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  1. Importance of grain direction on maple backs

    Thank you all for great answers. I like your engineering approach, Don. I even looked up, and learned a new word: Anisotripic! I will probably use the piece, but still not sure if it will be on the next one.
  2. Importance of grain direction on maple backs

    Now, back to my main question. What is the thought behind running a straigt top-bottom grain direction - or does it not matter much on a back?
  3. Importance of grain direction on maple backs

    Thanks. You are right. I just needed the confidence to do so... I dug it out; and I have a minimum of 7,5mm of wood left, so I could probably be fine doing whatever, as long as I keep the groove somewhere close to the edge.
  4. Bought yesterday on classifieds for a willing-to-loose amount. I liked the outline and the back. Pictures are poor and many important angles from a «ID point of view» are missing. Can anyone see what I got based on these pictures? «The usual» but on a hopf-mold? I will take my own pictures towards once I get it in the mail, probably end of week.
  5. Importance of grain direction on maple backs

    I bought it as a part of a bulk-lot of B-grade tonewood from a gypsy respectable member of the Roma-community in Reghin - I would not count on him taking returns
  6. Importance of grain direction on maple backs

    Thanks for the suggestion, Jim. I looked at it like this too, it would not help me much with the distance of inclusion from edge - rather opposite (because my wood is not straight edged) This is as far up and towards the edge I could go:
  7. Importance of grain direction on maple backs

    Abolutely. If not it will become some nice tool handles or something. Allthou that would be a bit sad.
  8. Importance of grain direction on maple backs

    I know thats the norm. But I have seen enough examples to say that it is not allways done like that. So then my question is why it's the norm, if there is any thought behind it.
  9. Wood for back of Plowden copy?

    Just realized that the piece I am talking about in another post is fairly similar, allthou not identical :
  10. I am sorting throu my tonewood deciding what wood to use for my #2! ( Varnish on my #1 is almost done) I have this pretty one-piece maple, with an ugly spaltet inclusion on the flip side. I think it would dissappear once I carve deep enough. However, to increase the chances of just that I would place the inclusion as far to one side as possible. The piece of wood is fairly thick and wide, so it allows me to play a bit with positioning. (inclusion on flipside marked with a line on the wood) Turning it a bit would not make a HUGE difference in placement of inclusion, but it would also give a interesting look of the flame direction Is there any reason why I should NOT turn the wood like this? That means that the grain direction goes from bottom treble side to top bass side. I have seen it done on some other instruments, but what are the pro and contra's?
  11. Can you make a fiddle sound mellow??

    Gut strings tends to mellow a violin several notches. You could also try playing with a small mute on the bridge, might be the sound you are looking for.
  12. Free Piece of Ebony

    Great offer! welcome to the forum! i could make something out of that piece of ebony - but it is surely not worth being sendt to Norway...
  13. Couesnon Violins

    15 years! Now that IS ancient!
  14. ID forum?

    Sorry for that typo; typing on my phone. Applause!