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Peter White

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  • Birthday 08/28/1947

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    I am the Director of the New Mexico Musical Heritage Project at the University of New Mexico.
    Sponsored the VSA Convention in 1991 in Albuquerque
    Medal in Cremona for Antiqued violin 2010

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  1. I have know and bought wood from Bruce and John for many decades. Both great guys and in fact using some tepper wood right now. And harvie willow too. I’ll look into John Griffin Thanks fir the information. Peter white
  2. Thank you all. I found what I was looking for from a reasonable source, not crotch wood but interesting wood. Thank you folks for sending me reliable and professional information. Peter white
  3. Thank you for your replies. I have decided to look elsewhere for more unusual wood. I do love the regular quarter cut maple, highly flamed. But I’m 73 years old and just looking for something different and aesthetic, or striking, than our regularly used wood. I’d appreciate any suggestions. Perhaps steer me to wood dealers you know and trust. Thank you, Peter White
  4. Wood butcher. If it’s not burl, what is the crazy wood on the site.? I have added a photo of a typical piece. If it is slab cut, is it advisable to use such wood on the site for violin backs? Thank you.
  5. Thank you for your replies. I should have posted a photo.
  6. I am considering buying a violin back from Stefan Poliacik of Slovakia. The piece is what he calls crazy maple . I believe it’s burl maple. It looks beautiful. But can a person make a good violin from burl maple? Is it too hard? Have you ever tried this wood.? Thank you. Peter white
  7. Hello: I am sure this topic has been beat to death, but I’m not sure how to access older threads. i have a question: I have many friends in Eastern Europe who use alcohol based varnish— various recipes. Some spray, some brush. I have only ever used oil varnish which I have cooked. In various ways since 1978. I would like to know what violin dealers in the best or very good violin shops in the Western world think when they are presented with an alcohol based instrument, hand made by the maker? Are dealers put off by alcohol finishes or are they open to it? I am talking about shops that we all know are exclusive, owned and operated by people who have a long history of dealing in Violins. I know many shops are primarily interested in old Italian or French Violins. But I wonder what such dealers think about representing alcohol based varnishes? I spent my life as an academic so I’m just asking to see what others think about this question. Thanks for your input. I appreciate it. I’m a teacher so I like to know things. Peter White
  8. I think there is a great photo of this violin in Stradivari’s Varnish. This is the book that scientifically analyses Stead’s varnish. I don’t have the book any more but I think the violin was made on the large pattern (g?) but I noticed it had ver very dark flame. I tried in vain to copy it. Peter white see below. My version. I’m just trying, I don’t sayits good but I did make the pattern and attempt the color.
  9. Dear Edi, Juzzepi, and David Thank you all for the suggestions. Since six men and one woman work in this shop doing set ups, but not making, I have plenty of help and skill to build a good bench like the one Edi suggested. We will want to build a bigger bench because at some point we may make cellos, or after I retire other makers might want a really substantial bench. I’m not too sure about mounting a vise to the bench but I think we can figure that out. When I bought ten benches for my program at the University of New Mexico, one was really heavy duty and had two great, deep vises. All I can remember is they cane from some supplier in New York. They were very inexpensive and solid . Before we build a bench I am waiting for Klarissa, my successor, to see if she can identify the make. I know Brian and David. David is a weight lifter I think and so he needs a bench mounted to concrete. You guys are great with the help and good humor. If you want to sell any of your violins write to me at peter505white@gmail.com. My boss is looking to expand his stock to include individually made high quality American or European violins. I’ll put you in touch with him if you write to me thanks pete
  10. Thank you for your recommendation. I like these benches peter
  11. Hi Nathan. I moved to Florida to enjoy the weather and spent three years in St. Petersburg Florida then moved to Fort Lauderdale where I was offered a job teaching violin making at a big retail violin shop.  I still have my home in Albuquerque. 

  12. Dear makers. I currently live in Florida and a violin shop has asked me to teach its staff of set up people how to make a violin. They need to buy a workbench which has a vice deep enough to hold my two violin plates as I plane them for joining. And this bench should have dogs. About ten years ago I bought great benches from a place in New York and assembled them for my classes at the university of New Mexico. I only need one sold bench That you would recommend. Nothing fancy or expensive, maybe five or six or even eight feet long most important is the deep vice and dogs in a stable bench. Thank you for for your suggestions. Peter
  13. Mike d. This is a very fine cello with beautiful Fulton varnish. Thank you for showing me this. I very much appreciate your help and I will aim to clear up what I am not doing properly. Thank you. I don't think I will have time to varnish another violin before I leave for Florida but when I get back I will send you a photo of the results of my cooking and varnishing process. Thanks again. Beautiful Color. Peter
  14. Hi mike D. I have a question which may seem stupid but have you determined that the varnish is red brown by looking at it in the bottle you store it in after cooking. ? All Fulton varnish looks brown in the bottle Anyway Fulton wrote to me he stopped using iron acetates he originally said to make iron oxide by placing steel wool in vinegar. I have bottles of that from 1978. Fulton also said he stopped using chlorides. In the book I have by Fulton he describes how to make straw colored vanish amber varnish and dark brown . It basically temperature driven. I agree that Diamong G would be a good test I just have to make sure it is fresh gum turpentine and not old turps which will not have the hydroperoxides . I wonder if you could brush a few coats of your red brown varnish on maple for me to see. We may be disagreeing about the definition of brown. If you look above you see the red brown varnish I used on my sons violin in 1994 Thanks for the speculations. Very interesting. Peter
  15. Joe. Spirit varnish usually goes over something similar to it but it chips. In my opinion which is not worth much varnish without oil or too little oil chips and is brittle. It usually makes violins sound good right away because of the stiffening of the plates, but in time oil varnish produces both beauty and sound. Sometimes great sound if the application is proper. I do agree that the ground and the varnish must adhere and of course this is important. That's why I am asking folks here about ground coats. You are right. My opinion has to do with seeing so many lean varnishes chipping away very quickly after purchase Peter
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