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Very cool Evan. I hate to admit it but I haven't been over here on contemporary makers for several months. I need to keep up with what you guys are doing. Enjoy your posts.

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Alright Evan, what does that exotic looking gear beside the very nice violin cradle go to? The juxtapositoning of that gear to the primitive outside calipers (albeit with a modern mechanical pencil of the next photo is cool.  I plug my iPod up to my car stereo, and your songs come up from time to time.  Cool.  You are a man of many talents.  

Did I say cool twice?  Cool.

Ken

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On 5/11/2017 at 10:15 AM, Jim Bress said:

I like the standing "workbench".  Good for the back.  Cool picture effects.

-Jim 

It really does help tremendously.  Glad you liked the pics,

Thanks Evan

On 5/11/2017 at 5:20 PM, Berl Mendenhall said:

Very cool Evan. I hate to admit it but I haven't been over here on contemporary makers for several months. I need to keep up with what you guys are doing. Enjoy your posts.

Thank You Berl, glad you enjoyed them,,,,,,,you say several months,,That was in May!!!! Now It's August!!! What is happening,, this "Time" thing needs to slow down!

And now haven't seen you in a bit.

I enjoy everything that you bring up, you help keep me thinking.

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On 5/12/2017 at 0:31 AM, Michael_Molnar said:

Great "artsy fartsy" photos. I like them.

Well ,,  After all,

 

You are a distinguished and well educated Gentleman,,

I'll take you're word for it!

On 5/12/2017 at 5:33 AM, rossini said:

I like the pictures . They are good for cover of a book

You may use them if you like,,,,

no credit due,,a fellow traveler.

On 7/12/2017 at 11:43 AM, Ken_N said:

Alright Evan, what does that exotic looking gear beside the very nice violin cradle go to? The juxtapositoning of that gear to the primitive outside calipers (albeit with a modern mechanical pencil of the next photo is cool.  I plug my iPod up to my car stereo, and your songs come up from time to time.  Cool.  You are a man of many talents.  

Did I say cool twice?  Cool.

Ken

A Model A ford,,,,, The ring and pinion gears. I took it all apart. It's all I know,,,short of nothing. Will go through each and every piece, clean, repair or replace.

Looks like a nice car huh.

Just like a shiny old beat up fiddle that really needs a lot of repair! Lots of worn out parts,,,,a few cracks, a few crunches!

 

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The Real Family Full Meal Deal,,,greasy togetherness!!

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Lots of dirt,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Using Violin scrapers,,,,IMG_5051.JPG.8d505074882005247288e74b946548c5.JPG

 

Rusty bent wheels,,,,,,IMG_4800.thumb.JPG.13c270cfc082538d86152b1295870368.JPG

Cleaning with chisel,,IMG_4808.thumb.JPG.812c99d0dbeb1ba407f175808837e376.JPG

 

Vinegar,,,IMG_4813.thumb.JPG.89d7d89ad50bbd71d78d21267ece605f.JPG

Straightening and cleaning wheels on front axle. They spin nicelyIMG_4812.thumb.JPG.e5b74e949897d1a5a38fa3e52cded6d9.JPG,,buffing with 8' stainless on a right angle grinder,,

Lots of acid cleaned parts,,,ready for paint,,,

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 Hit from the side at some point in it's life,bent and broken frame,,,,no problem,,, you won't know when it's done.

It's only steel, it'l bend and it will weld, it will grind and it will shine..

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Rotten front header,,,wood of course! See the flame in the Michigan maple!

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More flamed maple,, I am considering gluing this up for a violin back, probably enough for a neck and ribs, the model A fiddle!

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New back yard chicken coop,,,,I would rather have pigeons,, my wife wants breakfast omelets.

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Couldn't stand it! had to do the speed o now,,,needed some instant gratification bad!!! Now!!

 

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Cleaned and lubed,, it didn't work,,it will now!

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Whats this got to do with fiddles,,,,

Henry Ford loved fiddles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your antiquing looks more real than a lot of luthiers who are recognized for doing great antiquing.  I mean, in my opinion anyway.  You did the wear in all of the right places.  There is more wear on the scroll than a lot of people would be comfortable doing (because they are wimps), but you did it and you got away with it, and it looks real.  So, I will go ahead and recognize your awesome sense for antiquing, fwiw, coming from me.  Also, your family is obviously awesome, and your Model A project--also awesome.  

