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clearsky

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    San Francisco Peninsula, CA USA
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    Music, violin playing/making, woodworking/furniture design/making, bicycling, I'm owned by a dog,

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  1. The nut slots are so fat that it's hard to believe your instrument was designed to work at violin pitch. More likely some kind of baritone, with commensurately fat strings. I'd leave it as is. D'addario recently introduce string sets for octave violins, which might be applicable. (Then, if it were mine, I'd sell it.) Why did you feel the need to take the top off? And it's interesting that the fretboard has those longitudinal cracks. Could that be caused by what is essentially cross grain construction, with the non-moving frets resisting the board shrinkage? And do guitars not suffer that because the fretboard is always glued to the neck and top all the way down? I'm just thinking out loud.
  2. I believe that cedar is less resistant to splitting than more traditional block woods. That's why it makes good shingles. But it's probably not optimal for blocks. Of course Home Depot provides only the finest air dried, first growth, seasoned stock.
  3. Who knew? I've been using mine through the end pin hole. Now you tell me!
  4. Teak was my first guess when I saw this question. But teak has a distinct odor when cut, often described as "leathery." Teak also has a waxy feel to it.
  5. There's a label under the label you're trying to read. What does that one say?
  6. I don't think that Jacob particularly likes to fit everything into a pidgeonhole. It's just that so many violins in the world have that same pedigree. Re: the OP's fiddle, to me the "purfling" looks like it's just some black mastic material that was troweled into the groove. And those labels have nothing to do with this fiddle, and were just harvested from some other fiddles and stuck into this one. I can't help wondering by whom? Any guesses? Bear in mind that this discussion began its life with the title "ID old master"
  7. On the other hand, if it was stamped "Artiste" (Arteeest), that would parley vous some Francais, then wow! I hope this is helpful.
  8. There's the famous story of the bank robber, Willie Sutton, who, when asked why he robbed banks, replied "Because that's where the money is." So why do you think Yamaha might cater to the low end of the market? How many low end fiddles are sold compared to a few higher quality ones? My sense is that Yamaha's effort to compete in the professional violin market was a huge financial failure. And in the violin business that can happen regardless of how good your products might be.
  9. Thanks for posting that, Mr. Neukirchen. One of my two violins has "rosewood" fittings. I can't help wondering what the implications of that will be, as time passes. I also have some small planks of cocobolo that were given to me many years ago, and a little ebony, and some small pieces of Rio rosewood. I wonder if I should be attempting to register these things with some agency. I do support these restrictions and attempts to save these species. I honestly feel that it's kind of liberating to stop thinking about these instruments as precious art objects made from rare and exotic materials, and instead to consider their utility as the most highly valued aspect.
  10. Hi Jim, you can buy your own here: https://www.japanwoodworker.com/products/1-pistol-grip-right-handed-blue-steel-woodworking-knife-kogatana?via=58923197617070231a00002d or here: https://www.japanwoodworker.com/products/1-left-handed-blue-steel-woodworking-knife-kogatana?via=58923197617070231a00002d%2C58b5e04761707051ec0128ef There's actually two of them on my rack, set side by side, one on top of the other, so you can't see the other one. One has a right hand single sided bevel, and the other is left handed. I find them both to be useful for cutting out thin materials while following templates, and miscellaneous carving tasks. They have to be used with care, particularly at the sharp tip, because like all fine Japanese tools, the steel is brittle hard.
  11. Yes, of course, but I'm a furniture and cabinet maker, among many other things. I wouldn't have expected you to need many tools that I have. I don't have any Harley Davidson specific tools.
  12. This is one of many tool storage solutions I use. I took some boards and routed parallel concave troughs in them. I placed the router bit I used in one of the photos for reference. In this case the racks are set at an angle in a cabinet, but you could also lay them flat in a drawer. Of course you'd need a router table, which you may not have.
  13. Are you guys (David B., Jim B.) spring tempering your steel clamps, or are they good in a malleable state? Very nice design!
  14. That's very beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us.
  15. Yes, it was Joachim. Finally Carl is wrong about something. I never thought I'd see the day!