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  1. My youngest daughter is an archaeologist and uses Agisoft Metashape for everything from megalithic temples to stone flakes. I've often thought it would be good for violins. https://sketchfab.com/M_Robinson/collections If you saw a recent National Geographic documentary Chasing the equinox the 3D model of the Maltese temple was hers. Regards, Tim
  2. Ever happy to plug Australian products (I have no interest other than wanting to promote Oz businesses) HNT Gordon has a beauty, but bigger than the ones mentioned above. Available in the US at a good price because our dollar is so low: https://www.heartwoodtools.com/hntgordon/radius-plane Tim
  3. "I suspect that the most likely place for them to appear is in Argentina, Australia, Canada, or the USA, ..." To quote a famous Australian film "Tell him* he's dreamin" I've been looking for years. I'd be happy to find an unrecognised Smith. Keep safe. Tim * Yes, I know.
  4. My preference is for people to stand behind their opinions, which is why many years ago I changed to my name. In an ideal world it would be safe and possible for everyone to feel they could do the same. Sadly, we live in a far from ideal world. We are all leaving an enormous digital trail and the essence of privacy is the ability to control your own personal information, so I understand and support the right to use a pseudonym. The downside of this is, as Mr Darnton pointed out, that the reader of the forum does not have important contextual information about the poster which could be very important in assessing what has been written. Nothing is easy and the simple answers to complex issues are always wrong. Keep safe. Tim
  5. Not that I would know, but I've held the end of the peg in a drill chuck, with the drill fixed in a vice and turning slowly. Then I use an Exacto saw to make the cut. Is this in Johnson Courtnall? Can't think of where else I would have picked it up. Tim
  6. It looks like there was a brass finger plate (and looking on the web I see some were very ornate). Can you make brass plate the correct size and shape and attach it to the stubs? I was wondering if they could be used as rivets - possibly not high enough - or drilled and tapped. What I mean is a cover for the area and to make the brass pegs appear to do something. An escutcheon plate - there's a phrase I never thought I'd write. My thoughts on a rainy day. Keep safe. Tim
  7. I am the last person in the world to even consider offering business advice to anyone. However, it seems to me that Covid 19 needs to be seen as a disruptive technology on steroids. The web demolished the old media paradigms, and dramatically changed pretty much everything else, over a period of years while the virus has done it in months. I don't believe it to be hyperbole to say things will never be the same. There is a very interesting case study in Cremona for an enterprising MBA student to work on. Perhaps the makers could consider commissioning a review of their industry. Keep safe, Tim
  8. I know this is a bit irrelevant, but the discussion of hardness amused be a bit, being from Oz. There are many native timbers that cannot be nailed (at least by me) once they have aged and some that will break drill bits. Keep safe, Tim
  9. Certainly in the days of the "god professor" they were powerful people, but even then what they did had to have some connection to their area of expertise and there could still be problems. Usually they were so obsessed by their research they had very little time for anything else. Which bring me back to thinking that if the photo was taken in a educational institution of some sort, whatever was going on there was work related. There are two bows on the stool in front of the 3 violins and music on the stands at the rear right. The number of violins visible (5 by my count and the inscription which indicates at least 2 more) makes you think this was more than a disused room available for practice at lunchtime. Tim
  10. I have trouble with the idea of a combined workshop/darkroom. In my BW days (which I want to return to in my retirement :-)) dust was always an issue. Doesn't mean it could not be done, but strikes me as unlikely unless the room was no longer used as a workshop. Tim
