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About MikeC

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  • Birthday 08/23/1961

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    Violins, Varnish, forex trading & many other things.

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  1. Hi Fade, I think more explanation with photos and videos would be very interesting.
  2. hey I haven't been on here in a while and just noticed this. It will be interesting to see what you make next!
  3. "Hey where's that Guarneri kid, I need someone to pump the fireplace bellows while I varnish this fiddle." A. S.
  4. Strad applied his varnish with an airbrush? It must have been water powered, I don't think he had electricity.
  5. well at work I'm known as Agent Smith so yeah... heheh
  6. funny, when I saw the title LAFF I immediately thought of my linear algebra class...
  7. kills the chatoyance, The worst muzzleloader finish I've seen was by a well known maker, he used some kind of tar mixture. Look under sofa cushions for the keys, that's usually where mine are.
  8. I didn't have any difficulty using a round pipe vs something C bout shaped. Someone suggested one time that I should make a video. I would like to but not sure how or what camera equipment I would need.
  9. sorry I'm slow to respond, I have a one inch diameter iron pipe for that
  10. I don't know if a heat lamp would be hot enough but you could try it. Get the iron hot enough that if you fling a few drops of water on it the water should sizle and vaporize quickly, it only takes a little practice to get the right feel for it. I use an old leather belt for a bending strap as a backing for the ribs. No need to buy a metal strap, the leather works fine.
  11. If you're on a tight budget as I was. I used a propane torch to heat an iron pipe for bending the ribs. Don't use a copper pipe it gets way too hot and will burn the wood but iron won't do that.
  12. This is what I use for ribs, with a toothed blade. I cut the teeth in it with a dremel. I also have a non toothed blade for that same plane.
  13. David seemed uncharacteristically harsh, did his signon get hijacked by a troll? Going through andropause? Or is he just having difficulty finding sheep? I was going to suggest makingtheviolin.com but someone beat me to it. Also watch Davide Sora's youtube videos, they are priceless!
  14. That's what I was thinking. Looks more like walnut than maple. And those look like pores not rays.
  15. I have one that looks exactly like that. The label says made in Germany. I actually like that varnish, wish I knew how to reproduce it.