James M. Jones

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About James M. Jones

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  • Birthday 06/12/1966

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    I have been working as artist craftsman since 1983. In 92 I began a three year apprenticeship for blacksmithing /doing fine architectural work in the high style. and have been working in the field since .In2007 I was able to attend a semester of violin school. My goal is tho create works that honor the work of the masters . I am happy to have MN to continue my learning

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  1. Duram's Water Putty for purfling filler?

    Didn’t mean to show any disrespect Jerry just giving ya a bit crap .... in fact I have the utmost respect for you as a human and for your work . Just felt like the OP was specifically looking for best practice, and the responses were not simply looking for ways to make the solution complex, but rather offering what they felt best. Oxams Razor is nice and all, even the flat earthers use it to justify their belief, Lol... but I don,t believe by it,s nature that it is a one solution only proposition.nore does state to exclude all assumptions, but to rather limit them to the least possible ...."That said I will most likely try the spackel at some point, and assume that the testers rubber is not for center joints.
  2. A Tribute to Neil Ertz

    Ouch,! So what path you think ? Fix or replace?
  3. Duram's Water Putty for purfling filler?

    Gee Jerry, thanks for the tip.
  4. Duram's Water Putty for purfling filler?

    Sounds ...bad.... question....does violin wood move? I have used the hide glue mixed with ebony dust and it worked.
  5. Shop made F hole drills

    Just goes to show..... always someone smarter .....simply bueatiful.
  6. Shop made F hole drills

    Not taking a personal position for or against....wasn’t,t there...... BUT...... in regards to out of round , If Strad was using relative fresh cut wood , two years cut as some of the recent dendritic suggest,then that could cause out of round by seasoning shrinkage. As well as cutting the holes during a damp period, .... also if Strad used any sort of water based treatment of the top that swelling of the grain could. Also cause out of round. , If the tool had any runout or a slightly less than perfect tooth , or even by a different hand ,this could also cause different sizes to be produced. Drills , hole makers are among our oldest technologies, Some of the finest tools of the era were produced en mass only a few miles from Cremona, Violin making was at that point essentially state of the arts , Craftsmen have always sought best practice solutions to problems .....ancient tool manuscripts list hole makers under luthiers tools. As well as the physical evidence sited by Hargrove and others.....points to ponder.
  7. Shop made F hole drills

    You could try this..... clamp a hardwood block squared up under the drill press. Drill a hole the size of the stock you wish to center drill in said block of wood , without unclamping ,insert the blank so that about a half inch....stick up and throw a vice grip on it , use a center drill , one of those short rigid types. Might qualify for good enough.You could also cut the block toward the hole to make a clamp , but that would mean re aligning and clamping introducing error. ...I used a counter sink to mostly relieve the inside before filling edges.
  8. Question for purfling makers

    Thanks Davide, knew it was somewhere. Got some strips planned up with the help of my son, fun working with him....pulls a rope real good. Now they have been boiled in KOH and the logwood, soaking now. Looking forward.
  9. Question for purfling makers

    Looks fun , getting ready to have a go at it. Got the plane a nice piece of poplar and a young buck to pull it ..... now I know it,s been talked about before, ...but..... does anyone care to share their methods for dying the blacks? I have logwood dye.
  10. Because everyone reads the Pegbox...

    A few points to consider..... 501c3 status is these days a lot harder to accomplish than before , I believe you need a five year track record to be accepted . You will need a fiscal receiver, an already established 501.... in order to accept any grants or donations while in start up. ... you will need to define a board of directors , .... and their primary responsibility is to raise funds, ...... It,s absolutely best if the board members hold no paid positions, insuring degrees of separation, lots to it. Legal advice from someone familiar with non profit work is best.....when we set up ours , in talking to the IRS the agent said “remember it all comes down to the opinion of the individual case worker “ so work closely with them ask lots of questions especially ones that have to what they are looking for......love the idea, music for all....Best of luck....
  11. How to make decent edges

    To Double an edge is to add a layer of wood,to the rib side of the plate,as was suggested earlier, adds thickness,works well.again judging by that 4.1 mm thickness should be no real need for doubling.
  12. How to make decent edges

    Rodgers method is designed around an edge that is about4.75 mm thick that then gets channeled , given your thickness I would have a tendency to just mark for the crest and work towards that line, a gouge would be the best tool under the big tool to small tool president. As Nathen pointed out a lot of edges simply run out without much rise to the crest if any, not much to get uptight over ...do your best ...make another.
  13. How to make decent edges

    That,s a matter of conjecture, 3.5 mm would not be to thin and would give some room on the inside for fairing the curve into the graduations
  14. How to make decent edges

    Forget about the bull nose for now..... at 4.1 you have just enough to mark the crest ,we’re the purfling channel meat the round outer edge,about one third the distance from edge to purfling, then run a shallow channel ,cutting the purfling down. If you need more thickness ,thin shavings can be glued under the plate to the rib side. After all this rounding the edge up to the scribed channel line and underside.
  15. Potatochipitis

    You never mentioned how old the wood is , or how it was stored.....early on, I had similar problems with cupping when working with freshly bought wood, now that I,m working off stock that’s been in the shop for a while haven’t had any issues...maybe a little lifting of the outer wings but nothing to write home about. ....knock on wood.