Bill Yacey

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  1. That's my findings too. The gear reduction isn't a high enough ratio for steel strings, which makes fine tuning similar to trying to balance on the head of a pin.
  2. The bass bar idea sort of intrigues me. I wonder what a conventional wood plate / bar configuration would do if the bar was arched so it only contacts the bridge area and the ends. Perhaps this would free up the plate movement a little.
  3. Except, the further the RI gets away from wood, the more the finish looks like polished paint.
  4. Wasn't there a joke about Geppetto giving Pinocchio some sandpaper to alleviate some sliver problems?
  5. MDF in my experience has pretty poor stiffness, and I imagine it will be very dead acoustically, too. I look forward to your findings.
  6. If you want to remove the sheen on an uneven surface, make a pumice and oil paste, applied with a soft bristle tooth brush.
  7. I learned U.S. by listening to and watching U.S radio and television. They tried to teach us Canadian French as a forced attempt to create national unity between the East and West, but it didn't go over so well.
  8. Thank goodness for Google Translate, otherwise we wouldn't be able to have this discussion.
  9. The tribal bushmen "Keepers of the Giraffe", hand select trees on the Alberta side of the border and carry them across to the Saskatchewan side to keep them fed.
  10. Great. You just set in motion the mass deforestation of what was a nice province.
  11. A scroll saw is one of those tools that would make-you-the-wood-worker-you-always-knew-you-could-be, until you get one, and start using it. Quickly you learn that it has very limited capabilities.
  12. Nope, he used Craftuomolinni.
  13. A couple weeks ago I received a mailing from Lee Valley, entitled "Sharpening by Hand, A Woodworkers Resource Guide". It's 24 pages of more or less sales propaganda with pricing on their different sharpening products, but they also discuss the products, pros and cons, as well as comparisons of the different sharpening mediums and purposes. I think this is essentially the same info as the booklet I received: Sharpening
  14. That's what I use, and it works very well.
  15. No, I don't think their steel quality was anything to write home about, but they made best use of what they had available. It probably just entailed more frequent sharpening, likely the job of a apprentice. It was always work, no matter how you look at it.
  16. Making a quality steel alloy is only part of it. The heat treating and resulting hardness has a lot to do with the quality, durability and ease of sharpening too. I remember my dad commenting on some tool or another as being made of poor steel, when in fact the temper was probably drawn too much towards the soft side.
  17. As a matter of interest, I seldom see mention of Swedish steel used in fine woodworking tools. Yet, it has been known as some of the finest quality steel made in Europe.
  18. If you make an edge too sharp, it has a fragile edge that will fold over or break as soon as you start working it too hard. For heavy rough work, a more obtuse angle is more robust. Reserve the razor sharp edges for fine work.
  19. He was indeed, quite verbose.
  20. Couple questions- Were you guys involved in some industrial accident, shop explosion, or something similar? How did you stop the wheel chair from rolling backwards when applying forward cutting pressure? The brakes aren't that good, are they? I like the shovel handle idea. I might have to give that a try!
  21. When you say floor mic, are you talking about a pressure zone mic / boundary mic?
  22. I didn't mean we were making better varnish, just getting closer to what the Cremonese used, or didn't use, with modern analysis.
  23. Much has been learned about varnish since those times. They didn't have the technical abilities for physical and chemical analysis that we enjoy in recent times.