Evan Smith

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  1. That arch is beautiful, It should work fine.
  2. Was thinking why would anyone torrify .29 ,,,, Oh! Don,,, That's right Don! Sorry just wasn't thinking, Think I'll go squeeze my chicken!
  3. This is definitely worth saving and thinking about,, as is this!
  4. At this point I rarely if never sand between coats, if I have nibs or nits or whatever someone wants to call them, I use a brass scraper, about .005 to .015 thousands of an inch. Around the ribs at the corners is a great spot to ruin by trying to get rid of a bolder by sanding. A properly shaped and sharpened scraper works for me. I push it into the debris and it cuts it cleanly out. The same for the channels. don't sand, scrape. it's more controllable and predictable. If I want to de gloss I use a cleanser made out of calcium carbonate to abrade the surface, there again it is not super aggressive and it is controllable. I use a soft bristle brush to apply it and scrub a dub until I'm happy. A soft toothbrush works great around the ribs and scroll. If I have used a water based stain or some type of calcium on the wood for a ground I use oil to abraid as so not to get white spots under the varnish from using moisture, If everything is oil based in the first coats and ground I will use water to lubricate the de glossing procedure as it will have no potential long term effects, or ,,,,just use the power dry then clean up the mess. If I think that I absolutely have to sand something (other than the edges themselves)I use completely worn out 400 grit wet or dry silicon carbide paper. I apply the varnish with a regular synthetic varnish brush then continue brushing and spreading with a stiff brush,,, toothbrush,,, fingernail brush or the like and continue until the varnish feels like it is starting to dry, at that point you can use the hand to rapidly smooth and polish the surface a bit,,or not. You will learn not to stop with the hand during that process as you will have to be sold with the violin, or for ever put up with people asking why you always carry that violin around,, was it your grand mothers or something? if done properly it will have no brush marks and be smooth and will dry to the wood retaining all the detail that we love so much to see. Then more color coats will have something interesting to creep into. I use micro mesh for necks, stiff brush for scrolls, ketchup for burgers and butter for rolls.
  5. There are so many ways and choices to make, have you spent some time looking through some old varnish threads, there is a wealth of information on here already, time searching through this information is well spent. When you find something interesting that you can relate to, take a screen shot and save it to a varnish folder as it is impossible to remember it all in one go. Save the good threads and then go back and reread them again. This is about like going to collage,, the reason people go to collage is to be spoon fed most of the time, the info is there if one has the motivation to find it and they will be the smarter for their effort. This is not directed at you in particular, just saying, this is a long road, unless you just want someone to tell you what to do, which I certainly want sometimes. The variables are infinite and what one says won't work another comes along and with a slight adjustment makes it work just fine. I have never done the same thing twice, shellac, oil,, shellac and oil combined. Turpene varnish, amber varnish, tru oil,, brushed, hand rubbed, padded, super thick, super thin, mineral ground, protein ground, resin ground, no ground, colored ground, golden ground, oil based ground, water based ground,,,,,,,,,,,,. It's like a big candy store, it's not the ingredients that matter as much as it is learning how to handle the variable of each one and learn what the boundary's are. Any more questions ?
  6. That's the older brother, Elias is the little guy that you met. He also beat a group of women at some numbers game that they were playing, a handful he is!
  7. I've seen lots of it on Washington state beaches, I have cut a lot of it after it has floated in the ocean for who knows how long. Density is about 41 to 48 or higher, very stiff and splintery, tough on tools.. One particular log about 45 inches in diameter had a metal spiked tag driven into the end with numbers on it, I figured that it had gotten loose from a Tug during a storm. Probably came from Alaska. Cut it with a two man saw and split it with wooden wedges, as all I had with me was a saw a hammer and a hatchet, the pieces lacked about an inch of making cellos, another one of my memorable moments! Went back a couple of years later and the winter storms had moved it about a half mile further south and buried most of it in the beach.
  8. No not our conversations Jim, but "Our" conversations "about" Jim! "We" were just gossiping about you behind your back, about when "We" had sampled too much "Spirit Varnish Thinner" and happened upon "Jim" in a sudden and uncontrolled manner, When suddenly "Jim's" Training" kicked in and "we" found ourselves on the floor laughing, and "We" are still laughing about it! Sometimes it's good to hang around someone that has their "Shit Together" My 10 year old son still talks about hanging with "Mr Scientist" and your conversations with him,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, He's a sharp kid huh? That's what I like the most about workshops and conventions and the like, it's the people, It's the good 'ol days!
  9. Yes nice work. So what does it feel like under the tools, what is different about it? Though I realize that could be difficult to explain, as I've had maple supposedly from Europe that is hard and dense almost waxy in feel, to stuff that is insanely lite and almost could be described as Styrofoam like and very chippy,,, so what did that particular piece feel like? Great fun with those knots for sure!
  10. I think that about 16mm and a full arch can give you the sparkle that you want from this particular wood, just about what I see in your pics, if this kind of wood gets a low arch it gets a softer sound easily. A taller arch will keep the stiffness higher all things considered and won't go soft as easily. I have cut and used a lot of this and it can be brilliant if it's not too heavy.
  11. If it came from Sam Compton it's is not questionable, It wouldn't be a problem if everything was made perfectly, but a flawed jar could possibly implode and take your eyes out, my jars are stored at eye level, I am cautious,, I need to move slow and think twice,,,, and as you could probably guess, Don,,, I have been known to do some impulsively stupid things before. Just a word of warning,,,,, rumor has it that you should never make any stupid fast moves around Jim,,, He'll take you out like a Ninja on Steroids! Right Jim!
  12. actually"Sorry Evan" didn't give an answer, only translated what Mr Manfio related to us, Mr Manfio, a man with a plan!