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  1. Davide, your videos have been invaluable to me in guiding me through my first two violins. You have done such an amazing job of showing the step by step process of the many functions that go into making a violin. I honestly could not have succeeded with the same confidence without your videos and guidance in private messages. You are a mensch of the highest order and I salute you for your contribution and gift of sharing your experience. Thank you kindly, Steve.
  2. I use these and I love them. The steel is excellent. I sharpen them on a buffing wheel. I use them for arching, graduating (I also use planes and scrapers :-) ) They are lightweight, and have nice basswood handles. The prices are very reasonable, and from the amount of use I've given them, I expect them to last a long time. The blade that protrudes from the handle is much longer than what shows, so can by pulled out and reset as they grind down. Browse their website as they have many different gouge widths and sweep and skews that are similar to the photo below. https://hidatool.com/item/2165
  3. Thanks, Catnip. Thats really helpful in thinking of all the parts to keep track of in the notes. You've made me think about layout and space allocation needed in the notebook for each violin. Thaks, Nathan. I totally get that part. As a photographer for 45+ years, I am so mindful of the importance of archival materials. My notebook has acid-free pper and I will use Pigma Micron pens and pencil. Thank you, Andrew. That is very kind, and I would very much like that. PMing you. Thanks, David. I will look around.
  4. I've done some googling and searching here on the forum, but haven't found what I'm looking for. I want to keep a notebook of my violin making builds, and have a notebook I made in 1996 that I can put to use. I was wondering if folks would share a page out of their notebook? I've had many carreers in my life and I've kept all kinds of journals, and always love seeing the thinking and creativity people use with their notekeeping. I am not actually very good at the notekeeping part, but can see the value in violin making of recording all the important details to recall what worked, what didn't and how to progress to making better instruments. I'd love to see what people are doing. I'm not interesting in having anyone divulge any secrets, just looking for inspiration and variations on how people organize their data. Thanks!
  5. Thanks Nathan and Don. I realize that I'm out here in the woods alone with this piece of BLM, but appreciate the experience others have and have shared with me. I'm made three F style mandolins, so have dealt with arching/graduating, but violin making seems to be an order of magnitude more specific and nuanced. I will do the best that I can with fingers crossed. I am hooked and will be making violins from here on out. :-)
  6. Thanks, Nathan. It looks like I'm zeroing in to the 100-105 gram zone. I have European maple for my next violin.
  7. Hi all, I've been working away, on my first violin, in the background over the past 10 months. As I carve out the backplate, was thinking about target weight for the plate and realized that the weight of Big leaf Maple is less than Hard Maple according to my reading of the Wood-Database (https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/differences-between-hard-maple-and-soft-maple/). It's a tad over 3/4 of the weight of hard maple. Does it then mean (all other things being equal) a 100 gram Hard Maple back would translate to a 75 gram Big Leaf Maple back? Thanks for any insight into this terrifying moment. :-)
  8. Thank you, Davide and John! Very helpful and much appreciated!
  9. Hi all, I've been waiting for nearly a month to receive two posters from The Strad. Seems the pandemic has slowed shipping unpredictably. The Strad said they shipped them, but would send a new set. Who knows when they will arrive. So, my question is: Is there a template such as the neck drawing in The Art of Violin Making by Johnson & Courtnall, that would work with the P mold downloaded her on Maestronet? Or can anyone recommend another source? Thanks.
  10. Thank you, so much Brad (and Manfio!!! What a terrific process thread!)!
  11. Thanks Jim, what a fascinating pdf you attached. I'm really looking for to digging in to that. That looks like a labor of love. I had a small workbench next to my Dad's when I was about 9 years old. We worked on lots of projects over the years including shipwright work on his 1934 sloop. I'll be 59 in a couple of weeks and feel about ready as I'll ever be to try violin making. I've had my head in instrument making for about 6-7 years now.
  12. Thanks, Don. I don't really expect to attempt faithful copies of any violins, but to use the plans/posters as guides.
  13. Thanks, Muswell. There are still quite a few things I can do before the posters arrive, perhaps the most important one is patience LOL.
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