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Found 26 results

  1. Quadibloc

    Wenge for fingerboards?

    In looking at a site about chess pieces offered for sale, I learned that a new African wood, Wenge, is sometimes used as a substitute for Ebony. Since Ebony is not endangered - as long as one uses the ligher-colored wood, and not just the wood that is black - I suppose there's no need to resort to a substitute. If you want the traditional color, wood can easily be stained. In doing a web search, though, I saw that Wenge is being used for guitar fretboards, but no one has tried it for a violin fingerboard as far as I could find. Taking a closer look at my search results, apparently using Wenge gives a guitar a darker tone quality.
  2. As theoretical person who plays and thinks about violins, the question of what wood is led to this peculiar formulation. It appears to me that damping is a very important part of the wood properties. And included porosity in wood is only discussed implicitly as density. Thinking of wood as a foam has helped me when thinking about violin graduations. So: Wood is a lignin foam with cellulose fiber reinfocement, and hemicellulose filler. And the fact that it is a foam containing a lot of air is important to understanding how it works in violins. The nothing is as important as the something!
  3. Dimitri Musafia

    Where did Stradivari get his wood?

    I've heard all sorts of stories about where Stradivari got his tonewood. Some say that he travelled to Val di Fiemme to select trees to fell for the spruce, other stories say that he travelled to Venice to source his maple. Are there any reliable information sources that cast more light on this aspect of Stradivari's work? Thank you in advance!
  4. Marcus Bretto

    Ground Coloration - Lignosulfonates??

    I’ve been bouncing ideas through my head about the color of aged/oxidized wood and started doing some investigation into wood byproducts when I came across Sodium Lignosulfonate. It’s a byproduct of removing lignin from wood in the paper pulping industry. It is a water soluble powder which can range in color from browns to reds to golds that also has properties as a dye dispersant. Something tells me it could be very good for adding some color to white wood. Any opinions? Thanks!
  5. maria85

    Peg Wood ID

    Hi! I don’t know much about violin work, but from reading on the internet it seems like among the fittings the pegs are the biggest deal to replace. I need a new chintest and tailpiece so it seemed like it would make sense to get the same wood as the pegs. (This is my secondary violin so I’m not concerned about the nuances in the sound that might be caused by the wood type). However, I don’t recognize the wood my pegs are made of. Can anyone identify this, or let me know if there is a reason I should just go with a standard wood instead?
  6. Marcos Capilla

    Bow identification

    Hello, i'm from Argentina, I have an old violin bow whit an exotic wood stick and ivory frog, and need some opinions of them to ID his origin and maybe his maker , I apreciate all the contributions, cheers!!!
  7. A local luthier is closing down, and has offered me an instrument with a very decent discount. It is a brand new cello built by the Hungarian master builder Péteri Károly in 2014. The instrument sounds really nice, but it has this "artifact" on the top: https://i.imgur.com/OgdMddD.jpg On the instrument, it is located here: https://i.imgur.com/Qj94RsY.jpg?1 Does anyone have an opinion on wether or not this is, or can become, a problem? Thank you in advance for your opinion in this matter!
  8. So over the years that I've owned my place, I've had this notion that I would eventually use the trunk of the cherry tree in front to make the back and sides of a violin. This year the tree became so large that it needed to be removed from the small yard in front of our building. I requested that they leave me the trunk, which they have done. It is a heavy son of a gun. I need someone to come cut it into slabs and I have a few questions. Is there a particular kind of saw person that does this? Is it something a handyman can do? What thickness should the slabs be? How do they remove the bark? Thanks for any info.
  9. I was organizing my stockpile of exotic lumber today, and fueled by thoughts from this topic, https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/338205-carbon-fibre-sound-posts/,it occurred to me: Have bridges and soundposts been made of different materials besides maple and spruce? Has anyone ever experimented with a bridge made of Pernambuco? Or a soundpost made of that same wood? How about ebony? Is there a measurable reason why maple and spruce are used for those parts, and if so, can it perhaps be improved/enhanced?
  10. Artguy

    Violin Makers estate

    I have a large pile of old wood , antique forms and violin making materials , violin and viola patterns from the estate of a violin maker from Crimea . i have attached photos of the contents of the boxes laid out on my studio floor. I know very little about these objects , except that they are quite old and quite beautiful. Can anyone enlighten me ? thank you .
  11. mountainviolin

