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  1. As a suggestion, you could maybe explore services like Gitbook ( https://www.gitbook.io/ ) to write, distribute and sell the book. I am sure many of us would be happy to pay for this book. And I gess other online publishing services exists too some of them include to have a printed book in addition to an electronic version too.
  2. @all: Thanks. @ernie: for the ground/varnish I am following the method described by Geary Bease in his book "Classic Italian Violin Varnish" @actonrem: Well, a little staging is nice sometime :-)
  3. Latest instrument, this time, its not a baroque instrument. Its a modern violin. Still based on the same Strad pattern. Here are some Bench pictures:
  4. Also, if you have progressive (And I guess that might work with other type of glasses too) and don't want to have multiple pairs of glasses and change them depending on the task, you can buy clip on flip magnifiers to change the strength of your glasses. Clip on like these: http://www.amazon.com/Magna-Flip-Magnifiers-Converts-Distance-Sunglasses/dp/B001MI8DK8/ref=pd_sim_op_2 (there are different strength and brand and prices). Its easy to have them down for a close work and flip them up when you don't need them...the good thing is that you don't spend time looking for them !
  5. Thanks, Yes, I am wondering about that too. And out of curiosity I will "one day" make a modern violin with a veneered modern fingerboard. I am wondering how musicians would react to that. would they shun it because its not "Standard" ? Also, with a veneered fingerboard you can not re-surface it as many times as a full ebony fingerboard before having to replace it (Or re-veneer it ?). -Tom
  6. Hi all, This is my latest one. Baroque violin based on a Stradivari model. With a veneered fingerboard and tailpiece. More pictures of this violin here: http://www.thomasbrenneur.com/en/gallery/8-baroque-instrumentsbows/192-baroque-violin-stradivari-model Enjoy !
  7. Thanks so much for those pictures Mr Hargrave. Can you tell us a bit more about those fingerboard: what is the curve used ? do they have a big scoop ? Also to add to this thread about the nick, but I don't know if this is relevant or not but this is something that I noticed when shaping the handle of a baroque instrument, is that having that cut here actually separate the front of the fingerboard (the part glued to the handle) from the rest of it (the hanging part). When I glue it, the side of the fingerboard is almost flat. I am not talking about the scoop in the lenght, I am talking about the sides, especially at the root of the neck, those side can be quite tall. But when I am shaping the handle later on, this cut let me shape the side on the handle (and blend it in the round of the handle) and leave the rest of the fingerboard flat. I don't have to blend the two. I don't think that this is the goals of those nicks, but this is very handy and visually pleasing. My 2 cents... -Tom
  8. Hi Jacob, The maple is not bent, its carved like a normal (but baroque) fingerboard. The ebony is bent and is about 1.5mm thick, you can find multiple techniques on how to do that here: http://www.fiolinmaker.no/en/tips_tricks/gripebrett.php or in the trade secret from the strad http://www.orpheusmusicshop.com/makers-making/SL265.html Hope that helps. -Tom
  9. This is on my bench...and following the baroque fingerboard nicks thread, I am not sure I should post those pictures here :-) This one has a maple fingerboard and tailpiece veneered with ebony. Inspired by the brother Amati viola c.1620. I have made another one with maple fingerboard and accessories, see here: http://www.thomasbrenneur.com/en/gallery/8-baroque-instrumentsbows/185-brother-amati-viola-1620-copy
  10. Hello alistaire, You should try to contact Rémi Rouleau (see here: www.rouleauluthier.com. He is making pegs and fittings (And instruments of course). He made the pegs and button of my latest baroque viola that you can see here: Brother Amati 1620 Baroque Viola (copy) and they are very nice. -Tom
  11. Hi all, I have updated the www.theluthierhelper.com search engine to include the images now. After entering your search item, click on the search button. In the results, at the top left of the list, you can choose between "Web" or "Image" to see the results. If you click on "Image" you will see the images associated with your search query. Enjoy ! -Tom.
  12. Thanks Mike. The color of the accessories was my concern too. But looking at the real instrument (not the picture) the contrast is much less pronounced in real light conditions. So the accessories don't stand out as much as they seem to be in the picture. Pictures of instruments never really convey what they look like when you see them for real. The lighting conditions always seems change the color of the varnish, and in this case, the color of the accessories. -Tom.
  13. I agree that sometime, someone else work (Classic or modern) is inspiring and leads you to try new things or pay attention to something you where not really looking at. That happened to me not that long ago too and motivated me to make this instrument. I am honored if this violin give you this kind of feelings and wish it translates into something that you like and enjoy making. For the compactness, maybe this is also because this is a "small violin" somehow. Its body length is 341mm and rib height between 28 and 29mm. Its not big. By the way here is a new picture, and I posted more in my gallery. (Photo by Jean Fitzgerald) -Tom
  14. Thanks a lot for your kind words ct ! But what do you mean exactly by "general compactness" ? -Tom.
  15. Thanks. And yes, I will probably stain the pegs...in the next instrument. In this one, this is a request from the musician to have light colored pegs (The picture make them lighter than they are in real life). I think that with time they will get a bit darker, but still stay light (a bit like the second picture in Michael's post about old pegs ) -T
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