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  1. I'm new to this use for string instruments, but love great cigars. Boveda packs make for good humidification, just pick the RH you want and they maintain it, https://bovedainc.com/store/music-wood-instruments/ Also, these are great, https://www.amazon.com/SensorPush-Wireless-Thermometer-Hygrometer-Android/dp/B01AEQ9X9I/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1510073822&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=sensorpush&psc=1, Just a little maybe inch and a half square device that connects via bluetooth so you can track and monitor temp and humidity via your phone or tablet. Nice thing is you can pair as many as you want and monitor many sensors from one app (which is free). I use the SensorPush in my humidor. I don't have as much experience with the Boveda packs, but have heard good things. Fletch
  2. Jim, thanks for the useful charts there. Since I currently have zero gouges, I will probably stick with the same manufacturer to start out and get the ones I need. Fletch
  3. Hi there Jeff and Jim. Jeff, I will check out the Pfeil gouges at Woodcraft, I have a friend who has been in the wood/metal working business all his life that has told me the same thing about them. I did get a set of the Marple/Irwin chisels from Woodcraft a while back that I think should work fine for their application. Jim, I have a local friend that is guiding me a bit on general woodcraft, but he has no specific experience with instrument building. I got the Johnson & Courtnall book and after reading the post about the Brian Derber book I also got that and was completely blown away by the detail he includes. I essentially decided to model my first after the 1716 Messiah which seems to be one of the more popular things to do and now have The Strad poster for that. I also purchased a "kit" from International Violin that includes the mold, neck/scroll and arching templates, etc. Will see how that works out. I entirely expect this first violin will be more appropriately labeled a VSO and am leaning on it as a learning experience. Gotta take that first step right? I do plan on making my own templates and molds after this first rodeo. Michael or Jeff, could either of you share which sweeps and sizes you guys reach for the most from your Pfeils? I took a look at Davide Sora's list of the gouges he uses on a regular basis that was posted in another thread, but those things change a bit between manufacturers and I don't recall Pfeil's being on his list (can't get enough of watching Davide's youtube vidoes... violin porn at it's best!). Fletch
  4. Thanks for the reply Michael. Yeah, I already have my sharpening "system" ready to go and have flattened and sharpened the chisels and plane irons I've gotten so far for this "little" project. I'll get my workbench setup over in the other part of the forum once I actually get going. I've seen really positive things written about International Violin on this forum so got my tonewood ordered from them yesterday (Ken was great to work with) along with a few other specialty tools I didn't have yet. Pretty soon I'll actually have to move from planning to executing.... kinda scary. :-)
  5. I believe Professor McDoogle in the movie Van Wilder sums this up appropriately: "Decorated in early F&#K"
  6. Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself real quick. My name is Jason and I'm about to go down the path of building my first violin. I had no background in music until the beginning of this year when I decided to start learning the violin (because that's what people do at age 40 right?) and I am really enjoying that to the extent that I've grown very interested in building my own instrument to replace my cheap Amazon bought student model. My day job is in information technology and this is going to be a hobby primarily. I've been lurking on here for a few weeks, reading posts and absorbing some knowledge and have found it to be an amazing source of information. I've searched through the forum quite a bit and cannot find a specific answer to my question so.... I was wondering if anyone can speak to the quality of the Diefenbacher plate gouges http://www.diefenbacher.com/luthier2.htm#Diefenbacher_Violin_Gouges? Any info on these would be appreciated. Fletch