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Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

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About Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 07/14/1990

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    Morris dancing, playing music and concertina construction
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    Wolverton, Milton Keynes

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  1. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Types Of Wood Used For Rosewood Ended Ec?

    The core appears darker than sycamore - and the grain looks like it could be beech. Stripping the veneer from both sides is an option I'm prepared to consider - but as a last resort (trying to have an easy life ). I've found a source of some rather nice legal Indian rosewood - so I may go with something like that if I have to strip the veneers off both ends. Or maybe some other wood since I'll no longer be restricted to matching the current veneers. wood veneer hub are very good. They aren't so far from me so I went to look around, if you get the chance visit their warehouse I would recommend it, they are prepared to show you around and look at different woods. They have some MIND BLOWING woods to look at! As well as some more normal ones. The thing is their premises aren't like a shop per se - just a huge industrial hangar with loads of pallets of veneer - nice to see their website now sells smaller pieces as well though.
  2. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Anglo Concertina And Cello.

    great videos, great playing. Does look a bit like his bellows are collapsing in the first video!
  3. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Amusing Carpentry Capers

    I have no idea about the exact breed. I did wonder if "vintage wood" was exempt - I know there is a similar thing relating to ivory over a certain age being legal. Though I will read into it. Dana - that is what gave me the idea, my friend chris has a concertina supposedly made from that old cabinet. Some of the pannels I have would be suitable in size and cut for action boards or even reed pans perhaps.
  4. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Amusing Carpentry Capers

    Its a commercially available lacquer simply called "ebonising lacquer" I apply it by spray.
  5. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Amusing Carpentry Capers

    At the risk of going too far off topic I have edited the original post. Here are some of the hand rests which were made from the wood, these will be ebonised. Its quite a nice wood to work with actually, the grain is not too deep.
  6. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Amusing Carpentry Capers

    I think its a more obscure spelling though either is correct apparently, I did look it up, it's a bit of an odd word. Anyway I will post some pictures of the other things made from the buro or bureau.
  7. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Amusing Carpentry Capers

    no buro is a correct english spelling, I think bureau is the original french spelling though, which is a nicer spelling. I did not know a Burro was a donkey until now though, if I had one of those the fun would really begin.
  8. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Amusing Carpentry Capers

    An interesting thing happened to me recently: I went to a local auction house for fun (with no actual intention of buying anything) and ended up buying a hideous mahogany bureau. No one else was bidding on it and it was going for £15 "hey that is solid mahogany!" I thought. Despite the nice mahogany the bureau was so hideous that purchased it and I plundered it for wood. You can see in these image how one drawer front was divided up to make blanks for many anglo concertina hand rests. Though I do not finish my concertinas in mahogany these blanks are going to be used for ebonised hand rests. Reuse and recycle! The concertina pictured has some hand rests made from this drawer. It is a Jeffries which had solid metal hand rests (also pictured). The owner of the instrument found them to be uncomfortable so requested some new ones to be made - a completely reversible procedure which caused the original parts no damage. Less can be said for the bureau. Jake
  9. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Rock´n Roll Concertina Preview

    I have been waiting for years for someone to do music like this. Very nice.
  10. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    French Bagpipe + Concertina

    great tune
  11. I quite agree about the valves. It is surely the most perishable component. I use plastic accordion valves on my accordion reeds, they come in a variety of sizes and work very well. I do want to try them out in a concertina reeded prototype I am working on at the moment, its something I am very curious about.
  12. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Reed Steel, Modern Vs Vintage

    This is all very, very interesting.
  13. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Post Wwii Wheatstone Reed Pans

    Though I doubt that this is the reason they did it: It might be that an instrument using screwed down reeds instead of dovetailed ones would be more durable in a climate with extremes of temperature or humidity.
  14. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    Reed Pan Material

  15. Jake Middleton-Metcalfe

    A Remarkable Young Anglo Player

    This guy has true inspiration for certain.