I can't see the images you just posted in your last post, but it may be the firewall on this computer...(?)

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Love the intensity of your "work crew".  These kids will be able to accomplish anything.  Congrats on a great family!  Nice fiddle's to.

-Jim

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29 minutes ago, Jim Bress said:

Love the intensity of your "work crew".  These kids will be able to accomplish anything.  Congrats on a great family!  Nice fiddle's to.

-Jim

Thanks Jim,,They are a handful!

Occasionally I make a nice lookin fiddle, It's not that I can't,,,it just takes so much extra time,,and time is something that seems to run like water,, so much to do. So I just hammer them out and they are what they are.

My 14 yr old son and I just yesterday were talking about cutting the middle out of a Lincoln limousine and making it into a two seater,, you know,,,big sports car!  never a dull moment! Just think of all the skills he'll learn getting that done.He also takes a full load of ballet,,and soccer, and plays a lot of music. everyone around here plays lots of music, some days I can feel just too old for all of this continual excitement.

Just putting up these pics is something I've put off forever,,,

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On 7/12/2017 at 0:04 PM, Julian Cossmann Cooke said:

I see website material here.  Very eye-catching!

 

Thanks,, use something if you can,,,,if you want, or not, not knot as in ropes, or knot as in speed, just plain not,,, as in na da,,,,but not plain as in yogurt.

There's gotta be some fruit in there somewhere,,,but not gotta as in have to,,, but as in sure would taste a lot better.

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2 hours ago, Mike Spencer said:

Nice work Evan! Good to see your fiddle work and the car work too!

Thanks,, The car is fun, anxious to get it together!

 

1 hour ago, not telling said:

Your antiquing looks more real than a lot of luthiers who are recognized for doing great antiquing.  I mean, in my opinion anyway.  You did the wear in all of the right places.  There is more wear on the scroll than a lot of people would be comfortable doing (because they are wimps), but you did it and you got away with it, and it looks real.  So, I will go ahead and recognize your awesome sense for antiquing, fwiw, coming from me.  Also, your family is obviously awesome, and your Model A project--also awesome.  

I can't see the images you just posted in your last post, but it may be the firewall on this computer...(?)

Thanks for your observations, worth a lot to me coming from you,,, when I look at everyone elses work, I just think, I wish I could do that, I guess I see what I don't like about my stuff and what I do like about theirs, I feel like if I ever become satisfied with me then I'll quit learning, and I can't have that! I've got obsessive compulsive over focused learning dysfunctional with a bit of crazy, don't tell me it cain't be done syndrome. Symptoms are occasional slight discomfort. when standing sitting or lying down.

Weird thing is sometimes a fiddle will look a bit worn, and I won't even bother to wear the scroll, if I never get around to it so what, I don't really care. It's not planned,,it's all just a mood in the moment type of thing, when I'm in the moment I just let it go and watch,,,, it just happens like the sunrise,, or a sudden fart in a crowd of people,,phft,,then it's gone.

Rarely will there be two alike.

But when I plan and make a real nice one it's not nearly as much fun as the free for all let it fly to the wind creation,,,and the sound is the same either way,, that's what is important to me anyway, the sound,,that is what I focus on not much else. But I am a player and they have to work, if your cold you need a good coat, color is not important for a brief moment until you are warm and here comes your friends!! I think they need to look like they grew on a tree, not poured into a plastic mold.

What you say is worth a lot to me, Your pretty salty at times and can cut to the chase, and I admire that, I think of you as a baby slinger,, baby slung over one hip, a gouge in the other,

I can dig it.

If Anne Akiko Meyers sayes her Del Gesu has balls, I'd say you've got'em too.

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Outstanding Evan.  We went to Greenfield Village a few weeks ago.  Model A's and Model T's everywhere.  My wife got tickets for the concours d'elegance in Plymouth today.  It used to be a Meadowbrook Hall, (went there earlier this year) and I always wanted to go.  Should be cool. I'm a lucky man.  Born and raised in Detroit, I've never been into American cars.  Through the 60's and 70's there wasn't much good coming out.  

There is a whole lot of good coming out of Evan's workshop. The first scroll with the heavy flame is very, very nice.

I've thought of fixing up an old car:

Citroen DS, yeah, find one.

Triumph tr6 or earlier, still has a frame, but can we get in and out?

Karmann Ghia, hum, an exercise in minimalism and simplicity?  Would have to do it just right.

Have to get going.

Ken

 

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