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Old 11-01-2006, 06:13 AM
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Old 11-01-2006, 06:23 AM
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Sorry, I'm not in favor of chopping down rare hardwoods to make more overpriced crap.

On the other hand, I've always admired the Japanese use of more humble trees. They can make plain old pine look beautiful.
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Old 11-01-2006, 06:52 AM
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Sorry, I'm not in favor of chopping down rare hardwoods to make more overpriced crap.

On the other hand, I've always admired the Japanese use of more humble trees. They can make plain old pine look beautiful.
Hmm. Well, I don't think the bespoke tonearm market is contributing significantly to deforestation. Maybe Herr Schroeder can start combing the beaches for driftwood for his tonearms?
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The rest of that tree probably went to make $200 pens.

I have the same problem with shows like 'The New Yankee Workshop.' Every time old Norm makes a cheesy sideboard out of Cherry or Walnut, I cringe. I picture thousands of fat guys in garages all over the nation making a run for their local lumberyard.

Some beautiful woods are so rare that poachers sneak into peoples yards at night and steal them.

I will say though that Norm occasionally uses recycled lumber for his projects.

disclaimer: I'm a trained violin and cello maker, so I still hate to see good wood wasted.
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The rest of that tree probably went to make $200 pens.

I have the same problem with shows like 'The New Yankee Workshop.' Every time old Norm makes a cheesy sideboard out of Cherry or Walnut, I cringe. I picture thousands of fat guys in garages all over the nation making a run for their local lumberyard.

Some beautiful woods are so rare that poachers sneak into peoples yards at night and steal them.

I will say though that Norm occasionally uses recycled lumber for his projects.

disclaimer: I'm a trained violin and cello maker, so I still hate to see good wood wasted.
Do certain kinds of trees have better accoustical proterties than others?
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Old 03-06-2007, 07:13 AM
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...disclaimer: I'm a trained violin and cello maker, so I still hate to see good wood wasted.
SDP, what do think of this recipe?

The wood for the violin must be well dried, mature, and above all, grained. Clear wood is not ideal. For about an hour, place the top of the violin and the sound post into hot, liquid honey to which you have added a few spoons of fish oil. Mix well and make sure the wood does not warp. Every day for six days, you brush the inside of the top with the hot mixture, using a soft brush, but always scrape off the previous layer first. The bottom of the violin, as well as the ribs, is treated likewise, but with hot turpentine. Following the last application (let rest for 24 hours), scrape off the last layer, scrub with a soft wool cloth, and rub in goose lard. Let rest for two days, then scrub the wood dry and steam it. Build the body of the violin and hang up in fresh air for two days. Now complete the violin. For the varnish use a mixture of Dragon's Blood (2/3), Elemi resin and Amber with olive oil. Mix well and brush on hot.

Antonio Stradivari, 1723
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DAMN i can't read question markanese.. how much for those nifty ipod woods?
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Old 03-07-2007, 05:15 AM
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Old 03-07-2007, 05:41 AM
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SDP, what do think of this recipe?

The wood for the violin must be well dried, mature, and above all, grained. Clear wood is not ideal. For about an hour, place the top of the violin and the sound post into hot, liquid honey to which you have added a few spoons of fish oil. Mix well and make sure the wood does not warp. Every day for six days, you brush the inside of the top with the hot mixture, using a soft brush, but always scrape off the previous layer first. The bottom of the violin, as well as the ribs, is treated likewise, but with hot turpentine. Following the last application (let rest for 24 hours), scrape off the last layer, scrub with a soft wool cloth, and rub in goose lard. Let rest for two days, then scrub the wood dry and steam it. Build the body of the violin and hang up in fresh air for two days. Now complete the violin. For the varnish use a mixture of Dragon's Blood (2/3), Elemi resin and Amber with olive oil. Mix well and brush on hot.

Antonio Stradivari, 1723
Sounds like an unholy mess to me...and why would Stradavari be publishing his secrets?

Anyway, the varnish recipe sounds about right. We didn't use Olive Oil...
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Do certain kinds of trees have better accoustical proterties than others?
Spruce for the top, Maple for the rest...although I once made a back out of Sycamore.
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:17 AM
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Sounds like an unholy mess to me...and why would Stradavari be publishing his secrets?

Anyway, the varnish recipe sounds about right. We didn't use Olive Oil...
I think that letter was held by the British National Museum and I ran across it in my tome trawling. I thought posting it here was pretty safe!
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:03 AM
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Re: Its not wood but its...

asus wooden laptop (well bamboo is technically a grass, but....) :
http://laptops.techfresh.net/archive...bamboo-laptop/

I bought that fossil 'wood' watch, like this one, but it's brown instead of black -
http://www.amazon.com/Fossil-Men-Bla...dp/B000LWLM4U/
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:27 AM
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