Julian Cossmann Cooke

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About Julian Cossmann Cooke

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  • Birthday 10/19/1955

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    Austin, TX
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    Making; restoration; psychoacoustics; grounds and varnishes; aesthetic and tonal development of the violin family instruments form

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  1. I can't believe you passed on referencing the obvious different uses for hamsters, David. But perhaps you started to go there and thought better of it as did I.
  2. Have you ever heard of a hamster fur hat? Come on now, GB!
  3. Their teeth are just the right Rockwell. I hear they stay sharp for a lifetime -- in part because wood-gnawing simultaneously hones. As to a source, you can raise your own. That would make you very popular with kids. Think of the show-and-tells at school (or these days, on zoom)! The other advantage of breeding them is you can come up with a variant that grows its own fur coat so you don't have to kill it to get the supplemental source of income. And then, as if that was not enough, the beaver goes out and buys a sweater that will grow into a new coat. This process goes on for the life of the animal. That's why mink farmers in Russia hate beaver farmers. If you want to purchase rather than raise one, I recommend an outfit called Beaver and After. They sell the animals and then all the supplies you need AFTER your purchase. I think they have a website. The only catch is the suffix is .net.
  4. The real answer is: beaver. Hold it by the tail -- if it works for squirrel tail planes... -- and it does the rest of the work. With a little guidance of course. They are also trainable. I have heard of some to which you need only say the name of the model you are making and away they go, with impressive results. Only downside is beaver saliva, though if you mix that into your varnish, adhesion end up being better.
  5. To the question originally posted, I bought a Stubai set before going to school -- probably on the advice of [redacted name drop]. I still don't use all of them, though I am of the school that appreciates having a wide range of options among my tools. And they look nice on the rack, which, after all, is why we buy tools, isn't it? But were I to do it again, I would buy perhaps 4 or 5 good gouges of the needed sweeps, bearing in mind that you will be making a cello at some point at VMSA. Then, when you are finished with school, you can sell those to a school noobie and trade "up" to a set if you want. Or you will have become so adept at making scrolls with a handful of gouges that you can spend your shekels on other cool stuff. Sometimes I think it would be ideal to be able to make with a minimal tool collection,...Nah!
  6. He stopped in at the Salt Lake school when he was in town playing with the symphony. Very down-to-earth fellow, showing genuine interest in students' questions and what they were doing at the school. Splendid player to my relatively primitive ear.
  7. Thank you, Randall and Michael. My apologies for my tardy response.
  8. Since this involves more than just recordings, I am posting it here: Cello candy from The Strad https://www.thestrad.com/cello-focus?utm_source=adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_campaign=22774 Including a 24-hour live stream by Jan Vogler who plays the 1707 ex Castelbarco/Fau Stradivari. https://www.thestrad.com/news/cellist-jan-vogler-announces-24-hour-music-video-livestream-marathon-event/10411.article
  9. Because it features instruments many of us are more likely to see come across our benches, thought I would share the link to the Amber Violins auction. 30 photos of each lot so probably some material people with want for their archives. https://www.amberviolins.com/catalogue/. Decided to post here because the pics merit the broadest possible MN attention.
  10. https://www.estatesales.net/TX/Round-Rock/78681/2484636?utm_source=gmail.com&utm_medium=email&utm_term=78723&utm_content=Austin-TX&utm_campaign=2020-02-21-1DaysBefore&fbclid=IwAR3Myx5bdEfR0Ze4QLXpsZXH-3Fbiayw_rUvhoglW8pLsoyJf7iXEcxuXUs
  11. I am finding out how delicate this local resin spirit varnish is as I fit the bridge feet. Just add these to the touch-up list. But I suspect others who may work on the instrument down the road will curse my name. The experimentation with the right mix of ingredients continues. An object lesson in the fact that the odds of one's hitting the right combination on the first, second, or even third try are long indeed. Not that I needed to find that out for myself. A conversation with Joe Robson already had informed my thinking. Still, it is human nature to think maybe, just maybe, our own experience would be one of those rare exceptions to the rule. Good thing my ego is not as fragile as my varnish!
  12. The knocking happened because I hung two fiddles too close together and didn't stabilize one before walking back to the bench. My bad in the first place. What the fiddles themselves actually did to make them knock against each other I can't say. But I haven't seen any fractionals crawling around the shop so I deduce that the fiddles were not bumsen-ing.
  13. Greg Sapp in Batavia, IL makes something like this, but a bit more elaborate. May be worth considering for those of us who are building-challenged in relation to anything not VSO.
  14. I bought some of this, but have yet to find the right firmness of brush bristle with which to remove chalk from the stick. The dust has been too coarse with the brushes I have tried to date. Still, the stuff comes highly recommended in restoration circles. https://www.eternityarts.com/chalk-drawing-supplies/fluorescent-chalk/