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Thomas Coleman

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    Grayslake, IL
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    Guitarmaking, LuteMaking, ViolinMaking,TaiChi, Hiking, Cycling

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  1. I buy mine from Kodiak Cutting tools. They are cheaper than International but not by much. https://www.kodiakcuttingtools.com/viewproducts/carbide-end-mills-2-flute-micro-square-end-miniature-decimal-size-end-mills&parttohighlight=5444318 They come in decimal inch size but this can easily be converted to your metric requirements. Their part number 5444318 0.055" is an equivalent to 1.4mm. The 0.051" is equivalent to 1.3mm. One thing I like about Kodiak is that they come in 1/1000 increments so you can really dial in a fit if you need.
  2. The gap between the block and the form? No, does not matter.
  3. Ach...my bad. Admin please move to the Exchange? Sorry and thank you.
  4. Several violin books for sale. Bowden, Sidney. PAJEOT BOW MAKERS OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY. London: Ealing Strings 1991. Text in English, French and German. 263pp. Number 47 of an edition limited to 90 copies. Mint condition with slipcase. $125 Childs, Paul. THE BOWMAKERS OF THE PECCATTE FAMILY. Montrose, NY: The Magic Bow Publications, 1996. 286pp. Number 246 of the first American printing of 2500 copies. $225 Doring, Ernest N. HOW MANY STRADS? OUR HERITAGE FROM THE MASTER. Chicago: William Lewis and Son 1945. 379pp. Number 178 of the first printing of 1400 copies. Mint condition with slipcase. $250 Sadler, Richard. W.E. HILL AND SONS: (1880-1992) A TRIBUTE. London: Ealing Strings, 1997. 202pp Library edition. Number 929 of the first printing of 1400 copies. Mint condition. $125 Roda, Joseph. BOWS FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF THE VIOLIN FAMILY. Chicago: William Lewis and Son, 1959. 335pp. Library edition. Number 2704 of the first printing of 3000 copies. Excellent condition $300.
  5. A friend of mine asked for my help selling some one piece maple violin backs that he bought many years ago. He purchased the wood from Anton Stohr in 1995. All of the pieces are from the same tree, felled in 1992. The specific gravity average is about .53. I currently have five pieces but I think there are around 12 or so total. The top piece in the pile is typical and measures 24.9cm wide, 41.8cm long. The thin edge is 12mm and the thicker edge is 36mm. Asking $250 each plus shipping. Happy to answer any questions.
  6. Fantastic videos and workmanship Henry! Making a viol is high on my list. Thanks for posting.
  7. Not using your Lie Nielsen radius cutter as much as you thought you might? Consider selling it.
  8. Thank you both for the kind words. I've tried to embed the Youtube video several times. I get a message that Mnet has embedded it and I see it in a preview but when I "submit reply" it doesn't show up. Maybe here it is?
  9. Finished the Strad guitar. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I'll make more. Here's some photos and a video of Brandon Acker playing it. I've done a few refinements based on his input.
  10. Not too much longer before I can tie the gut frets and string it up. I'll let the finish harden for a week or so. The commercial pegs look fair...a little sharp and pokey but they feel comfortable enough on the fingers. I'd like to try my hand at making my own sometime.
  11. Thank you all for your enlightening answers. I learned more than I expected.
  12. I'm always amazed when people don't think outtside the box of their reality. Possibly a person has a physical handicap that prevents them from sharpening a certain way? Perhaps they have arthritis and find it difficult to hold small metal objects? I don't but maybe someone that uses a jig might?
  13. Yeah, I know that method well. Not my personal favorite.
  14. What fingerplane honing guide do you like?
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