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Dominik Tomasek

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  1. As mentioned above, the only violin making school is the one situated in Cheb, that is mentioned by Jacob. One can also become an apprentice with a violin maker who has finished his formal violin making studies and after several years and after recieving refferals from the violin maker, one can apply for a trade license at Trade Licensing Register. But that means you end up with trade license only without any diploma. Also the success of this unoficial way is not guaranteed...

  2. 22 hours ago, Shelbow said:

    I really like the colour of the varnish, lovely!

    Thank you, Shelbow.

    The violin is varnished using glazing technique. The colour itself is achieved by layering transparent indian brown oil paint. Transparent indian brown by Koh-i-noor has got awfuly orange colour once applied in single layer, but with adding more layers the colour changes into something beautifuly reddish-brown. 

  3. Dear maestronetters,

    I have decided to start my own bench thread since I had never shown my work here on the forum before. Still experimenting with the varnish though...

    I enclose pictures of my recent instrument after Guarneri del Gesù. Antiqued oil varnish. 







  4. On 11/24/2021 at 2:23 PM, Flattmountain said:

    Thank you! 
    id imagine that beech ribs would be interesting as one could simply wet bend them I heard.  

    It indeed is. Using beech for the ribs is perfect. It cuts like butter and bending it is beyond easy. The look under varnish is quite appealing too. I do also have very good experience with using quatered beech for small viola backs. The plate generally needs to be a bit thinner than maple back, but it gives the instrument sort of deeper sound as you can even hear in del Gesú's Terminator for example.  

  5. On 8/9/2021 at 7:37 PM, RobertL said:

    That said damar for me worked really well. Nothing special just winsor and newton.

    Dear RobertL,

    did you use the W&N dammar varnish straight out of the bottle? I once, from no obvious reason but mainly as an experiment, tried to use Umton Dammar varnish (used for varnishing paintings obviously) but with no luck. Although it dried fairly quickly and seemed to be hard enough, I could not touch the instrument as the heat of my hand made the varnish sticky almost immediately.

  6. From what I can see there are two different (?) instruments in the OP. If not I am confused! Anyway I agree with HoGo that the instrument in the first picture has got beech back. Not quatre sawn but beech. I have been quite successful with using beech in small viola backs, they give the instrument quite warm sound but also a bit of a weight. As HoGo says there is a famous Del Gesú violin with beech back and also there is a Paolo Testore viola with back plate of the same wood. 

  7. 38 minutes ago, jezzupe said:

    It has properties similar to Meranti {Philippine mahogany} , it's good for guitars, never made a fiddle from it, mostly because it's kinda bland looking, but I;m quite sure you could make a good instrument from it, you just have to build it and find out.

    There are very few violins/fiddles made from species outside of Maple/Spruce, they exist, but % wise they are very rare. I think as time goes by we'll see more altspec violins as people see/hear others having some success with them.

    again one of the main reasons I make altspec instruments is because I know that for many different reasons lots of younger people are drawn to "different" looking instruments and that alternate visual aspects are often times a "Trick" that can be used to generate interest in bowed instruments.

    I am very well aware that violins made from alternative wood species are rare and personally I've abandoned experimenting with different woods when building violins. But for violas it is a different story. I have been quite succesfully using beech for the back of my small violas. Personally I do not prefer the sound of quater cut maple back viola. I lean towards poplar, willow etc. That's why I was thinking about using Paulownia. 

    There is nothing left to do but to try I guess.


  8. Dear maestronetters,

    does anyone have any experience with paulownia wood? I have been searching the forum but found nothing regarding using the wood for the back plate, only for blocks. 

    From what I've found out it seems that it has somewhat similar properties as poplar. Am I right, or did I misunderstand? I was thinking about using paulownia for small viola back. 



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