Fog, fog, and more fog. It’s been cool, breezy, and there’s been very little sun for over a week. Time for a change.
Well, there are changes in the shop. Projects are proceeding, little by little,and they do seem to be getting done. I’ve finished all the new pipes for my Chapter House Portative Organ and voiced them so they all have a nice, recorder-like sound. They still need to be tuned yet, and that will take a little time. Next I need to make the keys and all the interior mechanics. That has to be done just right so no air escapes and only goes through the pipes. Then there’s the bellows. I have several pieces of thin leather for the bellows, but I still need to come up with an efficient design. I have some reference material that shows how to build bellows, but they’re more for the larger organs than small portable ones.
My second Memling Hog Nose Psaltery is kind of on the back burner, while I’m working on the organ, but I am finishing up the pierced rosettes that I’ll soon mount behind the soundholes.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Sam Maloof. I was fortunate to have met this very friendly, wonderful man at the Good Wood show, April of 2005, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Sam was a juror for the show and had accepted one of my mandolins to be on display. I took this picture of Sam as he was trying out a chair made from a roll of newspapers and some twigs. (He actually said it was comfortable.)
We will all miss him.
…and onward through the fog.