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    Violins, Varnish, forex trading & many other things.

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  1. Arches have been around since about 2000 BC and were real popular with the Romans.
  2. I had to go look for that. That's a big book with a lot of interesting things in it. This may be a slightly different edition. https://archive.org/details/polygraphiceor00salm/page/872
  3. I guess FP means french polish? Davide Sora has an interesting version of spirit varnish, including an alcohol soluble version of linseed oil. So it's sort of a cross between an oil varnish and a spirit varnish. I'd like to try it sometime.
  4. I agree about the F holes, that's a good photo and good reflections.
  5. MikeC


    You shouldn't be huffing the turpentine...
  6. I used to have a google group years ago back when it was still egroups. I thought that site was about dead.
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    That was totally confusing. I think of the ground as being the primary finish with the varnish just a color coat.
  8. It might be a good idea to get a really cheap fiddle off ebay. I know they are junk but you would have something in your hands that has close to a reasonable arch shape. having an actual fiddle to put your hands and eyes on might give you a better idea of what to carve.
  9. For resizing photos I suggest using irfanview it's easy to resize then save the photo then upload it here.
  10. I have a website but there's nothing on it. I wouldn't have any idea how to put a forum on it.
  11. you could start a thread here on MN but might be hard to keep it on topic. I'm ok with FB or anything else
  12. I'm interested in varnishes of any kind, spirit or otherwise
  13. Dennis I've long thought that an arch template could be made anywhere along the length of the plate. All you need is three points to make an arc, one point being the height of the central long arc the other two points being the inflection points. So I like your idea of where to locate the inflection points. At some point you have to transition from the sides and cross arches at the widest parts of the bouts and get into the neck end and tail end of the plate. So I'm curious how you would do that. Also can you talk more about the F hole area. Most instruments I see look too full in the lower F hole area so they don't look right from a side view as compared to old Cremona instruments. I have some idea based on viewing CT scans but wondering what your thoughts are on that area.