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  1. I am selling one of the few violin tops that were ever cut from the “Lucky Strike” redwood tree salvaged by Craig and Alicia Carter in the mid 90’s. Most of the wood was cut up for guitars and you can look those up online to get people’s opinions of the sound of the wood that was cut from this tree. I got this top From Alicia in the early 2000’s when I had a couple of violin makers staying with me and was going to build a violin (I build guitars) with them but I will never get around to it and it is far too good for me anyway. The wood rings with a superb tone and is remarkably stiff and would make a superior violin with great tone and projection. It has great color and is perfectly quartered (it was hand split so no run out) with soft medullary rays (see photos). I wish I could find spruce that sounded this good! 19 3/16” long x 5 7/16” wide and 1” thick at the glue joint tapering to 7/16” If you have questions or want more photos please email me through my website McSpaddenGuitars dot com
  2. Hello, I have several pieces of Pernambuco available for bows. I obtained these blanks while working for a tone wood dealer over 10 years ago. They were part of a bow maker’s estate and we were asked to help sell the wood he had stored for over 50 years. They have been stored in a climate controlled room for the last 10 years along with the rest of my tone wood that I use for my guitars. I purchased these when I thought I would go to school for bow making but that is not likely to happen and I would like them to be used. I am told because of their size and Lucchi number that they are optimum for Bass bows. Most have a very lovely dark color except 5.51 which is a paler orange. I have included their dimensions in inches below. The individual pieces are listed by their Lucchi number to help you match them with the attached photos. Lucchi Number Length Width Thickness Length CM Width CM Thickness CM 5.51 37 1 9/16 0.45 93.9 3.96 1.14 5.3 36 1 13/16 0.835 91.4 4.60 2.12 5.25 35.5 2 15/16 0.53 90.1 7.46 1.34 5.35 37 1 7/8 0.81 93.9 4.76 2.05 5.29 35 5/8 1 7/8 0.86 90 2/5 4.76 2.18 5.58 37 3/4 1 7/8 0.525 95 4/5 4.76 1.33 5.56 35.5 1 3/4 0.785 90.1 4.44 1.99 5.06 35.5 1 4/5 0.56 90.1 4.57 1.42 I estimate that there is enough material for 16 bows. Looking at current availability and pricing of Pernambuco I am pricing the lot (no individual sales) at $200 per potential bow blank which comes up to $3000 for all 8 pieces OBO. I hope this email is not an intrusion but I am writing several bow makers that I found on a list on a discussion board. If this is an unwanted email please rest assured that I will not send any follow up emails unless directly requested. If you are not interested but know someone who might be please feel free to forward this message. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or would like any more information. I will email the pictures upon request. Thank you and I appreciate your time, Andrew McSpadden amcspadden@comcast.net
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