Jim Bress

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  1. I used screws for clamps for making the bench tops. This form is 3 layers of 18 mm Birch ply. The cut outs took off quite a bit of weight, but still has some heft. I'm going to add a support post that bolts onto the center of the form to use with the pattern makers vise. Something like what's on Melvin's bench, which is where I got the idea.
  2. The color looks great. The figure is amazing!
  3. Wait, you mean we can pass on infections by sharing a jar of moonshine? Now that’s life changing! Humor is also a healthful necessity in times of stress. Cheers, Jim
  4. This should be interpreted as preliminary findings: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973
  5. Waaaay back in history I was a keeper for box and wood turtles, we used a dirt substrate. Most of the year it was an outside enclosure. During the winter they were moved inside. The indoor habitat substrate was also dirt (less change) in a hard plastic pond liner. I would be concerned with any coating you put on the wood because it can be gouged by the tortoise' nails or by biting the wood (tortoise equivalent to horse cribbing).
  6. Some support for your idea. Published by Scrollavezza & Zanre in The 1690 “Tuscan” Stradivari violin.
  7. i don't have a website. I probably won't have one until I retire (again) and can focus making instead of earning living. I'll post a sound clip when I'm happy with the setup.
  8. Great idea Brad. I never thought to ask for paper instead of the various plastic packaging. I try to reuse any packaging I get. Also, As some folks on MN that have received packages from me will attest, I often ship using wood shavings.
  9. Thank! Yes, this is the “Tuscan” model. I’ve made lots of cosmetic mistakes, with less than perfect repairs. I’m happy with the functional parts (arching, graduations, neck set), so I plan on making this my new player as I’ve out grown my #1. I guess that means my playing has gotten less bad.
  10. Looks nice Jay. The Amati instruments really are my favorites. I thought about trying to put together an Addis set of gouges before buying from Stubai. I love old tools. Show off your your gouge set when you get a chance. Take care, Jim
  11. Lol, I looked at he pics. before reading. I was wondering if thinning the left side...oh what you said. Thanks for the pics.