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  1. You might have chosen very flamed or otherwise particular wood for the sides. Some wood is plain harder to bend.
  2. Welcome back to good health!
  3. I've only done about a dozen, and on my own fiddles. It takes time to make the compound curves match perfectly. Never less that 3 or 4 hours for the whole thing from start to finish. It's tedious and I usually alternate the work with another task.
  4. bkwood


    My reason for bringing it up is I have found the preference to be what Michael said (with a much smaller sampling) and my preference is also for a violin with a low string instead of a viola with a high string. But it seems hard to get a full sounding C with a small body and scale length, and my first try wasn't very good. I have played a couple of electrified 5-strings that were okay but that doesn't really count since I want a good balance in a real fiddle.
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    Interesting, thanks!
  6. This being California (and especially here in Mendocino County), Isopropyl Alcohol 99% recently appeared on hardware shelves in gallon jugs for cleaning pot trimming scissors under the brand name The Green Scissor. I think it was about $25. So, you might look in Gardening.
  7. bkwood


    I have built several violins in recent years. I have also made a small viola and a 5-string violin. The viola is a great success, but the 5-string violin much less so. The five string C string never really balanced with the other strings, and the wider fingerboard seemed clunky. I'm now considering trying what I guess would be considered a 5-string Viola, with E string on top, probably built from the same mold as my earlier 15 1/2" viola. In this case I would widen the neck only a little, if at all. The idea would still be to have primarily the sound charicteristics of a violin with the added low range to the extent that is possible. I might consider reducing the size to something between a standard violin and small fiddle too. A friend directed me to a luthier https://ithacastring.com/6-string-violin-fadolin/ who makes 6 string violins. That's more than I want to try. But I'm looking for opinions on the concept and execution of these kinds of fiddles. Or is it a bad idea in the first place?
  8. You got me. Seems right but I never tried kiln dried. What can you say about the difference between the two? Is there any?
  9. I'm an amateur maker. I have a good source of Sitka Spruce, from one tree, that I've made 13 violins and one F Style mandolin from. Obviously I can't compare it to other wood but I find it carves well and has good tonal qualities. I also use Big Leaf Maple for sides and back.
  10. If you're putting back on old strings the strings will each have a slight bend where it goes over the nut, and a definite bend where it goes on its peg.
  11. That's the most convincing argument against Titebond and in favor of hide glue. Even if you can get some bond regluing Titebond it won't be strong and it will buildup the glueline.
  12. Rosa is fascinating to watch for a while in his videos. He's a character. But I often cringe when I see what he does. There are some projects he plows into without seeming to understand the instrument. Sometimes at the end of a restore he touches up old instruments by smearing stain directly on the worn places. I would not trust an instrument with him, but I do watch him sometimes and think how I would approach things differently. And no, I've never seen him use hide glue.
  13. The article is remarkably free of technical information. Seems to be just a feel good nibble to the highly principled among us. Probably wasn't worth sharing.
  14. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-60041471 Free from animal products! This will change everything!
  15. Too harsh. People can learn. Besides general BSing that's what most of us come here for.
  16. What is he using for "chalking" the feet in the video?
  17. Interesting. Maybe you're not sharpening them well? I find perfection with spruce and maple as well.
  18. https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-and-supplies/types-of-tools/scrapers/stewmac-ultimate-scraper/ Here is a link to StewMac's heavy scrapers for anyone interested. There's some information and testimonials. They're not cheap. As I said, they gave me the idea to make a few shapes of my own.
  19. Thanks. You seem to think I am having a problem with my scrapers, but they work very well and keep an edge. I'm sure a polished edge could only be better but seems unnecessary. I do polish the flat sides. I'll give it a try though sometime, but I tend to sharpen scrapers and chisles and knives until they work satisfactorily and don't over think it too much. I really do like the heavy stiff scrapers compared to card scrapers and it's all I use anymore. I take it you haven't tried them.
  20. Yes, no flexibility. You don't put a burr on the edge. Sharpen with a quick pass on the grinder and sometimes I smooth the side with a flat wheel and hone.
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