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  1. Actually it was W.E Hill & Sons. OK, I'll up the ante. A gourmet hamburger with whatever you want included, up to $30 value ($50 if you live in New York of course). My father-in-law was a joiner in the dockyards in Malta in the 1940s and 50s where there was a large Royal Navy base. The now Duke of Edinburgh was stationed there for a while and he insisted that screw heads be aligned on the ships. Ever since I was told this story about the Duke, plus a couple not suitable for a family forum, I have to align my screws (sorry, that doesn't sound right). Keep well, Tim
  2. When did this kind of thinking about violins emerge? I cannot imagine the inns of Cremona being full of this kind of talk at the end of a hard week at the bench. Is it Victorian romance that has turned out to be good for sales? Stay well, Tim
  3. Isn't it usual for a toothed blade to be high, rather than low, angle. Eg this veneering plane: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZAFQEEnaZVYAkihy7 Stay well, Tim Ps - years ago I bought the old Stanley knuckle joint, low angle adjustable mouth block plane that's in teh background of the photo. It's about the most used tool I have. Cost $12.
  4. Terrific Mary, I hope it all goes well. Tim PS - cats have a thing for stringed instruments https://photos.app.goo.gl/SzPL2EZSrZ3XWicNA
  5. In addition to a considerable about of home, boat and car maintenance and repair, including things you probably wouldn't bother doing (in my case, re grouting the floor tiles in the kitchen, dining and entrance way. My back may never be the same.) I've decided to learn bow re-hairing. I have John Stagg's great book and I have found Giles Nehr's YouTube videos to be good. You will be amazed to read that I don't think you can treat everything on Youtube as useful information! Any suggestions for other good info sources for bow re-hairing? Stay safe. Tim
  6. What rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne? Never. (Reminds me of about 20 years ago there was a proposal to build the highest building in the world in Melbourne. We here assumed Melbourne was just trying to see Sydney :-) ) I didn't imply there were no Oz makers, sorry if you took it that way. I'm reasonably aware of contemporary and historical local makers (and in an amateur way am one of them). As I say, stay well and enjoy the cello. Tim
  7. Um, err .. with respect, I don't think so. Stay well. Tim
  8. I feel relatively safe here to admit to being a bit of a plane freak. I should use part of my iso time to sort them and part with the many I really don't need. What I won't part with are my Turner planes - an Oz company that was subsumed by the Stanley behemoth. Eventually this ended up with pretty much no hand tools being made here at a commercial scale, like most of our manufacturing it went offshore (Gee, that went well didn't it?). Some of the early ones have Swedish blades by E A Berg. I particularly look for them, in fact any edged tool by Berg. This site is interesting for those with an interest in hand tools and the time to read: http://thevillagewoodworker.blogspot.com/2012/11/turner-hand-planes-small-review.html Keep well, Tim
  9. I'm not aware of any recent attacks being reported. Much of its habitat of the dense forests in the Great Dividing Range have been destroyed by fire. However, they devious bastards and have probably grouped up in pockets of unburnt forest to take advantage of the recent heavy rain by breeding ready to repopulate. The great worry is that they will, like foxes, adapt to the urban environment. We will then not only have to worry about kangaroos on the road when we drive in the cities, but wear helmets to protect us from another attack from the air. In spring the native Magpie is a constant threat: It's always exciting in Australia. We live thirteen minutes drive from the Sydney Opera House and there are four or five species in the nature reserve behind our house that can kill you. At least you can usually see the these these threats... Stay well, Tim Tim
  10. I've always liked good sound, but not to the audiophile level. I just looked at the price of Harbeth speakers in Oz, they range from $3,700 to $28,000. Quality is never cheap, but is the pricing similar in the US (remember our dollar only buys about 61 UC cents)? Regards, Tim
  11. If I were doing something similar in Oz I'd use a native untreated hardwood, like they use for jetties and wharves in Sydney Harbour. Eventually the water and marine life gets to them, but it takes decades. An historical image for interest below. Keep well. Tim
  12. I hadn't seen that, priceless :-) (It is so sad that the koala population has been decimated - if only that were literally true - by the bush fires)
  13. Best wishes to all, stay safe and healthy. I won't attempt to summarise the situation in Australia, it is too complex and changes before your eyes. We are taking the same steps as much of the world, but not soon enough according to some. I'm not sure how much foreign news the US gets (the stereotype is that the US media is insular and generally uninformed about the rest of the world - profuse apologies for any offence, and I know that this does not apply to M'net members) but from what we see there are countries I would not want to be in and some that I would. On the media question did people see that Bondi Beach has been closed? No great loss, dreadful beach - there are much better ones. It was a sunny weekend so thousands thought a surf was a good idea. Does make you wonder about some people, but the young often think they are bullet proof. Also, and you might not have heard this momentous news - Tasmania is shut off from the world - or as they would say - the world is shut off from Tasmania :-) This is actually a very good idea and is one advantage of being a small island at the end of the world. As I say, stay safe and well. Tim
  14. Very amusing - but how do you use tissue in the bath? If we stop laughing we're done for! There's a particularly black streak through Australian humour, this Stan Cross cartoon is famous: but I think my favorite comes from WW1. An English officer is talking to a Digger (slang for Aussie soldiers, who are still the exemplar for Laconic) in the front line trenches in France : Officer: My man, did you come here to die? Digger: (in broad Oz accent) No mate, I came here yesterdie. Keep smiling (there's bugger all else we can do), Tim