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Bill Yacey

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  1. When I was a kid, I found a site in a forest where a tornado recently touched down. It laid waste to a few acres of spruce that were around 100 years old; they were torn out of the ground, roots and all, none of the trees shared common roots. They all had their individual , shallow root systems, no deeper than perhaps 4 feet or so, from what I recall.
  2. See if Nancy Groce still works there. A very kind lady, and very helpful. When I was there, unfortunately they were renovating the exhibits and the instruments were packed away in crates and put into storage.
  3. You might try white scotchbrite pads, or rubbing down with some pumice. Alternatively, try 000 pumice, or even 00, which is a little coarser.
  4. I use the small Lee Nielsen scraper plane for ebony, among other things. It works excellent on gnarly grain with no tear-out.
  5. I've used G2 for over 30 years without any issues of creep, the first was one of my own bows, which I still own and use on a regular basis. CA may be good for the initial glue-up before cutting the spline slot, but if it lets go during sawing, your problems will be compounded. The only issue I ever heard was from a luthier that tried G2 for the first time, but he didn't thoroughly mix it properly. My advice is to mix it for at lest 5 minutes, and when you think it's mixed enough, mix it some more.
  6. What's the problem with chucking the bow in the headstock, and the bit in the tailpiece? Just don't spin the bow so fast that it flops about from centrifugal force, and drill with a low relief angle bit to prevent hogging.
  7. They must have eliminated candidates on high blood pressure pills during the hiring process.
  8. If you use a relatively small washer, it would get the arc except for the last 1/4" or so on the ends until you run into the linings. The remaining bit could be extrapolated.
  9. You can use the pencil and washer follower similar to what some do for marking the plate overhang outline from the ribs. Mark the arc on a piece of cardstock by rolling the washer on the inside of the ribs.
  10. Nut files These cut a round bottomed groove.
  11. I know it's a little late, but why wouldn't you just thin it with turpentine?
  12. For flat surfaces or a large radius convex surface, I have found the Richards single edge razor blades used in their hand scrapers very useful when a slight burr is turned on the edge. I've also reground and sharpened them to specific profiles successfully. Razor Blade
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