Bill Yacey

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About Bill Yacey

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    Creator of Fine Shavings

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    : St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

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  1. All I could find is a photo of the scroll before it was finished. I still have the instrument. After carving cocobolo, maple is like butter.
  2. Porcelain enamel is fired way past 1000F. I don't think anyone is cooking varnish that hot.
  3. Cocobolo is a very unique wood in many respects. I haven't found anything that comes close to the acoustical properties of this wood. The only drawback is that it's heavy.
  4. A good instrument will respond over a wide dynamic range. One of my experiments, a cocobolo violin, neck ribs and back cocobolo, top Engeleman Spruce possessed an interesting characteristic: It would play softly to the most gentle touch of the bow, yet when bowed hard it wouldn't bottom out the way many conventional instruments tend to do. The harder you play it, the louder it would reproduce, as if there was no finite cap. I have yet to build a conventional violin that played like this.
  5. I make my bars with the highest point between the F holes; essentially the same height within the F hole boundaries, tapering down past where the F holes end.
  6. Loud instruments offer much more dynamic range between soft passages and full out forte, although many genres don't take full advantage of this ability.
  7. Iron pots? Cast iron pots are relatively easy to find around here; unfortunately they are becoming more in vogue with kitchenistas, so the prices have been driven up. Funny how things have come around full circle.
  8. Well, there has been talk for centuries already, of special qualities of the wood used by the Cremonese. Any research that confirms or dispells some of these notions brings us a little closer to the truth of the matter.
  9. While his research may not tell us exactly the answers we are looking for, it does eliminate some things from the list by the process of elimination. While armchair critics may argue his methodology, he's putting in the time and effort, and working with what resources he has available. More so than the critics who don't make any effort to perform their own research.
  10. No disrespect towards Nagyvary, but from my perspective, he has cried "Eureka" just a few too many times to be taken seriously. Very few of his findings seem to be peer reviewed.
  11. It doesn't look like the wedge was fit properly, and the tying looks bulky too. Take it back and get them to make it right.
  12. Another good source of steel for scrapers is the black metal banding used on shipping crates. You can find all different widths and thickness free for the taking behind warehouse buildings. This isn't quite as hard as spring steel, but it's easy to sharpen and holds an edge well.
  13. A scroll saw has very limited use in violin making compared to what you can do with a bandsaw. Don't buy a flimsy, sheet metal and plastic bandsaw, but a heavy cast iron unit with good blade guides and a quality drive system. Buy once, cry once.
  14. I like this approach. It's bad enough trying to change a broken string in the dim lit side wings of a stage, with black pegs. With the pegbox black too, it's even more difficult to see what's where.
  15. Far better to clamp the plane on it's side and use a shooting board. You push the plate blank past the blade; this way you don't get any wobble which can happen when free-hand planing.