edi malinaric

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  1. edi malinaric

    The old and the future. Am I on the wrong path?

    Hi All - when I was learning to flying sailplanes, one had lots of sitting-on-the-runway time waiting to have a turn in the club's two-seater. As one got to know the other members of the club I was struck by how many were also mountaineers and sailors. I gave this some thought and soon realised that there was a common thread - all three sports attracted the individualists, people who could take decisions, people who when faced with a difficulty would find a solution with what was to hand, people who didn't need a cell phone to call for outside assistance - hell! - these were the guys you would turn to for help. By and large they were also self-sufficient. Violin making is hardly a team sport, one gets to the workbench and for the next few hours one is completely immersed in the job at hand - maybe "job-in-hand" would be more accurate - anyway it suits the loner, self-sufficient, stand-on-his-own-two-feet sort of guy. Arguments between such folks can get super-heated but are usually quickly forgotten - sometimes even forgiven :-) welcome friends - edi
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    Violin ,no label

    Hi Shawnster - I'd hesitate to use "crude". If you have tried fine wood carving you will have found out that it's not at all easy to do those little "serifs" at the end of lines. Look carefully at the "arrowhead" separating the initials and numbers - that is one nick of the chisel. Great skill and control. Maybe the violin was made by a woodcarver straying beyond his normal boundaries? Also the dot between the 19 and 30 is actually part of the 3. Let's see some pics of the instrument cheers edi
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    The old and the future. Am I on the wrong path?

    Hi David - Thank you - I would have enjoyed that. In my filing cabinet I have plans for a 20' Tornado catamaran and a 40' Crowther trimaran. After studying the Tornado plans I chose to build an 18' Unicorn cat - because it was a single hander. Eventually built 3 of them - great fun, proved seaworthy enough to carry full sail in a Force 8 gale and managed 7m breaking swells like a pole vaulter. (separate incidents) Did you follow Spindrift 2 in her attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy? cheers edi
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    The old and the future. Am I on the wrong path?

    Hi Eloffe - the technique was particularly effective in ghosting conditions and with a fully battened mainsail. Needed very, very delicate tiller movements to keep drag to a minimum. Happy days - just shy of 50 years ago - edi
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    The old and the future. Am I on the wrong path?

    Aah Andreas - just think of the opportunity - you could corner the market for maple toothpicks! cheers edi
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    The old and the future. Am I on the wrong path?

    Hi Nik - I may be wrong but I think that the answer is in two parts. One physical and the other mental. The physical path is easy to understand - the best tonewood, the best tools, how-to books - many books, more tools and a whole forests of wood. It was while learning from Brian Lisus how to build a violin that the mental aspect of good workmanship crystallized for me. Most of the students struggled to scrape the plates "flowing-smooth". No matter how much Brian angled the plate to show how the shadows revealed where wood had to scraped away, most of the students just couldn't see them. A lot of those violins left the workshop as "that's good enough" quality. I looked on as they glued up the body and moved closer to completion. I sighed and kept scraping away chasing those pesky shadows. Eventually I thought that I had finally "got" them all and took my plates to Brian for his comment. He looked - square on, tangentially, angled them this way and that, flexed them and quietly handed them back saying "those will make a fine sounding violin" I returned to my corner of the workshop thinking about how the quickest of our batch of students had completed her build inside of a year (classes were 1 evening a week) while I was half way through year 5 and was only at the body closing stage. It wasn't of any concern, I was more than satisfied that Brian hadn't pointed out something that needed more work. It was then that the thought crystallized that it was the mental approach that is most important. How many tools you have is totally immaterial. If you had a piece of tonewood and only a scraper, there's nothing preventing you ending up with a perfectly finished plate - and I'll bet you that when you have finished, you will then be able to give a lecture on every aspect of scraping. It is the ability to identify and strain towards the completion of an immediate end point that makes the difference. The goal or final endpoint arrives when you have run out of all intermediate end-points. As it says in the Good Book "Good things come to those who practice and more shall be given to those that practice more" - so get to the bench and make the perfect chip - and then improve on it. cheers edi PS: That was a bit of a "Eureka" moment for me and I wondered if that approach could had relevance to any of my previous interests. I found that, unconsciously, I had already been doing that. While rock-climbing - I was regarded as something of a "tiger" - while others looked at the face and saw all sorts of imaginary difficulties I would just rope up and set off and climb the darn thing. Early on I had realised that your world as a climber is the extent of your reach and there's no use in worrying about anything else. (Decision time - about 1 every minute or so. Result - a height gain of 150 to 200mm) While sailing to windward in seas with a swell - as the boat pitches over the top of the swell, the mast (and sail) is arced through the air at greater than boat speed and for a few seconds it generates slightly more drive. I would make use of this and pinch a little more to windward. Often I was ahead of the fleet by the windward mark. (Decision time - 1 every 20 seconds. Result - a gain to windward of ~ 50 - 100mm) Similarly when flying sailplanes. Here the decision making frequency had increased to 1 every 5-8 seconds or so. The results showed that I usually had achieved the longest flight of the day.
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    wood selection

