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  1. This is a lightly used thickness marking caliper from a violin makers estate. This caliper is in clean, working condition, and can sell new for well over $100 from multiple tool suppliers. I'm offering this unit for $65 plus shipping. Please PM me if interested
  2. Another funny thing is that when Mary would call up to the shop and ask for Ed, Jocko would sometimes reply "Ed's not here." He never said that when Ed was in the room. A smart bird indeed.
  3. Nate was gone at that point, and Perry Price came by for a visit after his tenure there. I remember him being an interesting character, playing Sarasate's Malaguena while packing a pistol on his belt.
  4. 1985-1986. Jerry, you were there with Rod, Jenny, Nowell, Jack, Mike (McMichael). Remember tracking Lee's deer through the woods after dark? Jay
  5. I hear ya. I was a lad of 18 when I began my apprenticeship there. I also lived with Ed and Mary and was the night watchman for weeks on end when they were on the road. It was definitely a creepy place at night, and a hundred year-old farmhouse does make it's own sounds at night. I guess I was tougher than I thought. However I recall the place with fondness and do dream about the place regularly, but they are anything but nightmares. The only mysterious happenings I observed when the Campbells were out of town is that the content of the liquor bottles were mysteriously lower when they returned...
  6. $219K would be just the beginning of the investment, but the place has lots of unique potential. I could see it becoming some type of artist or craftsman studio/home/workshop, which is basically what it was. One thing the listing doesn't mention is that for the fly fisherman there's a trout stream just beyond the back fence, the Yellow Breeches, and the famed Letort Spring Run is just down the pike a bit. Beautiful area, very rich in American history, from both the Revolutionary and Civil War eras, Gettysburg is about 40 minutes south of there. And then there's the Appalachian Trail that goes right through downtown Boiling Springs. Anyways, you get the idea...
  7. Now that both Ed and Mary Campbell have passed on, the Chimneys Violin Shop closed it's doors this spring. The home/shop just came on the market and I thought for those of you who were acquainted with them and their shop you might enjoy one last look around: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/614-Lerew-Rd-Boiling-Springs-PA-17007/9284547_zpid/ I apprenticed with Ed over 30 years ago and also made the shop my home, it's hard to imagine the old place as anything other than a violin shop. It will be interesting to see what it will become. Jay D.
  8. This is a beautifully and deeply figured piece of Birdseye maple. This flat sawn piece was recovered from a violinmaker's estate and has markings that indicates it was cut in Wisconsin in 1969, making it 50 years old. The piece exhibits heavy Birdseye figuring and flaming and also features a "live" edge without bark. The approximate dimensions of this piece are 24 15/16" long, 7 11/16" wide (narrow live edge side) and 15/16" thick (a bit thicker at live edge side). This piece may be just wide enough for a violin back, depending on model. If used for another purpose, the piece will require flattening and planing, as one side is in the rough and still exhibits saw/mill marks. This would be an excellent piece for tool handles, jigs and fixtures, tool rack etc. This piece is being offered for $69 including FREE USA SHIPPING. Please PM me if interested.
  9. Sorry, pernambuco sold out and mammoth withdrawn from sale. Neither is available. UPDATE: AS OF AUGUST 2018, ILLINOIS HAS SINCE ENACTED A TOTAL BAN ON THE SALE OF ALL IVORY, INCLUDING MAMMOTH.
  10. I've actually used baby bottle warmers in the past and they do work, they just didn't last. Both of mine fried in a matter of months. But in a pinch they seemed to work well enough, for a time anyways...
  11. My own glue pot needed a rebuild at around 10 years, our shop pot lasted almost 20. I see Herdim makes one for $200-$300, it appears to be adjustable. I think $150 for a new Hold Heet is plenty to spend and well worth it in the long run, but I also don't blame people for making do with another arrangement that works well enough.
  12. Lots of arrangements will work, if one is just getting into luthiery a dedicated glue pot is likely an unnecessary expense and your funds are better spent on quality carving tools, etc. Any type of double boiler arrangement where you can specifically control the temperature should do (provided it's reasonably safe and reliable.) A Hold Heet (or other quality-made similar product) is a good investment in a shop environment or if you're in it for the long haul.
  13. Our Hold Heet just started to go last week. We knew something was up when it started throwing the breaker in the outlet. I transferred it to a power strip, fired it up and took the temperature of the water. Steam was coming out of the pot when the lid was removed and the temp was over 170 F and climbing. I found a reasonably priced second hand replacement and it's on it's way. The last time I had one go out I had the factory in Chicago rebuild it. I called them this week and their phone number had been disconnected, not sure if they're still in business, but I see plenty of people offering new Hold Heet glue pots for sale.