James Claseman

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  1. James Claseman

    Henry Strobel, Sr.

    My first violin making book was a Strobel book
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    varnish as usual

    Nice varnish Joe. This is my latest violin with your strad varnish. Last coat applied waiting for a rubout.
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    Bending Iron

    I have this one. Its a little cheaply built (compared to the GEWA ones) but overall it is just fine. Mount it to a board and clamp it to your bench. I personally like the digital readout.
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    Managing our wood stock - how much wood we need?

    It would drive me crazy to try to rationalize my wood buying habit.
  5. DaTuner lite works for me
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    What does the Pegbox think of this scroll ?

    I am not a lawyer but this board may fall under the fair use doctrine. Section 107 of the Copyright Act states: the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. He is using them for criticism isn't he? Just my opinion.
  7. Dennis your drawing looks like it evolved from a Lira Da Braccio
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    Do you guys ever use liquid hide glue?

    I use it just for the nut. The rest is hot hide glue.
  9. James Claseman

    Becoming a business, where do I start?

    learn excel for you will need to keep a running inventory
  10. James Claseman

    Favourite plane for shooting fingerboards

    The small scraper plane from veritas is the best one I have found. It works better than my veritas and lee neilsen block planes. I used it on an ebony fingerboard with wild figure and it worked flawlessly. For a little deeper cut, I put a piece of paper under the front sole while adjusting the blade.
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    Safe Stripping

    I graduated from the Red Wing school in 2012. Before that I didn't care if my hands touched any denatured alcohol. I learned a lot in that school about violins but also about the chemicals that are added to denatured alcohol. It was clear that I should be using ethanol. Minnesota doesn't sell it in the liquor stores; so I made a run to Wisconsin during a lunch hour (right across the river) to legally purchase 2 fifths of everclear. At roughly $40 each I thought it was a good price. Also Joe Robson's posts about stripping seem to be right on the mark (although I have not tried acetone the citristrip is great).
  12. James Claseman

    varnish as usual

    Looks real nice Joe.
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    What is the most pleasent part of a build

    I like almost everything about violin making (still new at it). But I like ebony fingerboard work the least. Its just too damn dirty.
  14. I am also a Red Wing grad. My decision was easy, I live a little more than an hour away. Being able to sleep in my own bed at night was great. I was 50 yrs old at the time and wasn't the oldest student but most were less than 30. The program teaches the skills needed to get hired in a violin shop. The classes were tools, bow rehairing, bow repair (Not too in-depth), ebony work, touch-up varnish, bridges and soundposts, intro to playing (you can test out of this if you play), violin history, and violin repair (peg bushings, cracks, open seams, soundpost patch, neck reset etc.). All in a nine month program. But what most interested me was the optional violin making class after school. We didn't finish our violins but got close, the neck was set on the last day of school. I finished the button and neck at home. All it needed was a setup, and I just got a diploma for that. I thought the program was a little on the expensive side but I have found out that most things violin related are. I would definitely recommend this program to a friend.
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    Who's building What?

    Joe, Thanks for your comments. I figured the box was going to get handled a lot, and decided a durable finish would work best. I put on two coats of gloss polyurethane and one coat of satin polyurethane (ebony was just buffed to a satin sheen). I am also looking forward to your workshop. See you in march, Jim Claseman