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  1. Have started working on number 3 VSO
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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!
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    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.
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    How to make a good violin label?

    Why doesn't anyone use parchment?
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    The scientifically proven worst song ever

    and I thought trolololo was bad
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    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!
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    About violin bridge tuning

    I can't hear any difference. Maybe I just don't have good ears.
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    Flatening a plane

    use a wooden plane like Strad and the boys, much easier to flatten one of those
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    About violin bridge tuning

    The blue circled part, I make the arch match the arch of the violin top plate in that area, just for aesthetics. Anything else is just homeopathic violin tuning.
  11. They didn't finish their own instruments? Where did you find that ?
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    What Did this Poor Viola Do to Deserve This?

    probably sounds a little screwy
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    No f holes??

    Well dang! you sat on my Amati, hey jr. go fetch another one.
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    Yellow clay pore filler

    Is that the same as we have here in Georgia called Kaolin? It's paper white not yellow. I have a 40 pound bucket of it Don't know what to do with it. Thought about selling it on Ebay. Some people in rural areas eat it.
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    Tool rust advice

    steel will dissolve in vinegar if you leave it in there long enough
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    Also my thoughts on the gazillion circles. I only had the PDF and it took me some time and effort to understand but finally I got the linkages right and it works. I would kind of like to do it again just to demonstrate. It may not be real soon though, too much going on. I don't have the PDF handy but as I recall there were measurements for the linkages, even if the method of determining those measurements is too obscure to figure out. Seems like I remember it having something to do with the golden ratio.
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    Cooking Colophony Down For Color, Low and Slow?

    Fred, do you mean the green copper colored stuff? It will turn yellow?
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    Since there were recent threads on drawing the outline using compass circles, which seems to me like fancy curve fitting but then maybe this is too but anyway, I thought about digging this up again and maybe do some kind of a video using the linkages to show how that works. But I got lazy and got too many other things going on, If you print out the instructions, it takes some careful reading and effort but the results are certainly interesting.
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    I never got the java code to work and no images, but I did print out the instructions and followed them. see my picture above from 2012. It was amazing how the three bar linkage accurately reproduced the outline of the violin, especially the C bouts both drawn in correct orientation and location with a single 3 bar linkage. It's a brilliant idea but I think it needs a little tweaking. As I recall it was not possible to draw the corners as described. 2012 was it that long ago, wow where does time go.
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    Cooking Colophony Down For Color, Low and Slow?

    how many hours is the one in the middle? Thats a big change from the ones on the left and then not much change until the end.
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    Cooking Colophony Down For Color, Low and Slow?

    copper compounds do tend to that color
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    Brian Lisus' Organic Primer...

    Hi Worley, thanks for that info. After or during the cook do you combine the copal with linseed oil? I have some Manilla copal and seems like alcohol is the only thing it will dissolve in. I haven't tried doing anything with it in a long time.
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    Brian Lisus' Organic Primer...

    Worley, I'm more interested in your cooking of copal. When I tried that it turned to an opaque concrete. Can you give some details on that?