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Doesn't really look like wormwood damage.  And even if it was, it wouldn't be varnished damage.  And even if the fresh wood was that badly damaged I doubt anyone would have made a violin out of it.  The wood would be too weak if it was riddled with that many perpendicular holes.

Looks more like someone antiqued it with a stiff wire brush.  *whack whack whack*

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5 hours ago, Mark Norfleet said:

Agreed, it looks more like crappy antiquing.  Woodworm damage is very unlikely to have such a consistent character.

Thanks....I guess crappy antiquing is better than crappy woodworms!

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15 hours ago, Rue said:

Doesn't really look like wormwood damage.  And even if it was, it wouldn't be varnished damage.  And even if the fresh wood was that badly damaged I doubt anyone would have made a violin out of it.  The wood would be too weak if it was riddled with that many perpendicular holes.

Looks more like someone antiqued it with a stiff wire brush.  *whack whack whack*

It definitely ain't woodworm.  Looks more like lovebug damage.  Antiqued by waving it out the car window on the Interstate?   :huh:  :lol:  ;)

https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/lovebug.htm

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6 hours ago, Violadamore said:

It definitely ain't woodworm.  Looks more like lovebug damage.  Antiqued by waving it out the car window on the Interstate?   :huh:  :lol:  ;)

https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/lovebug.htm

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...anyone want to market bug shields in your neck of the woods? I sense a lucrative market.

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1 hour ago, The Violin Beautiful said:

I’m not entirely certain, but the marks look to me like they were made by heavy grit sandpaper or a scraper. Perhaps someone removed varnish and got too aggressive, leaving scars in the wood. When new varnish was applied, it sank into the low spots, making the marks more visible. 

Note the very obvious way that the depressions are grouped into horizontal lines?  I'm wondering if someone had some circular object with teeth on the edge, like a clock gear, that they were rolling back and forth.  :huh:

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On 6/25/2021 at 10:13 PM, shunkpenn said:

Am I looking at woodworm damage?  I think so?  Thanks for the help?

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No, it’s a textbook example of toothbrush splatter antiquing.
A dark stain is flicked from a brush with short stiff bristles.

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8 hours ago, Dave Slight said:

No, it’s a textbook example of toothbrush splatter antiquing.
A dark stain is flicked from a brush with short stiff bristles.

I agree that the black marks are just crude antiquing. The marks in the wood on the back do seem to suggest something being used to scrape the original varnish off at some point.

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9 hours ago, Dave Slight said:

No, it’s a textbook example of toothbrush splatter antiquing.
A dark stain is flicked from a brush with short stiff bristles.

I've done splattering.  But to me, it looked like the wood was indented a bit.  Splattering would only be on the surface.

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12 hours ago, Dave Slight said:

No, it’s a textbook example of toothbrush splatter antiquing.
A dark stain is flicked from a brush with short stiff bristles.

Agreed.

3 hours ago, The Violin Beautiful said:

I agree that the black marks are just crude antiquing. The marks in the wood on the back do seem to suggest something being used to scrape the original varnish off at some point.

Also agreed.

22 minutes ago, chiaroscuro_violins said:

It will take a lot to convince me this isn't the original varnish and texture.  

I can't completely rule out that this could be a crude original antiquing job.

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