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Julian Cossmann Cooke

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About Julian Cossmann Cooke

  • 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. You might look into baby bottle warmers. With digital thermostat controls, you can control the temperature pretty precisely. The one I have is no longer made. Others from overseas probably will need a voltage converter, but I've found the set-up a good investment.
  2. Happy to help out, Crimson. Let me know any specifications you have, e.g. grain count, flame orientation, density. I'll ship it, you can see it, and then you can tell me what you would like to pay. Selling one's stock of wood is not a money making proposition in my experience - unless the wood is extraordinary in some way.
  3. Not a problem. All work and no play... Don't suppose either of you will make it to LA in November. Would be nice to meet you guys.
  4. Pls PM me with mode of payment information. If the book still is available.
  5. I may have a buyer here. PM me and I'll tell you more.
  6. Stock available for linings, blocks, necks, back plates. I am selling at cost on behalf of the property owner - wood came with the property of a deceased Texas maker - and I have exclusive access to what is a substantial supply. Photos are representative. Based on the likelihood the maker was not still collecting wood after he turned 80 (he died at 102), the stuff is at least 20 years old. Process: contact me at julian@cossmannviolins.com. Do not contact me through this listing as I am rarely on MN any more. Give me your specs and I will select pieces and send you photos from the site. Once you have committed - this is based on an honor system -, I will transport to Austin (about a 2 1/2 hour drive) and ship from there. Once you have received the shipment, you pay me. Price equals: owner's price for the wood + my time in making the selection (5-hour driving time and gas not included) + transport and shipping costs. If shipping costs can be saved by some kind of in-person hand-off, I will try to accommodate that, e.g. if we are both attending a workshop, you can meet me half-way between the workshop and your location, you are coming through Austin. Shipping time subject to Austin's not exceeding Stage 3 of its Covid risk-based assessment for the community (we are headed back to Stage 3 as I write.)
  7. Yep, that was my thought. Thanks for the advice. I'll let the MN hive know what happens when I have a chance to try it.
  8. Thanks, Jim. This is some of the stuff I am helping the fellow out in Brownwood dispose of. I'm going to try a couple different thicknesses on the advice of Edward Maday, who doesn't use it but of course uses a lot of other nontraditional woods. I'll let MN know how it turns out.
  9. I've been AWOL from much of my online activity, trying to simplify life a bit, particularly in the face of an onslaught of repair and restoration work as people inspired by Covid-related isolation/financial constraints resurrect or maintain instruments they own rathe than buying. My question is: are there any ways to compensate for the porosity and fragility of sycamore when making the ribs? Any ways beyond the obvious: just don't use it. I haven't used it yet, but am selling large quantities of American sycamore and willow on behalf of the owner of a property formerly owned by a maker now deceased. (Must be 20K worth of wood in the workshop.) Many thanks in advance for any insight. PS No idea as to what kind of instrument the late maker had in mind for #2.
  10. For anyone who plays blues violin, what progression do you recommend to move into that style of playing? I have taken classical lessons off and on for the last 50 years. My skills aren't bad, if a bit rusty, and am a maker. By progression, I am referring to something like: 1. Basic fiddle skills; 2. Listening to blues fiddlers; 3. Basic blues fiddle concepts, including fingerings and "licks"; 4. Find a blues fiddler who can provide tips; 5. Work from recordings (or a specific book?)
  11. For the initial work on the fluting, I use a curved Iwasaki. It produces a very smooth cut so minimizes necessary scraping. It does not yield the proper fluting in the Stradivari style, but that can be added toward the last stages using scrapers or other tools. I like the Iwasaki curved round because the convex shape is easier to match to the curves of the fluting: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/iwasaki-curved-half-round-fine-file?via=573621f469702d06760016cd%2C5764197769702d3baa0002e9 I can't remember whether these are among the chemically treated Iwasakis that seem to cut better. Woodcraft carries them: https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/files-rasps# Not for those who want to stick closer to tradition. And, of course, this requires that one not be suffering from MTAS (more tools aversion syndrome).
  12. Right you are, David. The recordings will be available to VSA member non-attendees starting next month. VSA has been moving the recordings over to Vimeo from YouTube. Attendees should be able to access the recordings now unless some are still in transit to the new site. The intent is that they be available "in perpetuity" like the Proceedings Journal -- if you kept your copies ;)) --, just in e-form. So anyone who joins or renews at any time should be able to access the material starting next year. An email will be going out to the membership next month. I'll provide a heads-up when that is on its way.
  13. When I was searching for a microscope, I was impressed by the LabX.com lab gear auctions. If you have your specs well-defined, you may be able to find what you are looking for at a reasonable price. Bidspotter.com is another option. Of course, I also looked on eBay. Even if there is a return option, though, these things are monsters from a shipping expense standpoint. My sense from looking at things like reviews online is that it is hard to go wrong on quality with an older Bausch&Lomb which is what I ended up buying. It is adjustable both laterally and vertically and gives me plenty of room to work with tools, brushes, etc. with good resolution. I don't think I bought mine through one of the cited sources, but I was (and still am, why I don't know) on their notification lists.
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