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  1. I wonder if the IHS cross came from an adjacent del Gesu label on the sheet. You could add an AtS stamp to cover all bases
  2. The dremel guide works well and is fairly easy to use but I would caution that it results in a channel with a machined look that is inappropriate for copying certain makers.
  3. I've been using watered down egg whites in an airbrush.
  4. Jointing is a tough skill to learn. My first back took me several days to get right. If you're new to using a hand plane in general, make sure your cuts are fine and try shifting pressure from the front of the plane at the beginning of the cut to the back handle by the end of the cut. Edit: Based on your shavings, you might want to try resharpening the blade. Mirror finish both sides, no visible edge.
  5. A scroll I’m working on using a 3D resin print for reference. It’s so much easier to have an object to measure and feel than photos. I’m planning on posting details on the software and printing process in the main forum soon.
  6. It is kind of an odd display with uneven lighting but I like the viewing angles this allows. I seem to remember the previous display room before renovations having both Amati and Strad quartets as well as the Stainer on display. It's a shame they're keeping the others locked up.
  7. A sprinkling of pumice early on helps to level and fill. Benzoin may give a higher sheen and adds a pleasant smell.
  8. Make sure you get one with a flat plate. Some are convex to fit glassware.
  9. I'd like to know more. Do you use the teardrop or wedge shapes? How do they handle thick varnish?
  10. Shapes of the Baroque is freely available in PDF online. It has lots of measurements of original necks and such.
  11. This should be the scrolling prologue text to Maestronet the Film.
  12. In the US the term can also mean a delicious danish.
  13. Thanks, it’s fun working at a larger scale for a change. I’m already looking forward to the next viola. This is the back after polishing.
  14. Lovely work, thanks for sharing.
  15. How do you get so much contrast? Are the flames burned in at all?
  16. Finally nearing completion on the viola..
  17. His signature is pretty wild if you haven't seen it before.. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vSM6MhnUkjQ/TdUnNAAAIVI/AAAAAAAAAIE/PYoxts0vx94/s1600/IMG_6157.jpg
  18. Lovely work on the da Spalla! I downloaded Badiarov's da spalla recordings of the Bach Cello suites a few years back and it's stayed in the rotation just for the beautiful sound of the instrument. He's not so bad at playing it either Where did you find plans and measurements for this instrument?
  19. I've had success using a fairly simple method documented in the thread below with both madder and cochineal. Note that it's recommended to use less Alum and Potassium Carbonate than I have listed in the recipe. https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/345912-making-lake-pigments/
  20. Thanks! I adjusted this photo to more accurately reflect the color.
  21. I just use the same knot for all of them. It helps to singe the ends with a lighter.
  22. I was having a good time with the varnishing on this one. I did an overall craqueleur with watered down egg white over fresh varnish with an airbrush and then ended up polishing most of it out. I was going for more of a subtle antiquing but looking at it now in the photos it looks a bit more than intended. The viola at the top of the page is next on the varnishing list.
  23. Well, 2021 ended up being a single instrument year for me. This one's all from scratch except the strings. Cannone model with thick plates and a Doyen style head. I decided to try a shorter fingerboard since I don't make it up that far anyways. The pegs are ebonized boxwood with a little varnish on the heads for shine. The bridge is a sized down version of the Strad tenor bridge. Cats for scale..
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