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    Craft history, String instrument making and trying to have fun and learn stuff by combining these two interests.

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  1. Hello, I am impressed with your scrollery! I wish I was as precise! Did you use my patented egg yolk or milk based crispygolden pork pie pastry glaze type ground to get that colour and what kind of pastry is the scroll made from, is it a hot water pastry, wholemeal maple flour raised crust scroll? Seriously I think the scroll looks good enough to eat and the next one will be even better!
  2. I made one already but couldn't resist eating it, it was a development of the famous Bacon Banjos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_J._Bacon
  3. Hello and thanks for your interest. I bet the woods near absam are nice to walk in, knowing Stainer will have very likely walked the same paths. I really like the idea of Stainer collecting violin wood but I suspect he was too busy doing the fine work of making violins, but you never know? I seem to spend my time gathering wood, sleeping too much, making things other than violins and generally putting off difficult work. Thanks for you advice on sealing the end grain, I was thinking about it and got it done eventually! Every thing with me is done later than it should be, never mind! I thought it was about time I posted something here but as usual it is after midnight by the time I've got started so here are a couple of pictures and I will explain more, at great length, as usual, over the next few days. Violin wood and pork pie Cannibalism? Don't worry it's not what it looks like! Knitted royalty. Poplar puncture wound!
  4. Hello, In an old British Violin Making Association newsletter I read last year I recall there was an article where a paper conservator was discussing violin labels and I think she recommended a flour and water paste for gluing in labels? After a quick search I found some information on "Wheat starch paste" so I thought it would be appropriate to paste a link here https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes/wheat-starch-paste.html This seems quite an elaborate procedure to go through just for one label? I found this recipe which seems a bit simpler but may not be up to museum standards? https://www.handmadebooksandjournals.com/create-custom-books/other-bookmaking-techniques/making-wheat-paste/
  5. Hello Mark and Jackson, thanks for sharing this great and really useful information. So, not only is the screw tightened through the endpin hole but the the special long drills are are also used in the same way? Is this done when the back is on, but not the front, so the screw can be easily put in place or is it all done with both plates in place? Thanks again.
  6. I do not claim to be the forum sheep expert but I wonder if this strange sheep may of interest? Baa-roque, St Paul's Churchyard One of several painted model sheep around London from March to May 2015, promoting the "Shaun the Sheep"
  7. Hello Tim. Thanks for your reply. The reason I want to make my own nails and also why I got the nails shown in the photo above (from the "Real Wrought Iron Company" is that I wanted to use nails that were made of Wrought Iron. There are a lot of places, like amazon etc where you can buy forged nails but they will be made out of Mild Steel as it seems Wrought Iron, the material, is no longer made today. I know I am probably being a bit stupid wanting to make my own wrought iron nails but I've been wanting to do it for ages and perhaps slightly more importantly, wrought iron is apparently quite different to forge than mild steel, it is the material that the nails would have been made of in the past and it is supposed to corrode less readily than mild steel, although I don't know how being embedded in wood affects the differences in rates of corrosion?
