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19 hours ago, Thomas Coleman said:

Makes sense.  I know that there has been talk on here about fitting a carbon fibre ring that would take up the same perimeter of real estate as your bushing but I couldn't remember the context of that thread. In guitarmaking, it is not at all uncommon to use either plywood for the lower block or to laminate a cross grain piece of spruce onto it.  Of course, with no edge margin and just by the way the instrument is used and handled, guitars are more prone to splitting in that location.  Is your bushing spruce?  Is it taperfit? 

I use a CF ring around the endpin hole. It's installed with The Peg Ringer Tool.  I put one ring on each side of the block. 

I must admit Guy's method of a hardwood bushing makes a lot of sense.

 

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1 hour ago, scordatura said:

Beautiful as usual. Really nice article on madder lakes in the Strad!

Thank you!  The pigment making was a project with Hugh Withycombe and with help from others in Oberlin. I look forward to receive my January issue of the Strad and see the article in print! 

https://www.thestrad.com/lutherie/the-mysterious-alchemy-of-the-madder-root/9886.article?fbclid=IwAR1A_Whh7ygPYDpW1vXSmSf-pIEDr9dwZkKMbLWC41GON2AQBqLlbEMiR50 )

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On my bench today - my latest violin.  

In the background are 3D prints of a Stradivari front & back, with their arching shapes - made from photographs I took of the Strad violin,  together with photogrammetry software which stitched the 2D photos into virtual 3D models and then finally into solid 3D prints. I'll be using the prints for my next violin which will be based on this particular Strad. 

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2 hours ago, Ken_N said:

Very cool!  Mine are usually based.on something in my head.  They get lost in translation.  That one sure isn't.  Love the color and texture.

Thank you.  I would like to work from memory but I find it very difficult!  I prefer to have photographs and info on the bench I've taken myself. Always trying to observe more if I can. 

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On 3/25/2020 at 4:42 PM, Guy Harrison said:

Still in the workshop working ! Finishing a violin based on a 1742 Guarneri.  Not sure when I’ll be able to deliver it yet and proper studio photos will have to wait as well!

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The edgework and some surface texture in the craquelure.

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Beautiful!!

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On 5/13/2020 at 12:41 PM, Guy Harrison said:

Thank you Joe.  I still have notes I took in Oberlin from our discussions on varnishing.  Very helpful! 

Always glad to swap varnish stories with you!  Perhaps we can do it again in the not too distant future.

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