Wood Butcher

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  1. Scraper shapes for edge work

    Thanks guys, especially Davide for the critique and photography tips! I don't think I've ever gone that far with f stops before. Nathan, I've used a scraper like that in the past, but this time I tried a standard scraper. I found before that when sharpened at 45 degrees, scrapers can cut in a bit too fast, and don't always leave a better finish, for me at least. This might be down to technique however.
  2. Scraper shapes for edge work

    Thank for the advice previously. I have now had another attempt at producing some better edgework, please feel free to offer opinions on how it can be improved, or if you feel it is ok, that's useful to know too. Again the pictures aren't great, I can't get the depth of field right to show more in focus.
  3. A place for everything

    The larger plane is a Slater?
  4. Cutting Wider Bridges

    When you say that you planed some off, how much is some? Did you keep the angle of the outer edge the same, or did you plane away more towards the top?
  5. Reg

    Can you explain this part a little more, and how you'd set the tone apart from French, German, Australian etc?
  6. Surface gouge repair

    Maybe a picture of the damage before you had begun work would have been useful. I'm sure the gouge won't have made it unplayable, but it sounds like it's turning into a job now.
  7. JTL Stentor HH

    Could it simply be indicating 4/4?
  8. Nice Scotish Cramond Fiddle on amberviolins

    Several of your previous posts have also been a link to Amber violins, presumably you are connected to them?
  9. Dimensions and shape/profile of linings

    3mm is a bit too thick. I make mine 2mm X 7mm, glue them in, level them, then cut them to the finished shape when dry.
  10. partly repaired violin id

    I've never needed to take the top off, in order to graft a neck, nor have I needed to make a new pegbox when performing a graft on an otherwise undamaged scroll. Assuming the rest of the instrument is sound, it's quite easy to cut the old neck in such a way that it can be broken out in almost once piece, there is very minimal waste to remove from the mortice. What is left can easily be removed with a chisel, or could even be soaked out. Most of the work is at the other end really, and once the scroll is fitted to the new shaft, it's similar to fitting a neck in a newly made instrument. For someone who knows what they are doing, it's a straightforward task.
  11. partly repaired violin id

    I wouldn't say that the moral of the story is to beware of an instrument with a neck graft, rather it's assuming that because it has a neck graft, the instrument must be very old (probably valuable as a result), and was grafted in the early 1800's. Not all grafts were done to convert an instrument from baroque/classical style. It's likely that just as many grafts are simply to replace a broken, crooked, or badly shaped neck, and could have been done at any time. A graft is not such a big a job as many people would believe, but it does take a good deal of skill to do it well. I'd say that focussing on any one feature of any instrument, and trying to date it from this is always going to lead to disappointment of one sort or another.
  12. partly repaired violin id

    I'm not sure what you mean by factory fiited neck grafts, I have never seen these. Do you perhaps mean the fake style of scratched on markings to simulate a neck graft?
  13. Questions on aging pattern

    The varnish shading, blackening around the bridge, and elsewhere is exactly as it was made. The back joint is extremely obvious, so I would imagine the lower half came apart, dirt from inside the body got into the joint, and the person who glued it, either didn't bother or couldn't clean out the joint.
  14. J&A Beare diploma

    Thanks John, I think you are right there, it also sounds like the exam everyone would have to take, rather than a separate special diploma from Beares.
  15. J&A Beare diploma

    David, that makes sense, rather than an examiner standing over someone, watching them for five working weeks!