Harry Mairson

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  1. Harry Mairson

    Digital Amati project

    Amplifying Kevin Kelly's comments, which are all on the mark, in response to Thorbjörn Zethelius: I've done the François Denis drawing course, because I wanted to know how to do these kinds of drawings by hand. Similarly, it's good to do operations by hand before you use power tools. Once you think that you sense what the real issues and challenges are, then you can think about appropriate mechanical advantages to surmount them.
  2. Harry Mairson

    Digital Amati project

    Dear Thorbjörn, The program is, in fact, about geometry in general -- if you have a look at the Strad article, one of the highlighted quotes is that it is just a programmable straightedge and compass. It is for implementing the geometrical constructions you see in instruments, furniture, paintings, and lots of Euclidean math exercises----you could figure out how to draw a square with a straightedge and compass, but how about a pentagon? (It can be done, exactly.) What is specific to the program is my "pre coding" of a variety of constructions found in François Denis's remarkable book. Then you don't have to remember them, you just invoke them with the relevant parameters. How are gouges, chisels and planes "directed specifically at violin makers and not woodworking in general"? There is a similar question for you. It's a tool, and every one of them has a learning curve accompanying it, the steepness of that curve determined by the tool, the user, and the task. I've used it to repeat François's constructions, and to do some new ones. The most complicated use so far is to draw the arching for a cello belly and back, guided by drawings in the Sacconi book.
  3. Harry Mairson

    Digital Amati project

    Hello, This "Digital Amati" project is mine -- I'm a computer science professor at Brandeis University in Boston, and an amateur cello maker. You can read more about the project in this (September) month's issue of The Strad, and at the following web sites: www.brandeis.edu/research/faculty.html www.cs.brandeis.edu/~mairson/TDL www.digitalamati.org I've done demonstration lectures at VSA, Oberlin, etc. I'm happy to answer any questions. Don't hesitate to contact me. Best wishes, Harry