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DIY Torrefied (Roasted) Maple Violin Bridge
Proposed methodology of DIY Torrefied (Roasted) maple violin bridge, spruce sound post, and other small objects.
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Irv said

  I am trying to keep the procedure simple and tech free so that more people will try it.  I don’t think that I am succeeding in that...

i am actually still interested, I actually roasted the spruce sticks that I use for cleats.  I did it to ensure they were stable...

i just have a hard time fitting everything in., trying to do too much lol

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The smoker sounds great in one way. Leave your violin smelling like smoke. 🙂
I love that smell. 👍
Not sure about the effect on sound to roast or heat the wood. I've heard mixed ideas about this.

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Fiddlerman said
The smoker sounds great in one way. Leave your violin smelling like smoke. 🙂
I love that smell. 👍
Not sure about the effect on sound to roast or heat the wood. I've heard mixed ideas about this.  

Hmmmm~ smoked BBQ Staccato

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I am making a care package for @BillyG so I needed to roast up some more violin bridges.  This time, I just stacked four bridges, wrapped them in a piece of copy paper, then made an air tight envelope of aluminum foil.  Worked great.  Much easier than sealing each bridge in its own aluminum foil container and the surface finish is better.  Next time, I am going to try newsprint.

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roflroflroflat "care package" @Irv !!!

  Thank you sir ! thumbs-up

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I just received a package of leather dust for yet another experiment, so I thought I would try to roast some.  Some darkening at 380 f, but I was hoping for more effect.  I will try at a higher temperature.

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Hmmmm... and are you going to give us hints about what one can do with leather dust... roasted or not?

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I am looking for a method of creating a leather wrapping end cap without the need to splice or bottom seam.  I am thinking of applying a layer of urethane onto the wrap, adding darkened leather dust, cover with more urethane, and create a finished texture with an embossed roller.  It might also be possible to do a bow grip in a similar manner.07EFF7CE-D501-4557-A01A-3E00FC3997CC.jpegImage Enlarger

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We all agree that I have no clue about this kind of thing but gotta ask anyway:

What's the point, @Irv,  of using real leather dust (in lieu of a real slice of leather) if you're going to sandwich it between urethane anyway?

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@bocaholly .  Historical precedent.

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A procedural update.  I no longer use saw dust as an oxygen getter.  I now use a single layer of newsprint (no color pictures yet) under the aluminum foil.  

 Have also migrated to the kitchen stove to treat larger pieces of wood.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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