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    Wellington, New Zealand
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    Violin making, tool making, varnish making, casein emulsion grounds

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  1. Very cool. Made his own glue from tendons procured from the local meat packer.
  2. I suspect a bad batch of glue. I use the Bjorne glue and never had problems. Time to get some glue from a violinmaker near you.. I must compliment you. You seem to be doing everything right. And very methodically. You need a Zoom session with one of the professionals or experienced amateurs on here. Please, someone. Help Taylor out.
  3. Swiss maker, worked in Nelson, NZ. Is he still living? Thanks.
  4. Mike, Don’t you mean mineral spirits, instead of mineral oil?
  5. I can help with sharpening. Pm me, if you want to take that route.
  6. And now, to see the video I wish I could have seen 30 years ago... How a really sharp scraper works, and how someone with excellent hands (Davide Sora) uses it. Thanks Davide
  7. Brad, Actually it needs a special technique. Getting the drill to go through is not the problem. The steel deforms near the hole so that you have a non-flat scraper. Maybe drilling the hole with some annealed steel underneath the scraper would help. We have people on here who know the answer to this, I am sure. Scraper steel is not too hard. Some entrepreneur might have 200 sets of scrapers cut out by laser. The profit margin might barely justify doing it.
  8. Bingo, but also to hold the scraper vertical to the stone. This thing works! I bought cheap diamond stones, diamonds embedded in stainless steel. 400 grit, 1000 grit, 2000 grit. These stones are thin, 1.0 mm or so. But they are cheap, and they work. 1/2 point to Andreas.
  9. Very close. Don gets 1/2 of a point. I will use that idea when I have a belt grinder, which I don’t have now.
  10. Very interesting. But not what this was designed for