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  1. Harvesting and processing horsetail

    Thank you everyone for your responses! I now now have a big fat tin stuffed full of horsetail backed with tape. Great stuf!!
  2. Brushes for retouching

    I am thinking to buy myself a couple of good quality brushes for retouching, and I'm wondering what brushes others use? What are people's favourites? Sable? Synthetic? size? I look forward to hearing your responses!
  3. Harvesting and processing horsetail

    I find the stuff fascinating! It gives a surface that sandpaper simply cannot reproduce because it doesn't clog the pores like sandpaper does. I also remember reading something about it actually stiffening the wood, due to the high content of silicates. I'm not so sure about that, but I do know that after rubbing it on some maple, the tap tone is a considerably higher pitch than it was before... it's strange but true!!! try it yourself! Im not sure if it is because of silicates, or if it is just because the wood has been burnished. Anyone have a more scientific response to this?
  4. Harvesting and processing horsetail

    Hi Michael! We are on Orcas, let's meet up and talk horsetail!!
  5. Harvesting and processing horsetail

    Me and the little dude just collected a load of horsetail from the horsetail forest! I am interested to find out how the different thickness in reed effect the coarseness of the of the finished product. It it seems like the ones from the bottom of the plant will be coarser than those of the top. We will see. David's, perhaps the ones you spoke of are the from the top of the plant?
  6. Harvesting and processing horsetail

    Thank you not telling, this is exactly the kind of information I was after! Thanks for sharing.
  7. Harvesting and processing horsetail

    Whaaaat!? are you the horsetail master?
  8. Harvesting and processing horsetail

    Hello! I am up up in Washington state on the San Juan islands, and there is so much horsetail here! I am am wondering what are peoples methods for harvesting and drying it, do you then stick it on the back of some tape? How do you store the stuff? I don't have so much experience with horse tail, but am looking to harvest a lot so I can have a good stock. Thanks!
  9. Digital Amati project

    The Benifit is that you can make subtle changes to your forms, make instruments slightly wider in the cc for example without having to redraw everything, just type in the numbers and press a button, if you don't like it just click undo.. this can be very useful, especially for the design of violas for example, where there is a large fluctuation in sizes. I am definitely going to experiment with this.
  10. Digital Amati project

    I have been looking at the digital Amati project recently, it seems it is based on Francois Denis writings, I have already used his method to draw a few different forms, and he has a program on his website describing the process for drawing an Andrea Guarneri Viola which I have found very useful as a reference for the processes in my own drawings. Has anybody used the digital Amati program much? Does the program allow you to then create a drawing from the codes in digital form? Or do you have to draft that with pencil and paper yourself? thanks
  11. Selling all my luthier equipments

    Thanks, I am only looking for finer grits, could you elaborate on blade of all kinds?
  12. Selling all my luthier equipments

    I'm interested in the sharpening stones- I sent you an email...could you tell me what grits they are.
  13. Scraper shapes for edge work

    I have done this, but you end up with a totally different texture under the varnish, the fluting ends up 'shining' out in my experience. Anyone else noticed this?
  14. Selling all my luthier equipments

    I'm interested in the plane and a few other items, can you send me an email at
  15. Winter growth density

    Thank you for your answers. so a very cold winter, with not much sunlight or water would produce very fine winter growth (slow growth) grain, that also being said for the for the summer (fast growth). This producing a slow growing tree in general. How about sap lines? I'm not sure if that is the correct title, but I have also noticed that many of the golden period instruments have this feature. Was there a reason for this? I have some quite quite big split billets, and I am wondering if acoustically it is more desirable include these 'sap lines' for violin fronts.