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Dave Slight

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  1. If you zoom in on this picture, you can see where I had to add on a piece. It isn’t always strictly necessary, but I prefer to have my template laid on flat, for accuracy, when marking out.
  2. A shame it has been ruined, by someone with no knowledge, or skill.
  3. Although they are hard steel, because they are thin, it’s still possible to cut them with a hacksaw. Alternatives are to grind a line, or use a cut off wheel in a dremmel, to partially score the scraper. Line this up with the jaws of your vice, and give it a good blow with a hammer, it should snap off cleanly. A grinder, disc sander, or linisher can be used for rough shaping, but if you don’t have access to any of these, it’s easy enough to shape them using a bastard file, or similar. Just takes a bit of time. Refine the shape with finer files, then finish on a sharpening stone. Be sure to have removed all traces of grinding/filing, before using the burnisher to turn the edge. One of my favourite scrapers was made from the blade of a blunt Japanese saw. Since then, I’ve used the rest of the blade to make some others, which are all excellent.
  4. I can’t see the pictures, or they are not loading in for me.
  5. Two weeks before Christmas, and in the midst of an increasing pandemic, people might have other priorities.
  6. Absolutely, follow whichever method you feel most comfortable with My point was that after you have cut a 1.1mm channel to depth, the waste has so little integrity left, it almost comes out on it’s own. If you can’t locate that particular gouge, I really wouldn’t worry. You’ll see what I mean when you do some practice cuts.
  7. It could well be, or maybe they are only interested in certain types of figure and grain for copies of particular instruments? I’m happy with what I managed to get, I hope I can do the trees justice
  8. Around 25 years ago, I knocked this up from some silver steel, which I hardened with a blow torch. At the time, I was thinking I’d make a better one later. There was no need, it works great as is. Once you’ve cut the channel to depth, the waste pops out quite easily with a bit of persuasion. There is no need to chisel it out as such.
  9. The piecemeal workers who made these types of instruments would barely make enough to keep a roof over their head, and to feed their family. They would have had to work much longer days for their pittance too.
  10. It seems an unusual shape for violin making. If that is your intention, I’m intrigued what you are using it for. I can’t help with a supplier, but a business who is a Henry Taylor stockist may be able to order one for you, direct from the factory.
  11. If you mean the last violin pictures I posted, it’s a copy of a 1768 Gennaro Gagliano. The one before that was based on a Giuseppe Rocca.
  12. I expect they did keep the pick of the crop, and move on the rest. If that is the case, they must have squirrelled away some truly stunning pieces.
  13. Yes it was. I have more than in the pics, the one piece backs don’t stack as well. I agree that a lot of it is really nice, buying wood at auction can be a bit iffy, if you haven’t viewed it in person. This time I was really pleased with what I received.
  14. Dave Slight

    Old bow

    Even with the new photographs, I’m still not seeing the strange cut out under the stick you are referring to. Unless you mean the damage around the edge of the mortice?
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