    Hi Emilg - my parents were Croatian and in 1935 Grandfather and Father (and Mother) came to South Africa to earn more than they could in Europe. I was born in July 1939 and they had tickets booked to return home in Sept of that year. Dad had served in the Austro-Hungarian cavalry in 1918 and when that good-for-nothing Austrian Corporal heard that Dad was on his way home he got so upset he started WW2 - that meant that we became "trapped" here. Anyway every few years I manage to get myself over to Croatia and make contact with the family. I often wonder how much we are talking past each other. Once about 20 years ago, I apologised to my one cousin for my poor command of the language and his reply floored me for a bit. "No, it's not that - you speak with absolutely no foreign accent at all. If I didn't know that you were our age I would think that you were from the village and were about 90 years old". We batted this backward and forward a bit and established that as I had learnt the language from my Father, I was speaking the village dialect from the turn of the last century, using some words that no longer existed in the vocabulary. OK, that's when the two people's home language are different. However even when both parties are native speakers problems still occur. In preparation for an exam, how often has it been stressed that before answering a question, one must read the question 2 or 3 times and to make sure that you understand it before putting pen to paper? And still we go wandering down the wrong path. WRT humidity/SG the only clue is that humidity is expressed as a percentage while Specific Gravity is dimensionless. cheers edi
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    wood selection

    Hi Emilg - sounds as though while you asked about "density", he heard "moisture content". cheers edi
  9. edi malinaric

    Breaking down epoxy?

    Mmmm - is this the capsule where they used violas as an ablative coating? cheers edi
  10. edi malinaric

    How to sharpen a gouge, for the average bloke

    Huh? FiddleDoug - Surely you can't believe that! Man said he has the gouge. cheers edi
  11. edi malinaric

    Chin Rest Cork New Violin's

    Hi Michael - no-one wins a bout with black ice. One may be lucky to get away with it once or supremely fortunate - twice. (First time in Manitoba - a 150m long fish-tailing past the crossroads where I was supposed to turn to the right! The second - in Slovenia - a right hand curve towards a T-junction. I noticed that the curve was in shadow from the trees on the side of the road, even thought that there might be a chance of some ice in the shadow - and whoops - confirmed it. Pumped the brakes, cycled the hand-brake, tried desperately to spin the car off the road - because there was this bloody great petrol tanker that was going to cross the T a second after I entered it!!!! Final thoughts were "I'm sorry that my wife was going to be hit first and great regret that the driver of the truck might be incinerated by the fireball/explosion". The car shuddered to a stop on the ice-locked grit on the side of the road. The tanker swept past the grille with about 6" between us.) On Kawasaki/Triumph heritage. My apologies I was wrong. I was led astray by Tim who raced that T100. We bumped into each other after a gap of 15 years. He had taken delivery of a spotlessly clean Kawasaki twin only minutes before and was gushing on about the twin discs, the balance shaft, the DOHC and the 9000rpm rev limit, the 5 speed box - comparing it to his T100 and leaving me with the impression that it was developed from the Triumph. Thanks for putting me right. I once rode a Venom - what an incredibly smooth power delivery - in 5th gear - from idle to max revs - who needs a gear box? In complete contrast was getting a Manx through the wall at 3500rpm and onto the cam. Twist the grip - all normal through 2000 - 2500 - 3000 - approaching 3250 pull in the clutch - revs jump - catch them at ~ 4500 with the clutch and hang on as the squab of the seat does it's best to separate your pelvis from your spine..... OK, memory binge over cheers edi
  12. edi malinaric

    Chin Rest Cork New Violin's

    Hi Michael - I think that the Austin 7 was licence-built in Japan. The Datsun Bluebird was the A40 clone. A friend had one of the first ones to arrive here and the head gaskets were interchangeable. The main difference was that they had given the Bluebird engine a OHC head. Another friend used to race a T100 - later he bought a 650 cc Kawasaki - it looked very much more a Triumph than a Beeza. Again DOHC instead of pushrods, four valve/cylinder and red-lined at 9000 rpm. https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japanese-motorcycles/kawasaki-w650-zmmz13jfzbea I cut my teeth on helping rebuild things like Velocettes - KTT and MAC, BSA Gold Stars, Nortons - Manx & Dominators, the odd Triumph twin and Cub and even a single cylinder MV Augusta. Met a young(19 year old) Mike Hailwood on his first trip to South Africa - and drooled over his NSU Rennmax. Next trip it he'd changed it for a fully stream-lined FB Mondial. Almost drowned! https://riders.drivemag.com/features/1957-mondial-250-bialbero-racer-test-supreme-single All good fun but it cost me an extra year at university. cheers edi
  13. edi malinaric

    Chin Rest Cork New Violin's

    My condolences. :-( How is it that some of us never learn? Says a guy who owned 3 Fiats - consecutively!!!! FIAT - First In All Troubles! Broken crankshaft, broken half-shafts, broken clutch fingers, dropped valve, burnt hole in piston - let's not mention the electrics. Fun to drive though - especially on mountain passes. Did I mention anything about having a heavy foot? cheers edi
  14. Hi Andreas - I like the HM method - mainly because the grain fibres run continuously from top to bottom of the plate. Somehow that seems to be a good thing. The extra doublers (blacks and corners) required wouldn't be much of a problem. I'd use epoxy - so possible separation would cease to be a factor. I might try it - I have a stainless steel re-blueing tank with gas burners that I could re-purpose for the steaming part of the job. cheers edi
  15. Hi Don - agreed. My thoughts ran away a little. Originally I was only thinking about pressing the plate into shape and then those thoughts morphed into machining the plate and leaving extra thickness in selected areas to be compressed during the plate forming phase - thus giving variable selected densities - incorporating the resin as an integral varnishing... One wouldn't compress to the levels of those "engineered" types (just enough pressure and heat to set the plate to shape) so the SG could remain close to normal. Some years ago I tried to buy some compressed wood "ebony" from the States but they couldn't be bothered to export a 1 cello fingerboard quantity to South Africa.