Thomas Coleman

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

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  1. My latest violin. I don't antique instruments in general but for several reasons decided to do it on this one. The last photo looks like there is white wood in one of the scars but that's just a reflection. Lots to learn. Excelsior. I'm very pleased with how it sounds.
  2. Nice! There are so many instruments that I'd like to make but a Strad style guitar is very high on the list. Good job.
  3. Looking good Dmitri! What's been your favorite task so far? What has been the hardest?
  4. There is no prescribed distance that the corner length should be. It is an aesthetic and practical consideration. As Nathan mentioned, too long or short can look awkward. Too long and they can be easily damaged or possibly affect bowing. How did you derive your garland outline? If it was reversed from a photo or plan it is easy to make the corners too long. A remedy is to redraw the outline on paper, tracing your new template and then using a washer or some such to account for rib thickness and overhang. Also draw in the rib miters. This will give a decent approximation of what the corners will look like. Like Nathan I would recommend trimming down the rib corner a bit. If the endgrain of the mitered rib starts to get too wide/thick you can use a fine file to thin the thickness of the C bout rib a little to make it visually pleasing making sure to blend it nicely. Not a lot but a little.
  5. Looking good Stephen. Is someone teaching you or are you using books/internet?
  6. I used this book and plans from Hana Lima along with Guitarmaking Tradition and Technology by Cumpiano I've made several guitars and so approached the uke as a mini guitar. The book is well worth the money in my opinion.
  7. I Always appreciate your thoughtful comments Davide
  8. Lots of good info here
  9. I don't know about the one in the photo but I can tell you that Alberti shapers are impeccable. I would not want to use anything else. I am in no way affiliated with them.
  10. Considering the price you paid I would not hesitate in the slightest to use Citrizip. Stuff enough bulk of paper towel into the f hole that you can get a wad to stay in place under it, best to prevent any drips on the inside. Paint on with a cheap brush. Use old credit card scraper to remove the bulk. Apply more as needed. Wash instrument off with mineral spirits. Wear gloves.
  11. If that's the case, maybe just let it ride. I'm sure it'll be fine. I do believe there is historical precedent for the nails.
  12. I think Nicks idea of using a screw or two is prudent. Much easier to do now than later, and there is no detriment.
  13. Very cool. Will the neck be nailed?
  14. Magnesium, yes. I use Speedball oil based block print ink. I am thinking about experimenting with other inks though.