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Matthew Hannafin

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  1. I made most of my first 25 instruments in a corner of the living room of a 500 sq/ft flat in Glasgow I had a foil lined trash can with a light bulb inside to keep the work pieces fairly dry, and doubled as my light box. I think my favorite tip I got back then, was to brush with a slightly damp cheap nylon brush 10 minutes before varnishing. Even in that carpeted "shop" I didn't have dust problems. I believe that was Evan Smith that shared that little pearl of wisdom. Ahh the good old days.
  2. Hi Mike, I just bought a cheap set on ebay. They're still out there for around five bucks for the set.
  3. Hi Jay, congratulations on the violin! The two things that jump out to me, are how the top pegbox line resolves in the scroll throat (probably too closed up), and some flat spots on the ff holes. Something that really helps for the scroll throat, are these little templates like in the picture. It can be clamped in after the first turn is done, and you get a nice reference. I like to use these little mini rasps in there. And with the ff-hole flat spots, I think it helps to see irregularities by looking down the ff-hole, like you're checking a 2x4 for warp: Then it's pretty easy to see the part of the line to adjust. I like to use a combination of a stout single bevel knife, and a fresh x-acto blade there. Good luck with the varnish & set up! If you're ever in the greater Albuquerque area drop me a line and come by the shop. ~Matt
  4. Hey cool, it's working now. Thanks Spelk. Looks like the fiddle is in good hands!
  5. There is also "The" Violin Making Notebook, which is (I believe) an unnamed person's notes from the Violin School of America in the 80s. Your post rattled foggy memories of finding this online ~10 years ago back when I was taking (much sloppier & less detailed) notes at Red Wing. https://stephenchurchill.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/the-violin-notebook1.pdf (I don't know Stephen Churchill, but this link popped up after searching the internet...I bet if I dug out my old, old laptop this PDF is on it too)
  6. My computer isn't making the link OK...is this a problem on my end?
  7. Thanks for posting the pictures, Janito. Its great to see the project at the finish line, especially with all the difficulty and tragedy in the world since 2020. Five years have sure flown by. I still feel lucky to have gotten to meet Neil, and I feel grateful that so many of Neil's friends wanted to do this project. Organizing a project like this turned out to be more difficult than I imagined, and I would like to thank everybody that not only worked on the instrument, but kept the project going behind the scenes. I am also sad that Addie and Craig Tucker passed during this project. They both helped the project, and were a pleasure to talk with along the way.
  8. Would anybody happen to know a supplier for Big Leaf maple to make violas/cellos? I know Bruce at Orcas Island has retired, and it looks like the Woodwell has closed its doors as well. Cheers
  9. John Reed taught archtop construction when I was there in 2009, we were allowed to pick between A style mando/violin/guitar. It was an optional course to second year guitar students, or violin students. I think the curriculum is a bit different now. Probably not as intense as a three year school, but over a decade later, I'm glad I went there and took John's class.
  10. I get that...guitarists have been hoping to play unplugged to the same crowds an unplugged violin can. So volume gets valued really high. The funny part is...electric guitarists still covet the old out dated temperamental guitars...and amps with tubes too.
  11. Speaking of...I wonder if gene editing science can make seeds that only grow figured maple? Sort of cool to imagine a project for future preservation of materials. I'm thinking like Jurassic Park....but just a bunch of curly maple trees.
  12. Yeah if one had a TARDIS it'd be pretty fun to see how far into the future iconic musical instrument models go.... I can't imagine violins breaking away from Strad/dG models...
  13. Some of us are rough carving big leaf maple....and that freezing air feels pretty good blowing through the shop! It's also funny to watch Albuquerque drivers go from being absolute maniacs to gently crawling through 1/2" of slush.
  14. Hi Nestor, I've made corners in many different ways...but I always keep coming back to using a simple template (ala cornflake packet). I use a small piece of clear material and make them about like this: You can trace them off a good image/poster, or an instrument. To use them, I like to mark lightly on the plate where the ribs point is, then erase the pencil off-set line near the corner...then just use the template to come up with something satisfactory. Basically, it's taking a good corner shape, and making it work into your margins & rib shape. If there's anything irregular about the rib structure (or if you're worried making a P model on a PG mold) it becomes a slight change in overhang, rather than corner shape. When cutting the final plate outline, I like to check the corner shape by lightly using a purfling marker (can use lightly on the underside) to see if the miters end nicely (which is something that naturally happens on nice corners.) Speaking of the computer images you're doing....try off-setting the outline by the measurement of purfling offset you plan to use (usually a bit over 4mm) and see how that looks. It can help visualizing corners by seeing what purfling shape they make and comparing the whole ensemble to reference photos.
  15. Jim, sorry to hear this. I hope you recover soon!
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