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    Posted: 02/06/2016 at 10:32am
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That is an amazing process and a talented woodworker. Thanks for sharing that link. Verry cool.
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you are right jrscatman; playing in Ross' backyard while he is power napping is unfair as we could wake him up.
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These guys are amazing. Although, maybe they should get their own thread. That cutting board is amazing!
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Wow!  I sure wish I had the tools that guy has!

Of course there are many that wish they had the tools I have.

I never did any CNC work in wood.  Did a lot in metal and delrin 

I watched a bunch of those vids.  Impressive
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the woodworking skills in this video reminded me of Ross and his checkerboard handle above:


that channel has a lot of good stuff: https://www.youtube.com/user/mtmwood/videos


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Originally posted by Toprank Toprank wrote:

Originally posted by Tuly007 Tuly007 wrote:

Nice job,
Toprank, do u remember how the handle halves looked inside, was the there any kind of hollowness inside????
I bought 2 new ones((viscarias)) a year ago, although I asked for heavier ones I was sent 81-82 grams
I did played one but is sounded so hollow that I even drilled (( 3 holes, filled them back w glue)) to ceck for hollow space inside..
Did u make picture of the disassembled handle????

If I remember correctly it wasn't hollow. When I took the handle off, some of the wood of the blade peeled off and I could see arylate from the blade.


Yes, that's correct, the original handle grips were solid.  I think the pair weighed around 22g combined.
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Originally posted by Tuly007 Tuly007 wrote:

Nice job,
Toprank, do u remember how the handle halves looked inside, was the there any kind of hollowness inside????
I bought 2 new ones((viscarias)) a year ago, although I asked for heavier ones I was sent 81-82 grams
I did played one but is sounded so hollow that I even drilled (( 3 holes, filled them back w glue)) to ceck for hollow space inside..
Did u make picture of the disassembled handle????

If I remember correctly it wasn't hollow. When I took the handle off, some of the wood of the blade peeled off and I could see arylate from the blade.
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Nice job,
Toprank, do u remember how the handle halves looked inside, was the there any kind of hollowness inside????
I bought 2 new ones((viscarias)) a year ago, although I asked for heavier ones I was sent 81-82 grams
I did played one but is sounded so hollow that I even drilled (( 3 holes, filled them back w glue)) to ceck for hollow space inside..
Did u make picture of the disassembled handle????

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Your viseidy is beautiful
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Key to dismaning handles is ultra sharp chisles.  Many times sharper then what you buy at a store.  But not that hard if you have the sharpest tool (g) 
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Little back story before you see your pics. I've always wanted a straight handled Viscaria and we all know the difficulty of acquiring one and the insane prices. So I came up with idea to send a Viscaria to Ross and let him make a straight handle (way better than any Butterfly handle). Ross wasn't the biggest fan initially of the idea, but as long as I was the one dismantling the handle he would do it. My dismantle wasn't the greatest, but I got it done.  Not a fun process, while I was doing it, I was thinking no wonder why Ross doesn't want to do this.

Long story short, I introduce the "Rosscaria"






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Oh my goodness!

Ross, this is a truly amazing piece of work. This simply exudes class. I am now seriously rethinking what my next handle design might be - obviously you need greater challenges.

Again, this is just beautiful.
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I can not imagine The time you take doing your glueups for most of your handles.  fantastic job!
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Fantastic!
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Last blade of the year

I guess I could call this a Christmas present to myself.  A repeat client from Germany asked if it was possible to incorporate the diamonds of the Bavarian flag into the handle of his next blade.  I used this blade as the test-bed for figuring out the building technique.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.
















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Originally posted by cgswss cgswss wrote:

What would be the difference in using bamboo over say maple?


I find that bamboo has less of a rebound than maple.
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What would be the difference in using bamboo over say maple?

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One might ask a combo blade and get a miracle; let's get hopeful and rid of stiffness; after all, 'tis the season to be jelly as would Zappa put it. The 1st song in this album is named "king kong"; find another version where Jean-Luc Ponty excels. It's always new; ok here it is. 
Ross Leidy always reminds me of Zappa: high respect of the rules; total freedom building stuff over them; a personal version of America that inspires me. 


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no details on combination blades
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You can find a thread about a couple here.
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where can I read about the details of such blades?
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Originally posted by osmar92 osmar92 wrote:

Ross,

DO YOU MAKE any combination blades ?

Yes - in fact one of my current projects is a combination blade.
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Ross,

DO YOU MAKE any combination blades ?
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Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Ross, perhaps we need to find a project for 2016?

I can always count on you for a challenge!

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Originally posted by aeoliah aeoliah wrote:

Billie Weaver ? I have never read it before. Did Ross make it ? what is the composition ? Thanks.
Sorry - King Billy Pine plus weave in the handle. But thanks for giving me an excuse to post again:




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Billie Weaver ? I have never read it before. Did Ross make it ? what is the composition ? Thanks.
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

I keep browsing from the 1st page all the pearls we've been offered over the years and it's a sort of table tennis garden, animated, very much alive, ultimately challenging. I want one so bad again.
A strange thing has been happening over the last couple of months: people keep stopping me and asking me about Billie Weaver, who I've had for some time now.  After they've finished oohing and aahing over how beautiful she is, I offer them a hit.  More and more they're coming back raving about how well she plays.  I thought I was going to lose her to one of our better juniors who seemed to be eyeing off the exit before he gave her back.

For a five ply, she plays so solidly, definitely in the Off - Off+ range.  A friend tried her today and was consistently hitting everything long and he normally uses a carbon blade.

It seems that Ross Leidy creations just get better with age.

Ross, perhaps we need to find a project for 2016?
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I keep browsing from the 1st page all the pearls we've been offered over the years and it's a sort of table tennis garden, animated, very much alive, ultimately challenging. I want one so bad again.

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Not me Big smile. I have already 4 or 5 RL blades, but for Christmas it should be a good looking blade, and due to the fact that I played J-pen, all blades look the same Cry


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Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Wild guess: 9 plies all AWC?
 
the design is so ultimately classy in its simplicity. Very sober!!!
ClapClapClapClapClap  True class!

But some of us need more details, please.  Weight?  Thickness?  Handle?  How do you expect it to play?  When are you going to give it a test run?

Details, fatt, details... please???
did you really think I would try to guess the composition of my blade? sounds like your level of awareness is going yo-yo on us; I suppose you drunk too much roundrobin lately. LOLLOLLOLLOLLOL

btw how many people will order a RL blade for xmas?


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