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  1. What's the Name of Your Violin?

    I never named the violins I owned as a child or an adult, until I made my first one. I named it "Patch", for an obvious reason, and kept it for myself. After Patch, I started naming the violins I made after each grandchild, until I realized I could never sell any violin so named. So I stopped naming my violins, and "Patch" remains the one and only.
  2. Surface gouge repair

    FiddlerDoug, you gave me "sticker shock". As a last resort, I may suggest something "small and tasteful", if the layers technique doesn't turn out well. So far, I've had a couple of "do-overs". Thanks to all for responding.
  3. Surface gouge repair

    Thank you, David, I'll try to track down some of Iris Carr's work. I had not known of her before. FiddleDoug, were you serious about the sticker? Actually I thought of that, too, but decided to let the music director choose the sticker. I doubt if I have the expertise to do grain lines so it looks good, but many layers seems to be the best approach. Chung, I'll send you a pic however it turns out. Thanks to all for responding.
  4. Surface gouge repair

    It matters to me if it looks good. The fact that the music director wants it fixed means she wants it to look at least better. It is playable as it is without fixing but she wants it done. It's not turning into a job more than it was to begin with.
  5. Surface gouge repair

    A 4/4 school violin (made in Germany) came in for repair of a large (about 5 cm x 3 cm irregular area) gouge on top, treble side lower bout. Gouged splintery hole does not go through the spruce. I thought of repairing it as an inverted sound post patch, requiring plaster mold, etc., but the music director does not want to pay that cost. She suggested wood fill. So I tried that, sanded it, and it looks and feels pretty good except for the color difference between the patch and the normal top surface. I doubt if this is a long-term fix, as vibration might shake the whole plug loose. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions for a fix that could be satisfactory for the client, i.e., playable and inexpensive. Thanks.
  6. If only it were really like this...

    Hummingbirds around my feeder this summer, but not this one. It's a hummingbird moth --- any around where you are? Photo thanks to Phil Voice, Landscape Juice Network. It amazes me.
  8. Whose face is this?

    Profile on the posted scroll looks like Bach.
  9. Ground - Why Not Laundry Starch?

    Starch is also used in paper-making, possibly to seal the pores between the fibers. I don't know if this improves, or worsens, the ability of the paper to take ink. Treating the starch with acid tends to form smaller crystals --- David's list of other ingredients in laundry starch would seem to make the mixture alkaline, maybe to prevent smaller crystals from forming which might not be good in laundry starch, but perhaps better for filling pores in wood. Just a guess.
  10. Ground - Why Not Laundry Starch?

    I don't know if starch makes a "nice surface for varnishing", but I do know it is not "chemically like wood". Pure starch is a single chemical compound, but wood is a composite with three major chemical compounds -- lignin, cellulose, and hemicelluloses.
  11. connecting to Mn

    I have a desktop and a laptop, both PCs. The desktop is wired into my cable in one room, the laptop is wireless in another room of the same house. I have not had trouble with the desktop going in and out of the web, but I have had trouble with my laptop. In which case I just use the desktop, and save the laptop for traveling. I have not taken the trouble to find out if the problem is the wired versus unwired, or a hardware problem. I am watching this thread to see if I can learn from postings to your problem. Good luck!
  12. connecting to Mn

    ...except for using one's digits to play them.

    No gender-ism in this, I guess, just a violin to look at.
  14. Wittner Finetune 4/4, set of 4 - 2 sets available

    You didn't want to bush the holes?
  15. Pseudonyms

    Hey, David, don't be sorry, you had nothing to do with it. I was a child in World War II, in a country under enemy occupation, so I didn't go to school and so didn't get the socialization of most girls, so I didn't know there was anything I couldn't do. Except for one incident in a U.S. army camp when I was 10, I did not meet gender discrimination until I became a university professor here and was told that was what I was facing. I ignored it then, and have ignored it ever since, and kept doing what I wanted to do. That's probably what your mom did, too. But when one joins a group with people in it, such as this site, a little anonymity can make it easier to deal with the problems at hand, i.e., violin-making and repair, without murky-ing everything up with attitude.