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  1. Merry Christmas

    Belated season's greetings from somewhere Christmas is as it should be - not freezing cold :-) Saw this at the beach yesterday, brilliantly combined different traditions: Best wishes to all. Tim
  2. Minimum size plane for making centre joints

    I certainly had trouble with my first attempts. I developed an unhealthy interest in old planes and other tools. One that I bought, an Oz clone of a Stanley 6, is brilliant for centre joints. I hold the two halves in a vice and a few passes gives me a really great joint. Of course, as said above, the blade needs to be bloody sharp. I think the lesson is a well set up plane with a very sharp blade. You do not need to spend a squillion dollars on the plane - unless you really want to and SWMBO/HWMBO doesn't find out. Good luck. Tim
  3. Violin makers in Vietnam

    I'm afraid I have no more information and have not been to Vietnam since the 2007/8 trip. I'm not in the US (in Oz) so I don't know if there is a way to contact him from the US. I see from my 2007 post I had an email address. I think that is long gone, sadly. Regards, Tim
  4. John Devereux Violins

    It's more than quite good :-), even allowing for my bias having given minor assistance and lots of encouragement to Alan during its writing and production, I think it stands as a significant piece of historical writing (not to mention the superb photos). Tim
  5. John Devereux Violins

    You must buy this: https://abcviolins.com.au/book.html Tim
  6. "Vuillaume a Paris" Violin ID?

    Really interesting story and shows the stark distinction between conservation and restoration. Given the history of the instrument I would have gone for conservation on this, which would have meant leaving the nails and doing very little to it other than a light clean. I guess there are no photos of the original owner with it? Might I suggest that the story with as many names and dates as possible be documented and kept with it. Don't forget to include who you are and your connection with it. Regards, Tim
  7. Original Baroque Fingerboards

    That's really perceptive and makes much more sense than what I thought I was seeing. I will do the same next time. Tim
  8. Original Baroque Fingerboards

    I'm interested in what to me seems a small amount of glue used to adhere the fingerboard to the neck in the photo below. It would have made removal easier, could that have been the motive? Regards, Tim Edit: Also just noticed what looks like a nail hole. Used for securing the blank during shaping?
  9. Secrets in the wood (Stradivari's maple)

    I'm very hesitant to enter into this discussion, I have no basis to do so and anything I say should best be ignored. However, I wondered if there has been any examination of the run-of-the-mill instruments made at the same time as the greats? Not everyone was a prince or a Pope and so could not afford a great Cremona. If there was a treatment for the wood, did the cheapjacks use it? If not, why not (other than it added to the cost of making). Were there el cheapo makers in Cremona at the time of the big names? Would anything be learned by comparing 300 year old ordinary, if they have survived, instruments with those that cost many times more when they were all new. As I say, ignore these ramblings if they make no sense. Tim
  10. Tool marks

    See: http://www.renaissancewoodworker.com/restoring-a-vintage-toothing-plane/ You might get lucky and find one in a flea market (I did), but mine didn't have the toothed blade. I keep meaning to cut teeth into a blade. Tim
  11. How would you make a violin suitable for surfing with?

    I do not want to know he was playing Handel's Water Music. Cue further really bad jokes about other musical possibilities...
  12. 3D Printed Violin Stradivarius

    My comment regarding the relationship between originals and copies needs a bit of unpacking, and I'm sure there are people much better able to do it than me. Even a really good colour photo of the Mona Lisa is not the same thing as the original, but then it is not meant to be. It is a copy for different purposes. When photography became popular there was concern it would kill painting - of course it didn't as it is different. Artists did and can use the technology of photography to produce art, but it is different to painting. I'm sure 3D printing will be used to create instruments (and many other things) but they will be different to a traditional violin. I'm sure there will be great makers with the new technology. Tim
  13. 3D Printed Violin Stradivarius

    The technology is seriously interesting and will be disruptive to may industries, however it is to a Strad what a colour photo of the Mona Lisa is to the original. Tim
  14. How Messy can Your Shop get?

    entropy ˈɛntrəpi/ noun noun: entropy; plural noun: entropies; symbol: S 1. Physics a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system. "the second law of thermodynamics says that entropy always increases with time" I am a very law abiding person. Tim
  15. Minature camera for looking inside a violin?

    Interesting that you hear that. To me it is a typical Sydney accent of a young woman of that age and SES (I work at a university and have daughters a bit older than I suspect Hannah is). There is the very typical Oz rising inflection at the end of sentences. The north American influence I put down to TV and cinema and overall US cultural hegemony ( I've always wanted to say that ) Tim