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  1. How can you tell when someone is vegan? Don't worry, they'll tell you.
  2. What really matters in bringing out the best/worst characteristics of a bow, is a quality REHAIR. Of course, the quality of hair is a factor, but mainly, to have a fair judgement, you need to have the bow rehaired by a luthier who is able to produce consistently superb results. One who knows to "draw" out the best hairs of the hank, regardless of the price/quality that is claimed, & to use the appropriate amount of hair for the bow. (Hair numbers & weights are really irrelevant from bow to bow, unless, of course, you're talking instrument to instrument.) You can think of it as a sushi chef: top quality ingredients are KEY, and, since they are NATURAL ingredients (like horse hair), they will vary slightly, but those ingridients can only shine their brightest in the hands of a true master. ..otherwise, you will never get the best bang for your buck.
  3. ..So, is that a "no" on the claim check?
  4. If you get the Puffs with aloe, you can sob comfortably for hours.
  5. We can totally do tiger stripes! ...or any combination of colors, it's not limited to just the samples listed on the site. ...never tried leopard spots before, but we'll see what we can do!
  6. Hey! I have to justify how lame I am in my freetime somehow!
  7. Yep! There are many different methods that I have personally seen, with various "jigs" to accompany each technique. This method is very safe and reliable and Jerry will be demonstrating his style on his copy, (the one with stainless steel knobs) no doubt more than a few times throughout the Oberlin workshop. All questions will be answered by the man himself....because yes, there IS a reason for the 4 cutting boards, I didn't just custom fit & chamfer every one because I couldn't get a date for several weekends!
  8. Yep, yep! Mr. Burgess speaks the truth! I think that they are going to be on a first come first serve basis, however, Jerry will be the one to find and ask about pricing and etc. We will also have these hand delivered from the Pasewicz shop for free:
  9. I made a total of 5 and 3 will be available for purchase, (Jerry wants to keep 2 of them) however, sales are to be negotiated at Oberlin only. I only posted here to heighten the anticipation of Oberlin! Sadly I won't be going this year, but my colleagues will be there and able to help out with any questions.
  10. I just finished making Jerry Pasewicz 2 rehair jigs, plus 3 others, that he will be bringing to Oberlin for the bow restoration workshop next week. They are all based on his original design with subtle improvements and specifications as suggested by the master.
  11. Don't be glum Mr. Burgess! I know that all the roads aren't paved with gold...*ahem*...but I hope you realize that you are a true inspiration to all of us here. Especially us young(er) guys! (I hope to have triceps like you someday!) So chin up! ...here is some motivation if you're feeling low: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/13-simple-steps-to-get-you-through-a-rough-day ...Back to the topic, broken screws are a bitch, no way around that. Just remember to do no harm, and take your time. Where there's a will, there's a way!
  12. Whoa! ...did this have to be surgically removed from the player's hand?!!?!
  13. I think I will be sending a "care package" along with my colleagues, for the teachers to "open" after dinner on the last day...
  14. Wow, I know I'm not funny, but I didn't mean to kill the room! I suppose I am extra snarky because I'm not going to be able to attend Oberlin this year... Its very sad stuff and, just as Jerry described above, it is also one of my favorite places in the world. In my humble opinion, it the best learning environment on the planet. I have spent my last 3 summers there and the time spent has been invaluable to me. Seriously. If you are reading this and haven't been and might be thinking of going, you should really stop thinking and GO! I will be there in spirit!
  15. Agreed. Consistency is key. Even after buying the best hair from a trusted and diligent hair supplier, you will still want to "draw" the hair; meaning to pull out the last few squirrelly ones that are inevitable in every hank, right before installing it into the bow. I use "squirrelly" as a technical term for any of the hairs that don't look like the others: kinked, squiggly, discolored, etc. Keep it consistent! Also, working with cheap hair is just frustrating...especially if you are just starting out. It doesn't act anywhere near the same as good hair, and results in really poor rehairs that inevitably have to be done again anyway. Think of it as cooking an extremely simple dish that uses few ingredients (like sushi or BLTs): the best/freshest ingredients will make all the difference. You and your customers will be much happier for spending the extra $.
  16. "Money for nothin' and the chicks for free." ...is the motto of the lutherie! (yeah, I can bust a funky-fresh flow, too! )
  17. Understood. However, I noticed that the link regards only cellos, which are no doubt prone to more severe settling. Do you use a similar procedure for violins and violas? ...or is the spline is enough to suffice on the smaller instruments?
  18. Much better picture of you Mr. Burgess! ...I like how you photoshopped out the height indicators & the little placard you must've been holding...
  19. Yeah, the tip or frog block should never be glued in, although, unfortunately, many low-end bows are first haired with lots of crap crammed and glued into the mortise. This is very unnecessary if one knows how to cut a proper block. It is worthwhile to learn how to cut a block out of hard maple that fits correctly. Granted, this isn't the quickest approach, as it takes a while to learn how to fit a block without stressing the mortise, but once learned, a block can be cut in a few minutes and can also be reused over several rehairs. However, we do use a drop of wood glue on the spread wedge only.
  20. What?! ...why, if I had a couple of water balloons right now...tell you what...
  21. I personally admire Burgess' technique, the rippling tool marks are purposefully and methodically executed, showing that he definitely uses his hands to create the magic, rather than relying on power tools to get the job done. ...although, I have seen video evidence that he likes to "experiment" with alternate uses for a sawzall. (oh the ambiguity! )
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