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About MikeC

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    Violins, Varnish, forex trading & many other things.

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  1. MikeC

    Julian Cossmann Cooke's bench

    only two pencil lines so it's hard to know which is what. Doesn't button lac have wax in it? Does that matter in a sealer?
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    MikeC's bench

    Well for fun, I decided to try the inside first method. I wonder of the cradle really was used by Strad, if so then he would have had to do some initial arching on the outside first otherwise it rocks and is unstable in the cradle while working on the inside. I find it hard to use a chain so I made a rigid inside template. I chalk the edge of it so I can see where it's touching.
  3. MikeC

    "Nicolaus Amatus" violin identification

    ah I can see that now. It's like an optical illusion.
  4. MikeC

    "Nicolaus Amatus" violin identification

    The flames on the maple back are painted on.
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    MikeC's bench

    After a long hiatus I'm making sawdust again. The ribs where easy, more so than I expected. Plate carving on the other hand I find difficult so I am practicing on cheap poplar wood from the local home improvment store. After looking at CT scans I see what may be clues that may relate to original concepts in arching and thicknessing but my skill level isn't there yet. I made a copy of the cradle that may or may not have been Strad's. It works ok but could be more stable.
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    Joining plates: anyone use wood glue

    Gorilla glue expands as a foam but I think they make a non expanding glue now. Didn't Roger Hargrave suggest that the old Cremona builders may have used casein glue for the corners and plate joints?
  7. I'll win the ugly competition.
  8. Have started working on number 3 VSO
  9. MikeC

    Quilted maple 1 piece back blank

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    from dictionary .com Build - Verb construct (something, typically something large) by putting parts or material together over a period of time. This reminds me of something in the world of computer programming. In the licensed internal code of an IBM midrange there is a command called materialize object. So get out there and materialize a violin shaped object!
  11. MikeC

    How to make a good violin label?

    It can be a bit pricey but for the small quantities that violin builders would use I wouldn't think it would be a major expense. This is goat, they also have other types. They have quite a selection from whole hides to calligraphy sheets.
  12. MikeC

    How to make a good violin label?

    Why doesn't anyone use parchment?
  13. MikeC

    The scientifically proven worst song ever

    and I thought trolololo was bad
  14. MikeC

    Another extreme arching experiment

    Instead of an arch why didn't you make a flat section between the Cs and flat from there to both ends.
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    Another 5 string Sultana

    Hi E, what is burgundy pitch ? looks good so far!