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2 hours ago, catnip said:

Thanks for posting the video.  I had to stop it a few times to see exactly what you were doing.  One suggestion:  I saw that you marked the peg hole for string in the middle.  I would suggest it be closer to the peg head because pegs wear inwards  rather quickly in new violins and in a few years a new hole would need to be drilled.  I liked how you carved your bridge.  I use a micro chisel to carve the V points of the wings rather than a knife.

Yeah for the sake of keeping it from being several hours long, most shots have to be at some form of fast-forward speed. But that's why we have the pause button!  ;)

I'll keep in mind the suggestion about the peg string holes.   :)

I tried all sorts of different blades and bridge knives and all that, and and settled on using x-acto knives with a fresh blade each time for bridges and soundposts (I can get 3 or 4 out of each blade before I swap). I even made a beautiful fancy bridge knife but ended up never using it and always reaching for the x-acto instead.

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I had one beautiful coffee table book covering a Tutankhamun exhibit.

My dog ate it. 

Given your dedicated library, and your lovely wardrobe...how cool would it be to make yourself a violin with a very subtle, but beautiful, ode to Ancient Egypt?

Could be a beguiling anachronism! 

Ideas are already forming in my imagination, where, fortunately, they will remain. ^_^

*p.s. ...or if it bugs me enough, I might have to sketch them out...

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On 1/11/2021 at 8:55 AM, Rue said:

@FoxMitchell 

I had one beautiful coffee table book covering a Tutankhamun exhibit.

My dog ate it. 

Given your dedicated library, and your lovely wardrobe...how cool would it be to make yourself a violin with a very subtle, but beautiful, ode to Ancient Egypt?

Could be a beguiling anachronism! 

Ideas are already forming in my imagination, where, fortunately, they will remain. ^_^

*p.s. ...or if it bugs me enough, I might have to sketch them out...

I guess your dog hungered for knowledge! ;)

I don't think Ancient Egypt and violins mix very well, they are so separate in ...everything!, that more than likely the result would be extremely gaudy!

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3 hours ago, FoxMitchell said:

I don't think Ancient Egypt and violins mix very well, they are so separate in ...everything!, that more than likely the result would be extremely gaudy!

Hmmm, the pyramids and some violins share the same fate of man-made mysteries. 

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12 hours ago, Andreas Preuss said:

Hmmm, the pyramids and some violins share the same fate of man-made mysteries. 

The 'mystery' in my opinion is simply that people refuse to believe mere mortals could have built them.  ;)

 

 

12 hours ago, Rue said:

Gaudy? Nah...focus on "subtle".  Think how adorable a scarab carving would be on the back of the scroll!

Addendum: I had Anne Cole's Ladybug violin inspiring me.

https://www.annecoleviolinmaker.com/violins/Ladybug

That's so cute! :wub: 

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