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. It's not uncommon to find linings and corner blocks omitted on cheaply produced instruments.
  2. Looks like someone went to town with the sandpaper.
  3. How long have you been playing? Many novices use entirely too much rosin, which makes a mess of the instrument and renders a scratchy tone. If I play everyday for a 1/2 hour or so, I find I only need to add rosin after about a week, when the bow starts to skid a little bit.
  4. Before I moved to the enlightened camp and started using a router, I used a very similar tool. I too used it with the bevels inwards to ensure square walls when cutting the groove. To accommodate this, I had to thin the inside surfaces of the blades to allow them to cut a narrower groove. The way I see it, using it with the bevels out, it will continue to create a V tapered groove with each pass. One of the things that always bothered me about cutting the grooves manually was that there would always be small voids in the bottom of the groove because it's nigh impossible to cut a perfectly flat plane when picking out the material between the two side cuts. I like my purfling to bottom out perfectly in the groove without any voids. I believe this creates a more solid edge, long term.
  5. Metal roofing? Sheet metal?
  6. Please excuse my ignorance, but what is colorbond?
  7. If you paid money for the course, I think you have the right to be asking a few questions of the instructor. When doing arching, you have to sometimes stand back and take a good overall look to determine really what you want to accomplish. I prefer to set and finish the highest point on the arch, and then work on the edges to get them down to where I want them, very close to the finished thickness. Then, the arches start getting formed be removing wood in between these two points to develop the arch. If you don't set the edge and the maximum height first, you have to keep going back and re-defining those thicknesses, like a cat chasing it's own tail.
  8. The stuff I collect is a mix. Some of it is older and semi-dry, and the fresh stuff looks like water droplets. I filter and boil it off the same way as you describe.
  9. Lots of people have washed greasy parts with gasoline while smoking a cigarette, and some have gotten badly burnt; it's not really good to tempt fate by throwing caution to the wind. Any statistics on how those people fared over time? Besides, acetone is a pretty aggressive solvent. It could easily remove some varnishes completely.
  10. If you go anyplace where there is a stand of trees, and there is frequent human or animal traffic, lots of the lower branches get broken off causing the tree to exude lots of tears that can be easily collected. Campsites, cow pastures, and parks are a few places to look.
  11. Was the button lined up with the neck? Amazing that it held anything with the minimal gluing surface.
  12. A very curious mystery. One thing all these examples have is re-bushed peg holes. I wonder if it has something to do with that?
  13. If saliva isn't cutting it, stop and have a drink of vodka, contemplate the problem for a few seconds and try again with the fortified spit. For a sweeter tone, substitute the vodka with rum.
  14. On a violin, everything is affected by anything. In some instances a non ebony board may give superior results compared to ebony, and on the next instrument, the opposite may be true. Not much of an answer, but it's the nature of the instrument.
  15. I recall reading about a music instrument museum in the U.S. that has a number of Cremonese instruments. I believe it was in the midwest someplace. Help?