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  1. Recent I started to work on repairing some old student instrument. It more fun then I had expected, and changed the way I look at a violin making somehow.... Wood work part is ok for me. The next challenge is retouching.... First time edge doubling job and End pin bushing Flattened ... ...with a new head block. End pin bushing I made the cone myself with plane maple. Drill guide hole. Rimming and done! First daring repairing job of mine. Not bad for the first try!
  2. Leaving for Music China in Shanghai. Hope to pick up some good wood and parts. Andrea Pahlar is going to be my first choice. But last time when I was there, he had sold most of the wood one day before the opening. Sigh...
  3. Nathan, Yesterday, I tried burning some Dragon Blood alcohol solutions according the method described in you earlier post. I waited 2 hours for the fire to go off. It seemed that the fire went off because of lacking of oxygen. Therefore, I lit it up several times until I gave up. The remaining stuff was thicker liquid. Is that what I was supposed to get? Should I keep on burning it in a shorter jar? One thing need to mention is that the DB had only been soaked in alcohol for one day, but its a lot of DB comparing to the amount of alcohol. Kae
  4. Giovanni, Do you extract the color of alkanet root by soking them in alcohol, or by some other tricker method? Kae
  5. Wouldn't the water ruin the alcohol varnish?
  6. Thank you for responding to my post! I just did some quick search here on MN, and found one of Nathan's early post about extracting color from Dragon Blood. Putting the link here for people who might be interested.
  7. Currently, I'm working on re-varnishing my #1 violin. The varnish that I use this time is spirit varnish, containing shellac and all kinds of resin dissolved in denatured alcohol. For the yellow color, I mixed gamboge tincture into the clear varnish and have a good result. For the red? I still don't have any idea yet. (I'm trying not to use artificial dyes.) What I've got in hand are dragon blood, dried madder roots, ready-made madder lake and cochineal lake. ( but I don't have any experience with any of these. ) From the books and pest threads on MN, I learned that dragon blood loses its color very quickly so I don't think I'm going to use it... I naively mixed the lace to my spirit varnish, but the lake precipitates rather quickly. If I apply the mixture right after I give it a shake, the color still doesn't look homogeneous enough... May be lakes don't go well with spirit varnish, or I used them in the wrong way. And now I'm thinking about cooking the madder roots in alcohol. Is that worth trying? Could some body here on MN give me your precious advices? Thanks a lot! -Kae
  8. Is there a rule of thumb for viola also?
  9. Kae


    I think yetis will go popular but they have notting to do with this board.
  10. Recently, I stripped off the varnish of my #1 and made some modification of the arching from the out side. My original intension was to to refine the corner and edge works and to smoothen the surfaces before putting on the new varnish. However, I got bold when scrapping the wood and it turned out that I was literally re-doing the arching form outside. I was amazed at the feedback I got from the box! I could knock on the box and listen to its response as I proceeded. What a benefit! I think it might be plausible to leave "some" work after closing the box, eg. purfling, digging the channel and blending in, and fluting the ff. I may want to try it sometime on one of my future instruments, but it will take a careful plan in advance (or there will be a risk of creating accidental thing spots). This is something I want to try. Usually I do every thing except the corner and edge before closing the box.
  11. Looks neat and smartly designed! Is the steel piece in front of the plane blade meant to do sideway cuts?
  12. D Dennis, congratulations on the success of the scheme you've developed and good luck on your on going quest. BTW, I am curious why double-string-length line is called double-string-length line?
  13. Learned something. Thank you! Actually I tried boinking my ruler yesterday. ( I didn't know how Rene Morel's demonstration was like so I used some imaginations.) It's a good exercise and worth trying. For me I felt the vibration, and the coupling. So real and I can start to think about what might happen in a violin. Very Zen as described by Violadamore. Some people learned by experience while Some other people learned by insight.