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  1. I think the fundamental question here is literacy. Either hand or machine can be equally responsive depending on one’s fluency with their language. The assumption seems to be that a programmer lacks sensitivity to or understanding of wood or the violin’s form. Making successful violins doesn’t require a great intellect or any extraordinary wood working skills as the structural and artistic tolerances are quite wide. Whether one works with machines or by hand the same fundamental questions must be addressed and these questions have little to do with the mode of their expression.
  2. I would doubt a knife knows any more about art than a router bit.
  3. I have never seen a knife cut a corner by itself. The maker guides the tool whether it is a chisel or a CNC machine. To some, but not me, code is a much more immediate and responsive tool than a gouge.
  4. Same here. Failings are just that. Failings. I don’t think they are redeemed by calling them art either.
  5. Every tool (gesture, word, pencil, knife, brush, CNC, etc) is at least one degree of separation from intention. Intention being ‘The Big Idea’. Tools selection is more a question of literacy and suitability rather than humanity.
  6. Let’s not confuse Art and Craft. Art is knowing what to do and Craft is knowing how to do it. Handwork is intrinsically no more artistic than machine work as both are equally capable of distorting intention. Machines are just more relentless at it.
  7. Thanks, that’s a good website to know of.
  8. I’ve always used logwood powder for making purfling stain. Unfortunately I’ve run out and so has my supplier. And I’ve run out of purfling! I do have some brazilwood powder though. Will that work too? thanks
  9. I’ve taken down many a barstool in my day.
  10. The path to success requires excellence of thought but only a sufficient technique.
  11. The tools required to make a violin are not so many. I’d say a few of each: chisels, gouges, knives, thumb planes, bench planes, scrapers, ruler, divider. Maybe even just a couple of each. A band saw is helpful but you can use a coping saw for pretty much everything that needs sawing. The demands on woodworking skill are not that great either really. You don’t have to be a Stradivari to make great violins. As in all things knowing what to do is everything.
  12. Yes, but I believe they are endangered.
  13. Anyone have suggestions for instrument glue or glue additives for violins in tropical climates?