Archive for December, 2009

Squirrel Cage Swift

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I did get the squirrel cage swift finished over the weekend. I realized that I hadn’t bought enough maple to make a frame for it, so I put together a frame out of some mahogany (probably it’s lauan, Philippine mahogany) that Matt had originally bought for deck flooring and brought up to Casco for bridges […]

Fish Sticks puzzle

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Late last Thursday afternoon (Dec. 24) we went up to the Ocean State Job Lot store near the Oxford/Norway line because Arlene wanted a handful of cheap putty knives for printmaking (getting ink out of cans). Of course we spent way more than six times 80 cents, but she did get those putty knives. Among […]

Walk around the block

Monday, December 28th, 2009

In Casco, it’s three miles around the block; or, at any rate, three miles around the smallest loop of roads that goes around our house. On Christmas Eve we went for a walk, and took the left fork on George Hannon Road so as to take a slightly longer route, maybe fifty yards or so […]

More camera practice

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I took Matt’s old camera (and really, I’m entitled to call it my new camera now. I paid him for the body, and he and Anne gave me the lens for hanukah) outside yesterday to practice wildlife photography at our bird feeders. It has the big advantage over my little point-and-shoot that you can focus […]

Cigar box guitar progress report

Monday, December 21st, 2009

This is something I started a couple of years ago and have just got back to, a cigar box guitar. It’s not really made from a cigar box, rather from a box made of thin plywood from a lauan hollow-core door, but it’s cigar-box guitar level technology.

Squirrel cage swift progress report

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Back in county fair season (the date on the photo says September 13) we went to the Oxford County fair. I saw a yarn-handling device labelled “squirrel cage swift” — think two hamster exercise wheels with a skein of yarn around the two of them. It takes up lots less space than an umbrella swift […]

Native American style flute

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Last weekend I finally finished a Native American style flute from a kit I got several years ago at the Shoshone-Bannock powwow at Fort Hall, Idaho (down the road a piece from my mom’s house). Here it is — (no snide remarks please) On the way home from Pocatello a year ago we had a […]

Hanukah 5770 (or ’09)

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

We had our kids, their SOs, and their cousin from Southboro and his wife and kids over on Wednesday for a Hanukah party. Nothing remarkable, but a couple of pictures — And here’s our old old hanukiah up in Casco on Friday, the eighth night —

From Matt’s camera

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Matt wants to sell me his old Nikon D70 digital single-lens reflex camera for a wildlife viewing trip in the near future. The big advantages are that it responds much more quickly to the shutter button than the camera I have now (in other words, you take a picture of what you see, not what […]

Not “the think system” but almost

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

In The Music Man, “Professor” Harold Hill pretends that he has a new way of teaching how to play musical instruments, “the think system”. You have to think of what you want to play, and you can play it. Of course the audience knows it’s a scam, and when he finally has to get the […]