For the graduation ceremony potluck today, I fed everyone hide glue:
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.
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:
And viola is almost done getting varnished:
I’ll be posting from Austin for the next couple weeks. See ya!
I started a little club at school. The regime is going well. I might go so far as to say it’s doubleplusgood. Here is our manifesto, also known as the Bill of Rice:
For this first Harvest Cycle, we are 11 strong. $2.10 for a couple months’ access to fresh rice every day – why WOULDN’T you join??
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.
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
腐竹 tofu skin
山药 yam thing that I’d never had before going to China
莲藕 lotus root
starring: squid! roaches! silkworms! saury fish!
various fruits 水果
榴莲 durian菠萝蜜 jackfruit
杨梅 some kind of berry
various meats / bbq 烧肉
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
and now for some odd pairings:
pineapple bun 菠萝饱 / thousand year egg 皮蛋
pumpkin and lily petals 南瓜百合 / yak yogurt (yunnan) 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
Apparently, Mabel’s most uttered phrase was “厕所在哪儿？” She got so many points from this!!