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  1. I am building my 4th violin. I've made an effort to carve the tops of the first 3 very similarly to each other, from similar wood, for consistancy in tonal result. I followed arching templets matching a Stradavarius style. I am arching my 4th fiddle using templets more matching a Guarnerius style this time, again using similar wood to the first 3. I've heard that some luthiers prefer to do their arching more intuitavely, by eye, not using templets. I know a good mandolin maker who works by eye, and stresses to me that the thinnest part of the plate must be around the edges so the whole top can move there, like a speaker cone. And there are several other factors like how far in before the arching starts to rise , how steeply, etc. to consider. If you carve your tops by eye did you first practice methodically with different archings before taking off on your own. If so, all things being equal, what are the basic principles to be followed?
  2. Hi, sorry for making another bridge curve/shape topic, since there are already some out there, but instead of resurrecting an old topic, it might be better to make a new one. So first let me start by saying I tried quite a few different bridge templates. Ive tried making my own template, using a 42mm radius, aswell as checking that to the 42mm radius playing surface. I downloaded a bridge template, but all seem to have the same problem. As I go up higher in positions when playing, it gets harder and harder to play one string only. I cannot use the pressure that I would like, as it would cause 2 strings to be played, or even 3 strings. I like to play strong, with enough pressure. Does anyone perhaps have any suggestions about what I can do? I want to make a new bridge template, different from the one Ive been using, so any advice on this will be appreciated. Also, what is the usual preference of classical players, regarding bridge shapes/curves/radius? Thank you.
  3. Hi again. Can someone please tell me where I might be able to find some wood carving gouges online? Ive been looking at hardware shops at so many places locally already but couldn't find any other than the normal flat surface chisels. Ive been able to find small gouges for the scroll, but nothing big enough for the body of a violin. Also, since I live in South-Africa, please only recommend websites where they ship internationally, if possible. I went to look on this website and found http://www.mehr-als-werkzeug.de/product/715257/Gouges-Blade-Width-24-mm.htm today, but the shipping cost alone is 32Euro, which is almost twice the cost of the gouge itself. Only other "bigger" gouge Ive been able to find locally, has a heel underneath the cutting area, which requires you to hold the tool at about a 60degree angle, and then lifting the front up to cut out a little piece of wood. You cannot just push it through the wood normally. Thank You. I'm also attaching a picture for those not exactly sure what I'm looking for.
  4. Hello all, I've got a Automach WCS-100 Professional Reciprocating Woodcarver for sale. I'll include a detailed description and pictures below. This is really an amazing machine. I've used it to easily gouge through maple, walnut, and ebony with ease. If you are not familar with a reciprocating carver, it uses a pneumatic-type action to buffet the chisel-end hundreds of times a second via a rotary shaft. This allows you to carve through the hardest woods easily and with great control. Also, this machine is rather quiet for what it does. This particlar machine has not been used much and is very like-new. It comes with many accessories.. I've had this for a while, but never used it much. Just never got around to doing all the carving I had planned to. Anyway, these are very hard to find used, and certainly rare to find in the condition this one is in. I'm posting it here first for my MN friends before I put it up on Ebay. With this sale you will get: ~Automach WCS-100 Professional Reciprocating Woodcarver ($499 retail) ~Rotary Head Power carving tool w/key ($95 Retail) ~Eleven (11) Chisel Heads *See photo for details* ($15 ea/$165 total retail) ~Wrench & Power Cable All in all, this cost me $759, but I'm willing to let it go for $450. Shipping will be $25 CONUS, Int'l shipping is available, please inquire. If paying by Paypal, please add 3% for fees. Otherwise, a Money Order or Cashier's Check is fine. Thanks for looking! AUTOMACH Power Carver Model WCS-100 Specs: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Continuous carving of hard wood, such as ebony, rosewood (for professional). * For Sculpture Carving Cutting Polishing Drilling * You can carve with one third of force at 3 - 5 times greater speed, when comparing with manual carving, and therefore you won't get tired. * Rated voltage AC 100/120V, 50/60Hz * The grabbing portion is as small as 30mm in diameter., so that you can handle this tool like a manual carving knife . * The number of blade reciprocation has become 12,000 per minute which is 2 times greater than the conventional model. * Along with 1.5mm(1/16inch) reciprocation width, the cut amount has increased by 30 - 40% * The flexible shaft (power carrying wire) has become softer and lighter, so that you can use the tool more easily. * Professionals and woodworking people admire that finished surface is finer, when compared with finished surface by manual carving. Optional Rotary Head available. * Type RH-102 Rotary Head - When you need rotation instead of reciprocation, just connect RH-102 to the flexible shaft of a Wood Carver. The Wood Carver becomes a rotary tool. Chucking capacity is up to 6.5mm, 1/4".
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