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Elon Howe, in Newaygo, Michigan, has Black willow for sale-- I have bought it from him, and it works fine, but my favorite is some species of weeping willow (I think) that I found around here.

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ok you got me adam, using cricket bats for violin wood is kind of like getting water to drink from the radiator in the desert, you only do it if you have to.

My 5 yr old son loves watching man v wild, the star " Bear Gryles " is stuck in the desert , wees into a freshly caught snake skin and then drinks it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Alex Ross from A. Cavallo Violins in Omaha had some willow stock at the last VSA meeting that he said was Italian. I tried to get some from him last winter and he was out, but expecting more. You could contact him to see if he has any currently available. LINK

The dark brown 'river bank willow' indigenous to the U.S. is quite a different sort of wood from European willow. I use it for linings but not for blocks. Because of its growth habit (leaning and branching extensively) it's all reaction wood and so I don't trust it for top blocks in particular. Better would be wood from the (usually short) vertical trunk of a weeping willow, which I think is a hybrid with the European variety. There are lots of these planted as ornamentals in this country-if you luck onto someone cutting one down you could be set for good block wood for a long time.

Doug

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NASA! Bunch of wusses! Now, Morarji Desai, late former PM of India -- THERE was a man who was a whiz with urine. Drank it straight up (if not straight from the source). The only Indian yellow not yet outlawed...

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It's ironic that this photo got posted HERE at this time right after I finished with a rant elsewhere about how wasteful and foolish the MANNED space program is.

Here we have relatively inexpensive robotic probes on the way to Jupiter, orbiting Mercury and even the asteroid Vesta. In addition, there are so many other great, remotely controlled instruments functioning so well and collecting incredible data to expand our thoughts and dreams. But we still piss money away with astronauts.

Mike

Astronomer

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Here we have relatively inexpensive robotic probes on the way to Jupiter, orbiting Mercury and even the asteroid Vesta. In addition, there are so many other great, remotely controlled instruments functioning so well and collecting incredible data to expand our thoughts and dreams. But we still piss money away with astronauts.

Mike,

Are you suggesting robots can easily replace the work of Astronauts [hitting golfballs; carving faces on Mars, etc.]? :lol:

Jim

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It's ironic that this photo got posted HERE at this time right after I finished with a rant elsewhere about how wasteful and foolish the MANNED space program is.

Here we have relatively inexpensive robotic probes on the way to Jupiter, orbiting Mercury and even the asteroid Vesta. In addition, there are so many other great, remotely controlled instruments functioning so well and collecting incredible data to expand our thoughts and dreams. But we still piss money away with astronauts.

Mike

Astronomer

Mike, that's the thinking of a rational person who is interested in science and efficiency. There's a whole other aspect: getting the funding. To the general public, science is boring and astronauts are marginally more interesting. To the politicians representing the public, they need to have something interesting to their constituents to justify spending money on space. Therefore, astronauts perform the valuable service of entertaining and distracting the public so we can get funding for the boring science. One rung down from astronauts is neat photos from robotic missions. Gotta have that, even if there's not a shred of actual scientific knowledge derived from the picture (but often, there is).

Don

Ex-builder of robotic probes

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Bought a truckload of rough-sawn black willow boards from a Michigan mill many years ago, and that's mostly what I've used for the last 25 years. Seems to be working OK.

Made more than a few with "weeping willow" too. That also seemed to work out OK.

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I kept a watch on eBay for Black Willow boards and pounced on some that should last me a lifetime.

I may be crazy for liking its odor which reminds me of leather. I also love how it carves.

Stay Tuned.

Mike

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Mike,

Are you suggesting robots can easily replace the work of Astronauts [hitting golfballs; carving faces on Mars, etc.]? :lol:

Jim

With all the surface holes visible in that picture, it would be pretty hard not to be a good golfer on Mars.

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