    Luthier materials for sale

    I took some classes in bow rehairing and repair as well as violin repair and construction but never continued with it. I've decided to sell off all of the materials and tools as they were costly to purchase and are not doing anyone any good just stored in a box(and I need to recoup at least some of the cost!). If you contact me I can provide you with a list of items for sale or if you are looking for anything in particular just ask. I also have 2 DVD;s, still in wrapping unused- When Trees Sing- Peter Paul Prior; Disc one and fifteen. I'm not sure if this is the best way to go about this or not but if you are planning to take some classes at UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute,, etc. this will be a good deal for you. Clarification; I'll send you my original receipts so you can see what I bought and paid. Let me know if you are interested in the instrument repair/making items or the bow rehairing/repair ones as the lists are different. My bow classes were at UNH @ Lynn Hannings so if you are doing that, I've got what you need. The instrument classes were at UNH @ Horst Kloss plus at MCLA @ Hans Nebel if that helps any. I also have a set of unused plans for the "Titian" violin in a mailing tube.
  12. Hello to everyone this is De Paoli from Canada I would like to add more photos of tone wood and accessories that we have if there is an interest please let me know as we are moving from our present location over the next month and would like all this wonderful collection to go to luthier's hands! the next few posts will be of pics but if you request something specific i can post many more! thanks again for the interest!
  13. Hello everyone I have some lovely pieces of Cello tonewood they are two piece - some already joined and a couple still in half I have cello ribs a few scrolls bridge finger boards cello mold/frame if anyone's interested please let me know!n thanks!
  14. Dwight Brown

    Favorite Tone Wood Suppliers

    Does anyone have favorite reliable tone wood suppliers or no-go suppliers? Maybe: 1.Kind of Wood 2. Reliability 3. Location 4. Shipping speed 5. Stuff I forgot.... I'm Kind of working on a project of sorts. Don't worry I'm not going to put any of you out of business :-) If there is already a good thread on this or a reference thread maybe this can be an update. I looked, but I am not the best.
  15. Colleen McTigue

    Not perfect wood, perhaps, but mine...

    Just thought I'd share some pics of my shipment from Simeon Chambers. I chose various grades of wood, staying pretty much away from the "master grade" wood, since I'm still learning, but I think this is definitely the best wood I've ever had the opportunity to play with. I got a couple of one-piece backs with sides (these will be for violins #3 and #4)... A selection of tops, ranging from "Character" grade to "High" grade... And two one-piece viola tops and a one-piece violin top, another 2-piece top, enough sound post wood to last several lifetimes (so if anyone is ever in desperate need, don't hesitate to ask!), and 8 bookmatched ukulele tops. So I now have in my total inventory (by rough calculation) 9 violin tops (2 sitka, the rest Englemann), 3 violin backs (2 1-pc), 5 neck blanks, 2 one-pc viola tops... enough to keep me busy for a VERY long time!
  16. Hi gang! Long time reader but first time poster here. I'm looking to take on the project of making my first ever bow, and was wondering if anybody knows of an online source where I could get snakewood and pernambuco blanks for the job. Thanks for the help!
  17. I have a request from a customer to find viola pegs made with woods like Pear, plum and other suitable hard fruit woods. He does not want ebony. He also mentioned he likes Cocobolo and some other rosewoods. I can usually find that. Fruit woods a bit more rare. Open to any suggestions as substitutes for fruit woods. Box wood not too expensive is an option, but I'm hesitant to buy the Chinese Jujube pegs I see...maybe real box wood. There is not room in the budget for custom made pegs unfortunately, but good grade commercial pegs are in order. I will check the usual suspects, but the fruit wood request seems like a thing to ask about. Thanks for any leads.
  18. WilliamRoss

    How to Organize Your Bench

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to this group and I'm just moving into a wonderful sunny room to make instruments. However, I'm not sure how best to set up my space. What do you suggest? From past experience, or what you do in your own work space, what works best so I'd have easy & quick access to everything and my bench doesn't get too cluttered? I have a drafting table with no drawer space, a smaller free standing bench with small shelves and drawers on both sides, two large free standing shelves & milk crates, and wall space. For tools, I have chisels, gouges, three knives, planes, sharpening stones, files, drafting mateirals/strait edges, scrapers, saws, drills, and brushes. I also have some good instrument wood and some scrap wood. I deeply appreicate any and all input! Thank you!
  19. In my understanding, most of the violin are using Maple wood for the back. (Cello may use some other…). In guitar making, there is Brazilian Rosewood, Indian rosewood, Cedar, and bahbahabah. The selection of wood clearly affect the tone a lot on the guitar. So, my question is … is there are any study for applying different type of wood as mentioned on Violin making in the recent day? Anyways, Happy new years… )
  20. I got some nice big viola size spruce (500mm) , It is in very nice wedges and the grain seems to be just about perfectly quartered. It is stamped 2013 so it is a bit new to use on anything but I was going to put it away in my hope chest/wood scholarship closet for a few years. Should it be sawn in two so it will season faster or should I just leave it alone. It is european wood if that matters. How new is too new? The spruce is really something, you can run your hands over the edges and the stuff just sings when you hold your ear to it. It smells so lovely and clean. OK, I'm a nut case :-) I I was thinking that I would need to find someone with a large bandsaw with a re-sawing blade or can it be done by hand (not by me!) DLB
  21. Energon5

