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Craig Tucker

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Long pattern Strad copy work ongoing and a detail shot of finished viola I was adjusting...

Hi Melvin, those bee-stings are incredible!

You could slice of a few more shavings in the corners an sell them as study material for beginners :D

I wonder what's the size and sweep of the sinking gouge you are using?

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Melving,

Superb looking varnish.

Do you mind if I ask what you're using?

I know, you've probably already said, but I don't keep track...

Hi CT

That varnish was over a very and I mean VERY weak glue size. Marciana varnish mixed with sotto gentile ( dead plaster) was the ground...I allowed this to dry for a long time. My aim was to imitate a beautiful simple light gold Peter Guarneri varnish I saw recently. To that end I made a Marciana type varnish having pre cooked the resins first to colour them and reducing the amount of oil to keep as much colour from the resins as possible. In theory it should have been simple but the result was not quite as intended. Fortunately this viola is antiqued but not a direct copy so I had some room to play around. There is a fair bit of patina and French polish on top of it all. I am glad you like it but would not really recommend what I did...certainly I will do different next time and am constantly experimenting. I am very interested in making varnishes but also an advocate of using varnishes from one or two much more experienced specialist varnish makers we can think of.

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Hi Melvin, those bee-stings are incredible!

You could slice of a few more shavings in the corners an sell them as study material for beginners :D

I wonder what's the size and sweep of the sinking gouge you are using?

Hi Fjodor

Thanks for your kind words... I always love those shavings...maybe they could be set in resin? I think the gouge would accord with a circle of about 9 or 10mm...To be honest I am unfamiliar with the technical terms for gouges but I have a sequentially sized range of gouges of the same make and fit them to the job in hand...for this long Strad fluting the radius is tighter than for the later golden period Strads. I have a personal lettering for all my gouges so when I look at a classical old instrument I look at the fluting and know immediately which of my gouges will fit ( like a mechanic who only has to look to know what size spanner to use) & I write in my note 'fluting gouge Y all round' etc.

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Regraduating a screamer cheap old fiddle with fancy purfling, for a friend. I have to stop taking on jobs like this. No corner blocks, several cracks, some old poor repairs, and the top was thicker than the back. It will be interesting to see if I can get it to sound any good.

The Stradofear mascot was given to me as partial payment for the repair.

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Regraduating a screamer cheap old fiddle with fancy purfling, for a friend. I have to stop taking on jobs like this. No corner blocks, several cracks, some old poor repairs, and the top was thicker than the back. It will be interesting to see if I can get it to sound any good.

Was it possible to make a pre regraduation spectrum of that fiddle so a pre- and post regraduation plot can be made?

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  • 2 weeks later...

Shame I messed up the glazing of the back but the red nano oxide mixed with green nano oxyde that violin88 graciously gave me makes a very warm red-brown color and very transparent (even though it is not completely obvious on the picture).

Are those nano oxide pigments getting more widely available?

Where are makers sourcing them these days, don't remember seeing them in the Kremer Catalague?

Good looking instrument!!!!!

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