Bill Yacey

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  1. 12 hours ago, Spelman said:

    Geared pegs are nice but, in my experience, not as accurate as (good) fine tuners. I like what @Dave Slight recommends, it sounds like the type in the Bois d'Harmonie tuners which I quite like.

    If you don't have any special lubricants, rub a pencil lead on the threads and it should work.

    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. 3 hours ago, David Burgess said:

    I grew up pretty close to the Northwest border, so we had to learn a little Canadian in middle school, in case we took a wrong turn driving home drunk from a party, and needed to ask for directions back to the U.S.  Did you guys have to learn any U.S.'n?

    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.

  3. 6 minutes ago, David Burgess said:

    Oh, that's right, I remember now. (We had to learn a little about Canada in my Canadian language class)

    Thank goodness for Google Translate, otherwise we wouldn't be able to have this discussion.:D

  4. 8 hours ago, David Burgess said:

    Then how do the giraffes stay fed? :o

    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.

  5. On 5/1/2020 at 2:18 PM, David Burgess said:

    But under the dirt, where? Wasn't the Maestro Stradivari un-entombed from his supposed original resting place, and moved somewhere else?

    I am currently making violins from trees growing above Stradivari's body, and thus furnished with his nutrients. These trees may or may not be in Nova Scotia. ;)

    Great. You just set in motion the mass deforestation of what was a nice province.:lol:

  6. 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:


  7. 13 hours ago, jezzupe said:

    In a pinch a wider sanding belt can work , you can cut holes/handles in the end to use to tug it tight. they handle the heat quite well if they are the cloth style backed belts 

    That's what I use, and it works very well.

  8. 9 hours ago, JacksonMaberry said:

    Indeed. I did not mean, in excluding these factors, to insinuate they are not important. 

    I remain unconvinced, however, by the seemingly over romantic and somewhat sentimental assertion that the steels of the late renaissance are somehow as good as it gets. 

    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.

  9. 3 hours ago, JacksonMaberry said:

    The were certainly able to alloy good steel, and there's no reason to believe makers of old didn't have access to good tools. I'd agree that what they were using is likely superior to what you'd find in a home depot, but several hundred years of metallurgy has gotten us pretty far. 

    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.

  10. 1 hour ago, Dennis J said:

    That's certainly true as far as alloyed steels are concerned. But forged high carbon steel specifically for woodwork use I'm sure is superior to anything else. That's why I've collected the older forged chisels and gouges that I have.

    It was taken for granted 100 years ago or so that forging high carbon steel into all sorts of edge tools was the only way to go.

    Whether contemporary toolmakers using the same techniques can produce the same sort of results is another matter. I doubt that they are using charcoal to carbonise iron as was once done.

    Perhaps the Japanese are.

    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.

  11. 4 hours ago, David Burgess said:

    I'm thinking of Herron-Allen as someone who was obsessed with the sound of their own voice, and a literary style which used too many words, as if being paid according to the word-count.

    He was indeed, quite verbose.

  12. 11 hours ago, David Burgess said:

    Raising one leg above my head was awkward, when I was vertical. :lol:

    We had a good teamwork thing going before "Shar Wars", didn't we? And after, we all recovered, and moved on to bigger and better things.

    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!

  13. On 4/17/2021 at 10:25 AM, Anders Buen said:

    A floor mic has an interesting property. It does not color the recorded sound. The signal becomes a little louder. However, it is probably a little suseptible to "floor noise".
    In Hardanger fiddle music, or many other folk fiddle traditions, foot percussion is a part of the experience. 

    When you say floor mic, are you talking about a pressure zone mic / boundary mic?

  14. 2 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

    I would have thought that the best varnish was 1700ish, and that we have been going downhill since then

    I didn't mean we were making better varnish, just getting closer to what the  Cremonese used, or didn't use, with modern analysis.

  15. 34 minutes ago, Larry F said:


    If one can figure out how to make a fiddle from his directions and outlines, it will be OK.  The varnish chapter is full of confusing stuff that will lead the beginner down many dark rabbit holes.

    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.