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My name is Keenan Goldsmith. I live in Louisiana and have been playing the cello since the age of 15. At 33 years old I have decided to follow my dream of making violins and cellos. I have made my own varnish and am currently working on the cello. I need some help. I have been working on planing the top where the center joint will be and am not having much success getting the parts to fit flush. I can still see light passing between the joint. Before I go any further and ruin a good piece of spruce I wanted to post this message. I am looking for a violin maker that would be interested in working with me on building this cello for a week sometime this summer. I can travel to you and stay at a hotel nearby. All that I am looking for is someone to observe what I'm doing and give me some pointers. I have asked for help from the local luthiers who apparently see me as competition. No help there. I appreciate any help or advice that you all can provide.