Carl Johnson

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  1. Last year I noticed Old World had exited the fretted market, which became American Tonewood, who’s owner is listed as Tracy Pence https://americantonewood.com/about/
  2. If you are interested in the contents, it’s free from archive.org https://archive.org/details/cu31924022320216 the atmosphere of the physical copy is superior however.
  3. Job lots of tools from the UK or Japan seem to be the best value per edge at the moment, if the seller has the right shipping available. Japan post could take months. Hopefully as covid19 passes garage sales will resume en masse and supply will increase.
  4. From a manufacturer https://blog.lddavis.com/glue-101-gram-strength
  5. I’ve made a simple brown stain from black wulnut husks, or husks and hulls, simply by maceration* and letting a large amount in the gallons steep in a sealed 5 gallon bucket for months. *maceration being drive over with a car, or hit with a hammer to get to the nuts, then a little bit more once in the bucket.
  6. The Lie-Nielsen 102 & 103 use the same blades and have the same overall dimensions. The 102 has a 12-degree frog, the 103 has a 20 degree frog angle. The #103 was discontinued several years back and commands a premium on eBay. The #102 is backordered at LN. There is also the Veritas Apron plane which is a similar sized blade, cheaper, and perhaps available sooner (supposedly in stock Friday). There’s also a Luban/Qiangsheng plane who make a bronze #102 & 103, available from Aliexpress. This is the same place that makes Woodriver planes for woodcraft.
  7. This is often compounded by the practice of chilling ethanol which freezes at -113C. Regarding Everclear, there are at least 3 versions for sale depending on state law in the US. 120 proof, 151 proof and 190 proof. 190 is what you want and their not quite accurate tool can allow you to find one sorta near you https://makeityourown.com/find-us/
  8. Fred LaBarre wrote a dissertation on making a Treble Viol, you can download it here https://ccrma.stanford.edu/marl/CASL/documents/LaBarre_Dissertation.pdf There’s a drawing for a treble that’s unfortunately not at that link, I will try and find a pdf I have and add it.
  9. That’s a romantic notion but since not long after their deaths the masters violins were expensive pieces of portable property (they inventoried instruments in the French aristocrats Homes in 1791) and if it was important enough to bring along would likely have been sold (“Romanov” Amati) or played (others). Someone who purchased a masters violin on “grand tour” almost surely would have played it amongst friends, and that would likely be traceable, and so Instruments with uncontested provenance like the Clark “Kreutzer” Strad might disappear from public performance but were never “lost” - it
  10. “Streichbogen” by Hopfner has a drawing & measurements of a mid18th century Austrian/German gamba/cello bow.
  11. Resorcinol-Formaldehyde glue handles heat & steam. It was used for decades in boat building and is still used for some wood aircraft. Drawbacks are formaldehyde, no gap filling, ugly glue line, short shelf life and harder to purchase these days. Other than that Aircraft spruce sells g-1131 (cascophen).
  12. The original DB Unimat is quite expensive, and tooling more so ($100 for a steady rest - collets are a fortune) these days. The biggest advantage is it fits in a small case. There’s a number of smaller Chinese made lathes with much cheaper tooling available now at a similar overall price. Depending on where you are, and your available space, look for used larger lathes too. Atlas or Craftsman branded atlas.
  13. Brad Dorsey described it well. the other problem of course is where you get tortoise shell in the US today.