The wood that you sent is still aging in the open wire racks I have in the
garage. I have treated or debarked a couple of them. Very hard wood.
I pretty much have fulfilled all of my photo duties for cook-offs as today.
But will still have to correct, collate and burn to disk quite a bit of
information to send to people. Last Terlingua required 3 DVD disks worth
of coverage. I had no idea I had taken so many photos and videos.
Ladies State was today
and I only stayed over Friday night and came back
home this evening. About a 4 hour drive from the West to here.
Now, I need to clean up all my camping gear and store it away
the real work of getting things done around the house.
Garden to work and split that time with getting the shop cleaned up.
Seems like I have had so much procrastination and no progress. Real
problem was I just did not feel well enough to get any physical labor done.
For some reason, Maybe getting past my Ides of March Madness each year, I
am getting more energetic towards projects. Hope so anyway
I am sure
everyone is getting tired of me saying I am going to get back to flute
making.. Got to just start and get it done.
Mike has had so many distractions personal, family, and all sorts of
things, that he confessed to me he has not made a flute in a year. His shop
is in the same disaster shape as mine.
A lot of his was due to turmoil in the family with the family matters. Then
a couple of months ago he had an accident with the car. Some woman
hesitated merging traffic on a turn into the feeder road and he tail crashed
her, totally ruining his car. Had to get a new one. Poop seems to happen in
Then with all the gun and Obama stuff, we spent a great deal of time getting
our CHL and finding stuff needed to home store. Ammo is still almost
impossible to obtain anywhere.
I have been building up electronics in the computer room to use on the TV
video, and trying to learn and produce some back ground tracks to play
over. I am not at all fond of just using someone elses backtracks.
One of my cookoff friends has a business of repaing guitars. So I asked him
to save me several broken or rewired guitar strings of different sizes.
They were passed on to me while at the cookoff today. I plan to make some
of those tubes with the single wire at the bottom that makes the thunder
sound. Then I hope to make some mini harps and put pickups on them. When I
run the audio through a bunch of components I have, you can make up sounds
that are extremely interesting. With some effort, you can form the sounds
into strange back tracks with effects and looper. Fun too lately is finding
all sorts of flat metal thin to wide and making the thumb pianos with them.
That too will give you sounds almost as haunting as a halo drum.
So, eventually I have to build a complete working unit and then teach myself
how to get some melody out of it.
.I went to Garden Ridge to look for a pot to make an udu out of
. They had most pots only with wide top openings. But some of the better
ceramic vases or jugs had a nice top. So, I went through several shelves
testing each possible jug thumping my palm on the top to see what sort of
sound I could get. Finally found on the 21 buck range. It is more flat on
both sides and wide and long. This will allow me to carefully drill a set
of holes in one side and grind out a hole about 1 ½ in across maybe
slightly larger. This will provide the true udu sound when hit. The
ceramic surface will allow for the sharp hitting notes. Well, I hope so
.Cost more than I wanted to gamble, but a real udu starts at 75
bucks The really good ones run 300 and way up. The sound is very haunting
as it provides a really strange bass note that you keep percussion rhythm
with. The high speed diamond bits will cut the ceramic with precision and
prevent cracking. Will have to use the fine diamond drums to smooth the
Hope you are feeling better and some progress is being made getting some
back log of work and flute stuff out of the way.
Been a long day
If I dont watch it, will fall asleep in the
computer chair. Cat is in the lap
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