  8. Hello Mark, yes, you're right, especially since my house is as disorganised as my mind seems to be! I have just spent about an hour and couldn't find either the Monical photocopy or Hill book! However, my search has proved fruitful, I have re-discovered several books that I have which should be enough to give me the information I need before this Saturday's blacksmithing class. I have a copy of Sacconi's book which has some good information. I also have printouts I got in the local library back in 2015, of Roger Hargraves articles on "The Working Methods of Guarneri del Gesu ..." and a copy of the book "The absolute Stradivari the Messie violin 1716/2016" which has some excellent illustrations. I will also look at the Monical pamphlet and the Hill books either online or if I can find them. If anyone has any other pictures and or measurements relevant to old nailed necks I would still be very interested to see them. So, I feel a bit stupid now, I had the information I needed already but in my excitement about my blacksmithing course and a chance to make my own nails at last, I hastily and lazily made this post. However I have gained some useful information about modern old style ways of fixing a neck using stainless steel screws etc. It would be great if, if you haven't been put off by my incompetence already, you could explain a bit more about how stainless steel screws are used for example, how many, their size and positioning and even more intriguingly how they can be removed without opening the violin? Anyway I have been re thinking the design of boot I should make for you, one of them can be found, appropriately for this forum, in the home of the Messiah violin, the Ashmolean museum, there are plenty of nails for me to make in this design to hone my nail making skills and it looks like I can recycle some leather scraps to make it? It is from the 17th century and was made and worn by John Biggs 'The Dinton Hermit' and could possibly be said to be from his golden period? In looking for this picture I have discovered that the other shoe to go with this can be found in a place called Dinton Hall, and the owner of the shoes was probably the executioner of King Charles the first! There is a good video about this here https://morrisoxford.co.uk/john-biggs-other-shoe/ (Sorry about going a bit off the topic of violins, as usual)
  9. Hello Dr.Mark and Notsodeepblue, thanks for the replies. I have a copy of the Hill book somewhere and will dig this out, I read it in 2015 and have to admit had forgotten it had a picture in of nails in a top block. That will be useful if or should i say when I get some nails made. I will try and find the video by Mr Piasentini. I did a google search for violin neck nails and searched on this site and couldn't find anything, but probably in my blundering fashion, I was using the wrong search terms. The other night I searched for the local folk song entitled "The Black Cock of Whickham" and got a bit more than I bargained for! Thanks again for your replies. I will post pictures of my nail making efforts when they happen, in case anyone might be interested.
  10. Hello Mark, thanks for the information, I have an old photocopy of Shapes of the Baroque somewhere in a box and will spend a few hours digging it out. Hopefully some people may have other pictures and measurements of violin neck nails and will be tempted to post them. Regarding your boots, since I am a beginner bootmaker and like historical re creation, the best style for me to attempt would be a Napoleonic soldiers shoe (Shown below) which is the same for both the left and right feet, easier to make and will save time making decions when getting dressed in a hurry ready for battle or a violin conference?
  11. Hello Mark thanks for your reply. I do think of myself as myself more of a "violin cobbler" than a proper violin maker so maybe the bootmaking will be next? I have to admit that my violin making efforts so far seem to be based upon my desire to experiment with trying to recreate 'historical' or probable historical tools and techniques to have fun and hopefully learn something or gain some insight into the makers of the past. I am, as you will have probably guessed, an enthusiast and don't (and couldn't) make a living from instrument making but I just want to try to have a go at making my own nails and then attempt to nail a neck on my violin that came to halt back in 2015. In the meantime perhaps you can let me know your shoe size (English not U.S.) and what style you like, so I can start work on your boots!
  12. Hello Michael, don't worry about potential party poopery as I am grateful for any input. I am just interested in having a go at nailing a neck just to try it out and maybe learn something from having a go. I also have a chance to forge my own nails so hopefully I can get some pictures and measurements to help me make a nail header and then nails of the right size for a violin.
  13. A few years ago I made a lute attempting to use historically appropriate tools and techniques so I needed to use a nail to fix the neck. Here are some photos (if any one has some time to waste they can see more here https://www.lutesociety.org/pages/building-lute-original-methods ) For my lute I was lucky to manage to get some hand made Wrought iron (not mild steel) nails from the company shown below in the picture with the three big beautiful nails. The other pictures show the nail pre-bored and fitted (to avoid splitting the neck) dry, nearly home and in the last picture the nail is being driven home to clamp and hold the glued body neck joint A few years later I started my with violin making and got a violin started and abandoned it until such a time I could get or make some small wrought iron nails of a suitable size for a violin neck! This month I managed to finally get on a short blacksmithing course I discovered near to where I live. I have done a little bit of forging before with a little bit of success but really don't know what I'm doing so it is really good to get some practical instruction and access to a forge. I have attended one session and really enjoyed it and the instructor is really good and was seemed willing to help me when I told him I wanted to make some nails suitable for a violin neck from some bits of old wrought/puddled iron scrap I have collected over the years - as one does! I wondered if any of the generous Maestronet community could perhaps share with me some pictures, measurements and other details of nails from old nailed violin necks and nails in postion in violins, that I could use to help me to make my nails so I can resume making my abandoned violin?
  14. Here it is https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/saunde22.html I had heard of "Red Saunders" mentioned in old woodworking books so did a google search. I wonder, did they name it after Jacob, a bit like Brazil got its name from Brazilwood?
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