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  1. Merry Christmas

    I see now this has been a carefully orchestrated political propaganda effort, which I believe has no place on Maestronet and has little to do with Christmas or Christ. Perhaps David was a genuine grass-roots actor in this, but my wife informs we recieved a mass mailing advocating the posting of this subject yesterday. I say again such a thing as this is inappropriate in a trusting and diverse community of friends. I am therefore writing to Jeffery to ask him to delete those portions of this topic which he may find contrary to our rules, holidays notwithstanding. Perhaps some one will post some recipes instead.
  2. Merry Christmas

    A highlight of Maestronet Christmas for me are the menus people post. My day started with scones, eggs, bacon and a big mug of tea, followed by a brisk walk with family and dogs. Priceless!
  3. Merry Christmas

    David, put some Irish in that Starbucks and have a Merry Chrish, erm, a Cherry Mist... No, a Merry Christmas!
  4. Merry Christmas

    Very cool present, James.
  5. Merry Christmas

    Use the search function. This is Maestronet, not the Starbucks conspiracy forum.
  6. PEG-ology

    Now that I think of it, an old cape horner told me (I was very young, he was very old) that they made oilskins from a Canton flannel suit coated with linseed oil, turpentine, pine pine tar and black lead. The museum had one just as he described, which I was able to show him. In warm weather it had to be peeled apart. Henry (Heinrich) was from Bremerhaven near Roger's.

    Yours is an "Agony Aunt" Christmas jumper. Unfortinately I'll be "on assignment " But do pet Elvis for me...
  8. PEG-ology

    Pine tar or lamp black from burning blubber would have been the whaler's choice, unless he was a British Greenland whaler. They tryed out at the end of the season so had limited lamp black.
  9. PEG-ology

    Here are two images, the first late 19th c., the second 16th17th and early 19th

    Keeping with the theme, "adult toys" is the phrase you're looking for. I would probably wind up with Argyll socks (mismatched), and the Amazon gift certificate fight would end in a drunken brawl that takes out the Christmas tree. I say "would probably" because I'm avoiding the Accademia bash this year. VdA can report on the number of black eyes recieved this season.
  11. Cedar top repair question

    Thanks, Stephen! I now recall leaving the top I thinned quite a bit thicker than I would a spruce top.
  12. Violin geometry references

  13. Perry Sultana...

    This one is much earlier, but it's still the 6, Anglesea Street address.
  14. Perry Sultana...

    Both of these labels belong to the British & Irish "golden age" of copperplate engraving, as opposed to the Cremonese, which were primarily movable type labels. George Bickham was the acknowledged high priest of the copperplate golden age.
  15. Violin geometry references

    Help, help, I'm being kidnapped! Protect Princess Sophie! No, not the Dan Brown one, I mean the one in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, where... [thud] [Narrator] Tune in next week, when we'll find out what the all-seeing... [thud]