  11. You are right, I've enlarged that section of the photo. My mistake.
  12. I'm an archivist who has spent 34 years in higher education in Australia so my comments are based on this experience. I enjoy this kind of challenge :-) If I had to make an attribution I'd say the photo is from north America based on clothing. The room and furniture has a very institutional feel to it, but I would be surprised if an educational institution allowed a staff member to indulge their hobbies (photography and violins) to such an extent on campus. Hard to reconcile these two things unless violins and photography were the area of research - or just violins and photography was one of the research tools. If this were the case I would expect someone from the brains trust here to recognise him. I notice what appear to be an oil or gas lamp on the wall, right rear. Odd. Could happen in a forgotten/disused store room or workshop of an institution. Wikipedia says that self timers were introduced on the Leica IIIf in 1954 and that date accords with my other impressions of the photo. Ink pens were common in Australia until well into the 1960s, and of course are still used by some. I'd like to examine the paper it is printed on as well for clues. I'll think more about this. Tim
  13. There's a Cremona Downs station in outback Queensland in Oz, I guess they run cattle. Looks pretty remote and the Julia Creek area suffered in the floods of 2019. The maps shows there are quite a few bores in the area. Tim
  14. These are earlier stringed, bowed instruments: Detail from Durer's Triumphal Arch 1 Detail from Durer's Triumphal Arch 2 Angel playing a rebec, Suffolk, England 1420-40 Tim
  15. Many thanks for the explanation, that makes sense. Tim
  16. Is there anything visual which demonstrates the use of the turning stick? One my Covid activities is to learn to re-hair (purely for my own understanding and not attempting it on anything valuable). I have bought John Stagg's book and looked at many Youtube videos, some of which even cause even concern. Regards, Tim
  17. Actually it was W.E Hill & Sons. OK, I'll up the ante. A gourmet hamburger with whatever you want included, up to $30 value ($50 if you live in New York of course). My father-in-law was a joiner in the dockyards in Malta in the 1940s and 50s where there was a large Royal Navy base. The now Duke of Edinburgh was stationed there for a while and he insisted that screw heads be aligned on the ships. Ever since I was told this story about the Duke, plus a couple not suitable for a family forum, I have to align my screws (sorry, that doesn't sound right). Keep well, Tim
  18. When did this kind of thinking about violins emerge? I cannot imagine the inns of Cremona being full of this kind of talk at the end of a hard week at the bench. Is it Victorian romance that has turned out to be good for sales? Stay well, Tim
  19. Isn't it usual for a toothed blade to be high, rather than low, angle. Eg this veneering plane: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZAFQEEnaZVYAkihy7 Stay well, Tim Ps - years ago I bought the old Stanley knuckle joint, low angle adjustable mouth block plane that's in teh background of the photo. It's about the most used tool I have. Cost $12.
  20. Terrific Mary, I hope it all goes well. Tim PS - cats have a thing for stringed instruments https://photos.app.goo.gl/SzPL2EZSrZ3XWicNA
  21. In addition to a considerable about of home, boat and car maintenance and repair, including things you probably wouldn't bother doing (in my case, re grouting the floor tiles in the kitchen, dining and entrance way. My back may never be the same.) I've decided to learn bow re-hairing. I have John Stagg's great book and I have found Giles Nehr's YouTube videos to be good. You will be amazed to read that I don't think you can treat everything on Youtube as useful information! Any suggestions for other good info sources for bow re-hairing? Stay safe. Tim
  22. What rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne? Never. (Reminds me of about 20 years ago there was a proposal to build the highest building in the world in Melbourne. We here assumed Melbourne was just trying to see Sydney :-) ) I didn't imply there were no Oz makers, sorry if you took it that way. I'm reasonably aware of contemporary and historical local makers (and in an amateur way am one of them). As I say, stay well and enjoy the cello. Tim
  23. Um, err .. with respect, I don't think so. Stay well. Tim
  24. I feel relatively safe here to admit to being a bit of a plane freak. I should use part of my iso time to sort them and part with the many I really don't need. What I won't part with are my Turner planes - an Oz company that was subsumed by the Stanley behemoth. Eventually this ended up with pretty much no hand tools being made here at a commercial scale, like most of our manufacturing it went offshore (Gee, that went well didn't it?). Some of the early ones have Swedish blades by E A Berg. I particularly look for them, in fact any edged tool by Berg. This site is interesting for those with an interest in hand tools and the time to read: http://thevillagewoodworker.blogspot.com/2012/11/turner-hand-planes-small-review.html Keep well, Tim