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by Christopher Harms
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows
Topic: Bowed suggestions for a Viola Da Gamba-ish
Replies: 11
Views: 17791

Re: Bowed suggestions for a Viola Da Gamba-ish

I'm considering building an actual treble Gamba after I've "cut my teeth" on the kalimba I'm working on and a couple of other instruments. I do know I want to be able to play it standing up, so I'll be looking to use a magnetic socket in the endpin. That way I can have a spike longer than the instru...
by Christopher Harms
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?
Replies: 19
Views: 12294

Re: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?

A couple of large barrel curling irons from the salvage yard. I rigged up a way to clamp them upright to my bench. In fairness, I’ve only used them for violin sides and linings so far. I’m working on an upgrade for guitar sides now. Just looked up curling irons, and they seem pretty cheap brand new...
by Christopher Harms
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?
Replies: 19
Views: 12294

Re: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?

If you're like me and really can't afford proper bending equipment, I'd suggest a candle, a spray bottle, and some patience. I've had some luck bending test wood by spraying it down to avoid scorching and then heating it up gently by passing it right above the candle flame and then shoving it again...
by Christopher Harms
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?
Replies: 19
Views: 12294

Re: Using a clothes steam iron for bending sides?

If you're like me and really can't afford proper bending equipment, I'd suggest a candle, a spray bottle, and some patience. I've had some luck bending test wood by spraying it down to avoid scorching and then heating it up gently by passing it right above the candle flame and then shoving it agains...
by Christopher Harms
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself here!
Topic: Hello, new guy here.
Replies: 4
Views: 6717

Hello, new guy here.

I've been lurking here for about a week and thought I'd make my presence known. I am a new builder of musical things. I was lured into the craft by videos of kalimbas on Youtube, and I've built one already that I'm not entirely pleased with. I'm also working on a design for a silly stringed instrume...
by Christopher Harms
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Guitar ID?; Worth repairing?
Replies: 11
Views: 7852

Re: Guitar ID?; Worth repairing?

What kind of strings were put on that guitar? Comment threads about people damaging guitars by putting steel strings on them are a dime a dozen all over the internet. If the guitar isn't built for steel strings, violent damage is often the result. I suspect that's what happened here.