    Wood Supplier for Bow Making?

    Hey Maestronet, Forgive me if this is the incorrect place for this sort of question. I'm trying to begin the journey down the road of bow making, and am having some trouble getting started. Where I'm from there are no real resources to go through for this sort of thing, so I'm kind of on my own. I've been reading books on actual luthier practices, making the instruments, and have one book specifically on bow making (the Kun and Regh book). I decided I was just going to take the plunge and start working, but now I can't seem to find a good supply of wood when it comes to bows. I know Pernambuco is regulated now, and cannot be shipped around so that will be impossible to find, but from my other reading I had assumed that there would be some way to find snakewood, or ironwood that would be usable for just getting started at least. The problem is that all of the boards, or blanks I find are so small (12" maximum compared to the 30"(770mm) that this book I'm using as a reference uses). Is there any place you guys know that is a reliable supplier of woods for a beginner such as me, or any alternative woods I could attempt to use just getting started? Or am I going about this all wrong in the first place anyway. Thanks in advance for any advice, good or bad!
  22. ViolinLove20

    Test Strips

    Hello, This question is slightly painful to ask, but where could/would/should I purchase wood for varnishing test strips? Since I don't make instruments, I don't have random wood pieces laying around. Would I be fine testing on kiln-dried wood bought from a local lumber store? Should I purchase some actual tonewood and turn it into test strip pieces? Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm afraid I've gotten infected with the 'violin varnishing disease' ...and now I really need a place to test out some certain methods, recipes and ideas. Thanks.
  23. icebob99

    Violin Ribs?

    I am new to the art of violin making. I am going to try first with a simple violin, this is really just a practice instrument, so I'm not bothering with using heat and pressure to bend the back and front, or stuff like that. I have a design to trace off of, (courtesy of Peter Horn) and I have the wood I need to construct the back and front. However, while I was talking with Peter, he did not give me actual rib measurements, so I'm floundering around looking for rib measurements. I understand that there are many different ways to make ribs, and that they vary from maker to maker. If someone could reply with a set of measurements (I can't find them on the web!) that would be great. Also, I'm still trying to figure out what a rib is. Looking through the first few pages of this forum, I found a drawing that had 6 blocks of wood at the top and bottom, and some at the corners near the middle. I think I have a good idea, but I'd like confirmation, as that piece of info is a prerequisite to making the ribs, obviously. A brief explanation would be excellent, thanks in advance if you do
  24. bcncello

    dutzenarbeit wood supply

    Taking into account the large amount of violins produced on what is known as 'dutzenarbeit' I thought of the great amount of wood that were needed for their construction and what could have been its provenance. I guess the most used tree species would have been: spruce (picea abies? abies alba?), maple (acer pseudoplatanus?) and beech (fagus sylvatica). Did a wood industry developed alongside the instrument production centers? What regions where choosen to harvest the wood?
  25. Hi All, I'm new here and excited to talk to fiddle folks! ( instead of the wall!) I am an artist and live in the Mountains, ( Alppalachia USA. ) I am a self taught picker & have a handfu of violas, Gambas, tenor vielle, and cello. I can play them all at medium 'Jam'..or easy classical level. I read and play by ear. Every so often I have to take one of my 'babies' to a repair luthier. Sadly I have had results which range from doubtful to scary. I DONT WANT TO DO that anymore! I am a skilled silversmith, fune needle worker, desighner, and award winning copper plate etching artist, as well as wood cuts and have tooled soom saddles. I can andle MOST exacting crafts. I am READY to take on basic set up and light repairs for fiddles. I am searching for sources...both INFO, and GOOD quality materials, and tools. I am on Soc Sec. So...am NOT wealthy...but KNOW the value of good tools! PLEASE... send me any advice or leads you can. I have 4 instruments that need attention...and ...am playing the only one that is ' working'. THANK YOU for your help and encouragement! Miss Billie, ( Blue Ridge Girl )