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  1. I think when I stripped I used cheese cloth...
  2. The brushes I am using I get at my local hobby lobby craft store. The brushes come in different styles, ie; shader, liner, wash... the brush style that works best for me is a wash brush. Bear in mind I thin the greek pitch varnish with diamond g. For me, it gives me a good application control.
  3. I have not mastered the finger/palm application process. I thin Greek Pitch with Diamond G turpentine (only diamond G) to whatever consistency I want and brush with a good quality wash brush. That is what works for me at present. The time I had to strip greek pitch, I think I used alcohol, turps and maybe citri strip. Somewhere here on Maesteont Joe has said when it was best to use alcohol vs terps, has to do with how long since the varnish was applied. I cant remember what he posted. If you do decide to strip you may have to redo some of the ground steps.
  4. Lots of different thoughts about all of it. I remember when I was a kid we where all supposed to be driving flying cars and living in space, by now. Also grown up around and been exposed to pretty much ever conspiracy theory out there, the end of the world as we know it is always nigh. Maybe it is because of economic prosperity but I see more and more preference for handmade items, small farms, buying local, even in the age of Walmart and amazon. “Handmade” furniture and woodworking seems to be going through a rise in popularity. The demand and desire for skilled trades continues to grow. (Likely because so many abandoned them for so long) Any use of cnc, power tools, computers, hand tools, will always come down to the quality of the final product. What determines quality and elevates one above another will always come down to one person’s perception over another and how much $ they are willing to spend. Someone will always come along and try to make it a question of ethics, but, then it always who’s ethics, and is that really the ethics question that matters.
  5. I collected baseball cards as a kid. Still a huge baseball fan, but I stay away from cards and memorabilia for many reasons's. One of the biggest was reading the book "Operation Bullpen" about one of the largest autograph forgery rings the FBI busted. The lengths the guy went to to make baseball's look old and authentic reminds me of some of the steps others go to, to antique instruments. (Not bashing antiguing) It really opened my eyes to forgery and fraud. Its an entertaining read even if you are not a baseball person. https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Bullpen-Biggest-Forgery-American/dp/0978634004
  6. Have you watched Davide's Video? Find me one maker who carves the mortice 90 to the button.... Even better find one who says so in righting.....
  7. Still contend it doesn't matter what the Viola was, the naysayers would still find something to piss and moan about. Truth is everyone is pissed cause the Viola got press and not the Violin! Maybe thats what all the fuss is about.
  8. I really don’t understand all the negativity here and elsewhere about the whole deal. Complaining and whining because it’s not good enough, blah blah.. All I can figure is some are in a huff because it involved Trump, It was the US and not another country, it didn’t come from there shop and it wasn’t a name “they” recognized. For several of the reasons above it wouldnt have mattered who made it, a bunch would still be in a huff over it.. seams pretty silly to me.
  9. Its a perfectly lovely looking Instrument. Mr. Joyner made his post public and shared it in several places so I went ahead a copied it here for those that may not use facebook. Maybe some can stop squabbling about it now.
  10. So, you don't like large women... That's too bad, everyone knows all American Orchestra's are full of nothing but enormous housewives and violin teachers.. Your loss.
  11. Ahh the power of being able to vote yourself monies from the treasury. Is it Social Justice when you don't support or believe in the programs being funded? In order to do it right, tax rate needs to be 100 percent and everything gets funded.... Ahh Utopia...
  12. Why try to stop the very thing you put your hope and faith in?
  13. Pallets in this part of the country are made from all sorts of local hardwoods, mostly oak, hickory, gum, and whatever else... the nails leave nice gnarly black stains, folks love to do rustic design stuff with the parts, a lot of work to break a bunch of em down. Pretty sure it would suck for violins. Most people don't seem to actually care what the government spends tax dollars on or what the central bank does as long as they believe $$ is going to the things they support... A lot or most, also seem to think that they, "government" are and have the solution to all of our problems.....
  14. Yes, it smells like a wet dog on a summer day is inferior to traditional hot hide glue.