• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by mbmsv

  1. Does anyone know what happened to this company? I've been trying to fax them an order and then to call, but both their phone lines seem to be out of order. I' emailed, but haven't got any response either, although it's been only a few hours since I sent it... Thanks.

  2. What I have done in the past is pay by Western Union or Postal Money order, Direct deposit etc, and then have the item shipped to my friend in Georgia who then re-sends it to me. it's kind of a roundabout method, but it works.

    The question is whether it will be worth the effort and wait time considering all the fees involved...

  3. If there are a number of people interested, I have a contact in the U.S. that I can have these shipped to and then forwarded to your address; I would like to do this as a one time order so I'm not bothering my friend with this a number of times. Anyone?

    Bill, thank you for offering your help! Do you or your friend have a PayPal account? I am not decided yet, mainly because the price seems to be too good to be true... I doubt anything can be made in Japan at this price... On the other, hand they may be good enough for a beginner regardless of where they were actually made...

  4. I think all you need someone with a U.S. mailing address to forward them to you.

    Do you have a relative or friend who has an American address?

    I do have some, but not close enough for me to ask of such a favour. Also, it might be a little more complicated, because in many cases online stores ship only to the address at which the credit card is registered. Apparently, in case of Grizzly, they can ship to a border location (I live relatively close to the border, so I could go and get the stuff), but the order has to be a minimum of $200 not counting shipping.

  5. Yes, they represent the overhang.... but notice that they vary quite a lot (from 0.2 to 3mm ...), because this is an old instrument (I had it on my hands some years ago) with centuries of deformation, wood shrinkage, damage caused by bow contact, etc.

    So, sometimes the overhang is bigger on the corners, till 5 mm on some Del Gesù violins. That's why it's so difficult making an accurate replica. If you are not obssessive about making a replica, you can go with an overhang of 2.5 (in general) and 3 mm for the corners.

    Thank you Manifo. I am not obsessive about making a replica, I am simply trying to do a reasonable pattern based on this poster. I first drew a line at about 3.8 mm distance (2.5mm overhang + 1.2mm rib thickness + small margin of 0.1mm ), but found that the corners didn't work. They stuck out too far... So, I tried slightly bigger numbers in the corners, and they seem to have worked better, but I am still suspecting that when I build actual ribs around my pattern the corners will be sticking out too far...

  6. I though I would add a photo of the large roughing gouges that I use by Herr Scharwaechter.

    I posted them in the previous version of the Forum software and they have probably disappeared.

    Thanks a lot, Janito! They look very similar. How wide are they? Is the sweep different?

  7. Is that :) as in, you're exasperated with us? :)

    Not at all! Andres, thanks a lot!!! This is really useful to me and probably to other beginners. With regards to giving me an easy answer, I don't agree. If there was no substantial amount of money involved in this learning process I would have never asked...

  8. The Darnton list gives you the most useful sizes. Having said that, my advice would be to buy a couple and see how you get on with a particular manufacturer.

    OK, here is the Darnton's list:

    one inch #3 gouge

    3/4 inch #5

    1/2 inch #2

    3/8 inch #6

    Could someone attach a link with an image or a description or a link to a specific product to each of these please ? :)


  9. I have several Pfeil gouges and find them very good! IMO, they hold a good edge. Moreover, the prices are really fair considerably lower than most japanese gouges. Recently I talked to a professional wood carver who uses Pfeil toolls exclusively. He shares my opinion on Pfeil tools. Additionally, I have some japanese strikig chisels.

    I am still confused with the variety of the sizes and shapes as well as with the price range... Pfeil has a set of violin gouges, but they look quite differently from what I understand most of people use. Also, they are in-channel and most of people seem to be using out-channel. Which ones are you using?

    Lee Valley has some cheap gouges. I've already bought a 10 mm one. Is it worth getting this whole set or are they not any good? It would be great if someone could explain IN DETAIL at which stage of work which gouge should be used and how. If I knew exactly what I need I could search on ebay, etc... At the moment I am lost. I simply don't have a budget to do this selection by trial and error method... I think I have grossly underestimated the initial investment required :)

  10. Hello all,


    <BR>I just thought I'd show some pics of the workbench I made this weekend. I am thrilled with it so far. It's 6 ft x 2.5 ft x 30 inches - Pine frame and edge molding with a Birch top. Took me two lazy days and less than $70 U.S. (and I splurged on the birch top.)


    <BR>I am going to seal it and stain it this week - can't wait to put it to use!


    Are the pics still available?

  11. As price is concerned, the final result of your work will depend on the quality of your tools, as well as your ability to sharpening and using them. They will serve you many many years.

    Yeah, I know, but what's the minimum set, which will get me going?