Hide Glue Delight

For the graduation ceremony potluck today, I fed everyone hide glue:

hide glue delight

My aunt would make this for us when we were kids.

Here is Tschu Ho Lee, our Director Emeritus, enjoying a cube of hide glue delight.

tschu ho lee tries the hide glue

So that marks the end of my second full year at the Chicago School of Violin Making (I’ve got one more year to go).

Here’s the state of the cello:

mj kwan cello progress august 2015

And viola is almost done getting varnished:

mj kwan viola varnish

I’ll be posting from Austin for the next couple weeks. See ya!


Stradivari & his incompetent sons: Croissant

violin scroll = croissant

Pros: good symmetry.

Cons: lacks fluting, sloppy chamfer, drooping eyes/ears, it’s a croissant.

Once, I was really hungry at my CNC job, and I kind of hallucinated that I was taking cookies out of the oven and placing them on a cooling rack. Except the cookies were gears, and the oven was an ID grinder. But the cooling rack actually was a cooling rack.

Chinese food scavenger hunt

Alright, people, count up your points.

My oldest sister just got back from her first trip to China. I threw together a food-related scavenger hunt for her, and she brought it back with check marks (and a few corrections and edits by real Chinese people). There are of course many many many things missing, but it’s all that popped in my head in the hour before she left. Also, my handwriting looks worse than a 4-year-old’s.

sichuan dry pot 麻辣香锅

sichuan dry pot mala xiangguo 麻辣香锅

腐竹 tofu skin
海带 seaweed
山药 yam thing that I’d never had before going to China
莲藕 lotus root
chicken wings

skewers 串

skewers chuan'r 串
starring: squid! roaches! silkworms! saury fish!

various fruits 水果

various fruits shuiguo 水果

榴莲 durian菠萝蜜 jackfruit
火龙果 dragonfruit
百香果 passionfruit
金橘 kumquat
杨梅 some kind of berry

various meats / bbq 烧肉

various meats and bbq shaokao 烤肉

Main blundering error here is where I wrote “barbecue hunger” instead of “barbecue goose.”

松树鳜鱼 squirrel fish
红烧肉 red braised pork
澳门烧肉 macau roast pig
烧鹅 bbq goose (… not hunger)
烧鸭 bbq duck

sticky rice in a leaf 糯米鸡 / 荷叶饭

sticky rice in a leaf nuomi ji 糯米鸡 heye fan荷叶饭

and now for some odd pairings:

pineapple bun 菠萝饱 / thousand year egg 皮蛋

pineapple bun boluo bao 菠萝饱 thousand year egg pidan 皮蛋

pumpkin and lily petals 南瓜百合 / yak yogurt (yunnan) 牦牛酸奶

pumpkin and lily petals nangua baihe 南瓜百合 yak yogurt from yunnan maoniu suannai 牦牛酸奶

Yaks have huge nostrils and eyes.

And of course, on a China-related scavenger hunt, this is obligatory:

squatty potty 厕所

squatty potty cesuo 厕所Apparently, Mabel’s most uttered phrase was “厕所在哪儿?” She got so many points from this!!