Arash

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  1. Arash

    Fresh wood

    The link is very helpful, thanks: "Defects, such as warp and end splits, that occur during drying are usually a result of poor stacking and sticking techniques."
  2. Arash

    Fresh wood

    Some years ago Melvin wrote: My question is: if the wood is freshly cut, isn't there a chance that it might warp if stored vertically? How do you prevent fresh wood from warping while leaving it to dry? (The question is not addressed to Melvin, although I would be happy to know how he does it )
  3. Thanks, Joe. Beautiful markings, looking forward to seeing the varnished instrument. I am always amazed to see the effects of varnish on wood, particularly so on "alternative wood".
  4. I would love to see pictures of that wood!
  5. Curious to know where old maple is reported to be soft? Isn't the wood of older instruments supposed to be brittle due to its age, which apparently contributes to tonal qualities of the instrument? Not saying that it makes any older instrument or wood better, just that it is one of the factors.
  6. Those Ashley Ilse chisels that John posted are very tempting, Jim. I will most likely not go for a set but one or two bevel edge chisels to start with and then one or two gouges.
  7. This thread keeps getting more and more interesting Has anyone ever used mulberry wood to make a violin?!
  8. Thanks for posting this review, Jim. I am planning to buy tools and have been reading this thread with great interest.
  9. Melvin, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on using poplar. It's good to see a poplar cello in action and it has such a beautiful sound. I will get in touch with David regarding willow.
  10. I had seen the cherry cello on your website and quite liked it. Very beautiful. But I think finding cherry backs is not easy Beautiful chicken too. I don't suppose it is varnished We used to keep chickens, they are nice and beautiful animals with tasty eggs.
  11. You can easily get one piece slab backs for violas and cellos; that's at least my understanding. But from all that I read, poplar is less commonly used on violins. Others will correct me, if I am wrong. As for the ribs, again, as far as I have seen, you find "matching" willow ribs as well as poplar. But a lot of people seem to prefer other woods as well, such as beech, right? I like willow ribs, they can look beautiful.
  12. Thanks, Oded, for mentioning these two points: cello model to take into account the sound quality of willow and avoid knots. Beautiful cello. I assume you made it.
  13. Thanks for all the information. I was going to post more practical questions later, but can now start collecting useful data. Someone had once suggested on MN that if you live in the UK, you could find cheap but good willow in sawmills. I have failed to find a sawmill nearby and as a result I have failed to locate (English) willow. Will make sure to post here, if I find something.
  14. Thanks, Joe. That cello back is fantastically beautiful (and without any knots). I understand people make violins with poplar too, but both willow and poplar seem to be mostly recommended for violas and cellos. Melvin uses poplar for his cellos and he too seems to be very happy with the tonal quality of poplar.
  15. Mainly cost. And then I think: if it costs less, looks beautiful (IMHO), supposedly produces a warmer tone and is a dream to work with, why should I not go for it. But I am happy to be corrected.
  16. Hello, Here, on MN, and elsewhere willow is often recommended as an alternative to maple for cello and viola backs. I know that willow can have rather pronounced knots. My gut feeling is that one should not worry about the small knots, which may make nice visual features, but what about larger/largish knots? Are they a problem when preparing the back? Will it be a problem to get the surface smooth? Or, when is a knot in a willow back a problematic knot? I would be grateful for your thoughts. Thanks.
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    Wood stain

    That would be great. Thanks, also for your recommendations on how to deal with fungus.
  18. Arash

    Wood stain

    I should have added that Oded and fiddlecollector had a look at the un-cropped photo and decided that the discolouration was most likely not due to fungus. My search for a wood with fungus continues
  19. Arash

    Wood stain

    We should keep a list of all the "secrets" that contribute to good tone: imperfections; fungus, anything else?
  20. What a beautiful instrument, I am speechless!
  21. Arash

    Wood stain

    Thanks, Oded. From what I have read here, I gather that this fungus can spread to the rest of the wood, is that right? Is it best to stay away from wood that has this type of fungus or is it irrelevant if it is outside the area which will be the back?
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    Wood stain

    Sorry, this is the original size and I cannot make it any bigger. However, I can PM you the complete picture, so you can see the stain in context. I wouldn't want to post the complete picture here.
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    Wood stain

    Can anyone tell from the attached picture whether the discolouration in this piece of maple is from fungus or not?
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    Copying violins

    What a fantastic resource. Thanks for the link. I don't know about the archives, but the posters are available here: http://www.orpheusmusicshop.com/posters.html I have two children, who are hooked on Stradivari, so a Guarneri is out of question . But out of curiosity: Is there a particular Guarneri violin that the conventional wisdom applies to?