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Mat Roop
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:43 pm    Post subject: wood worm Reply with quote

A violin of sentimental value has arrived in my shop.... most of the fix is easy, but the wood worm?
A lot of evidence is in the saddle area, some in on the edge of the bout and some in the bridge area.
Is there a good fumigation method that works?
In doing some preliminary research I find that 145 Deg F will kill it... probably risky to put the violin in an oven that hot... but maybe not?
Some comment that freezing works... not sure I like that idea due to possible splits developing
Another solution is to remove the Oxygen from the bugs.... don't know whether that will kill eggs or not. But this seems like a possible solution as Walmart sells Oxygen absorbers ..
https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/oxygen-absorbers-pack-of-100/6000189653084
Does anyone have any suggestions.... BTW this violin is an old "lions head" violin with a stainer style body. Has minimal market value but the owner would like it set for play in honor of his grandfather.... so trying to keep the cost down.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!... Mat
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Dave Chandler
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you thought about smoking them out? I can't think of any drawback but smell for a while, and got to watch the heat.
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Mat Roop
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave here are 2 good articles I found... my real concern was to be sure to kill any eggs that might still be there.
http://www.fomrhi.org/vanilla/fomrhi/uploads/bulletins/Fomrhi-130/Comm%202024.pdf
http://www.giordanoviolins.com/en/war-worms-0
I am going to try the oxygen deprivation method with the 2000cc oxygen absorbers and mylar sealing bags from here...
https://72hours.ca/collections/oxygen-absorbers.
The goods came in today and I sealed the bags with a regular iron on low... worked real good... now to wait for a month!
Cheers... Mat
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