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The Bass Book, by Roger Hargrave

Rodger Hargrave is as far as I can tell, not just an expert, he is the expert. He makes violins, really good violins. As far as I can tell, perfect violins. But that is not all. He has a quick wit, amazing skills and serious expertise. All this and he has gracefully shared his […]

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Above is a Binding Groove Cutter or perhaps a Gramil exquisitely crafted and photographed by Christophe Mineau.

Christophe Mineau is a kindred soul and an amazing craftsman who is nine years younger than I am and a hundred years ahead of me in craftsmanship!   His musical instruments are a delight, his tools a […]

Rust Removal

There are a lot of simple ways  to soak off rust.  Here is a comparison of several of these.  All the items used in these tests were totally covered in rust before treating.

On the left one part molasses to six parts water for one week.  On the right citric acid in water for two days.

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A Spherification Rack, A quickly made Fixture from Split Prone Cedar.

Creme De Menthe Caviar on Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Creme


Sometimes you need to do molecular gastronomy, and you need to do it now!

Spherification is a rather nifty process where you react juice with sodium alginate in it and a calcium containing fluid to make little juice filled gelatin balls.

While adding sodium anything to your diet should always be questioned, sodium alginate has been shown to help lower retention and absorption of lead, mercury, and some other bad stuff. Depending on your situation a little bit every now and then might be quite good for you.   The entire reason I am doing this is to reduce the effect of some of my past exposure to lead and mercury.  I have been a technician for a long time and have ample opportunity for exposure.

There are reasons to fear sodium alginate and reasons to want sodium alginate in your diet. Spherification is one way to get a small amount every now and then.

The basic method of spherification is to drop drips of sodium alginate bearing juice into a bath of calcium chloride. To make a lot of them quickly you need to be able to make a lot of drops quickly. One method is to make a spherification rack.

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Rotted Willow Smoke

Mmmmm.   Rotted willow smoke!

It is Thanksgiving, and I am giving thanks.

At one time I planted several hundred willows.

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