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    Posted: 12/10/2014 at 1:37am
It's agony waiting, but one of the positives of Ross having an extensive waiting list is that it gives me time to think and plan.  By the time Ross was ready for me, I already had a number of designs.  I shortlisted four quite different ideas and then Ross and I discussed which one we wanted to undertake.

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One of the other possibilities:

 


Once we had settled on the general design, we refined it in various ways.  One significant part was trying to determine which timber would be used.  The shape (shown here as Barna-knife - Barna for the blade shape and knife for the handle) had already been worked on for Lily, so it was refinement rather than starting from scratch.

Here is the final Powerpoint slide I sent to Ross.  Compare it with the final product and you'll see how Ross turns dreams into reality, and then some. 


The finished product:


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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Say hello to my latest Ross Leidy blade:

 
Tassie - I must say, I am quite pleased with how your blade turned out.  Kudos to you for the handle shape and design, which is spectacular.   Best of luck as you get acquainted with the "Billie". 
Ross,
How was the handle described to you. Did he send you a sketch or photoshopped image?
I am trying to understand how someone would describe it to you.
Thanks in advance
 
Tassie is a master at using MS PowerPoint and was able to provide mockup images of just what he wanted to achieve.   
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Say hello to my latest Ross Leidy blade:

 
Tassie - I must say, I am quite pleased with how your blade turned out.  Kudos to you for the handle shape and design, which is spectacular.   Best of luck as you get acquainted with the "Billie". 
Ross,
How was the handle described to you. Did he send you a sketch or photoshopped image?
I am trying to understand how someone would describe it to you.
Thanks in advance

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Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Say hello to my latest Ross Leidy blade:

 
Tassie - I must say, I am quite pleased with how your blade turned out.  Kudos to you for the handle shape and design, which is spectacular.   Best of luck as you get acquainted with the "Billie". 
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How about Billy Goat (Greatest of all todate)!
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Hands up all those who would like an update and some more photos!  I thought so.  Smile

Today we (my new blade and I) went for a training session.  An hour and a quarter of footwork drills later, I have some initial impressions.

1.  This blade is beautiful!



2. Speed - this is the fastest blade I've had from Ross.  The three Sotto Voces I have are all quite different and none of them uses one of the more common surface plies (I suspect that my blades with Huon Pine and Willow are unique, and there probably aren't too many with Redwood either), so it's probably not fair to suggest that this blade is faster than all sotto voces, but it is still my fastest.  Its sound is higher pitched both with JRSDallas's patented head boinking test and when bouncing the ball on the blade.  Loaded with rubber, it's still the highest pitched of my blades.

How fast?  I'm too much of a rank amateur to give a definitive answer, but clearly in the OFF range somewhere.

Because today was training only, I can't say how this is going to translate into game play.  Later in the week I should have some idea.

3.  Ball trajectory - low! (I use an exclamation mark because I wasn't expecting this.)  This was quite apparent from the outset - lots of balls clipping the top of the net.  The harder the ball came at me the flatter it went back.  Once I adjusted, all was well.

Given that today's session was spent at the table, I have to wait to find out what this means for playing away from the table.  Given the speed of the blade, I suspect that ball trajectory is simply going to mean adjusting to hitting longer.  Time will tell.

4.  Feel - crisp!  (Another exclamation mark.)  King Billy Pine is relatively light and rated as soft (40 pcf and Janka 430 - harder than Western Red Cedar, softer than Mahogany and Alaska Cedar).  The outer layers are 1mm thick, but the combination with 3.8mm Kiri and two layers of Douglas Fir provides good stiffness.  How is this going to play in the short game?  I don't know.  Again, time will give some answers.





5.  The independent umpire - "This is a really good blade."  Words from Eddie Kasser, ex-Australian player.  I'm fortunate to have Eddie for a coach.  I haven't quite worked out why he spends his time with me when I'm such a slow learner.  I'm starting to think it might be because he likes to play with my Ross Leidy blades!

He commented that the blade is "plenty fast enough" and marvelled over the quality of the craftsmanship.  He asked me a number of times, "Where did he learn to make blades like this?"  He also commented that this is nothing like anything that comes out of the Butterfly factory.  LOL

I made Eddie give me back my King Billy special.  LOL

I'm still working on a name for this one.  Billie (female form of Billy, as in King Billy)?  Billie Weaver (given the magnificent job of weaving Ross has done in the handle)?

Other suggestions will be considered.




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oh my gosh this is probably the best looking blade I have ever seen in my life.
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Beautiful blade and especially like the look and shape of the handle.
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I suggest a special category of TT competition - hardwood TT championships. These blades are just to pretty to be hidden by rubber (or grip wrap fatt Angry ) - play using just the wood. 
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It just doesn't get any better than that but leave it to Ross he will continue to amaze us.
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Say hello to my latest Ross Leidy blade:



Blade composition:
Core - Kiri 3.8mm
Medial - Douglas Fir 2x .6mm
Outer - King Billy Pine 2x 1mm

Total - 7mm



Handle:
(Ross calls this shape the "knife handle".  This one is a refinement of the handle on Tiger Lily - slightly longer and wider.)

Coolabah burl
Weave - Huon Pine (lighter stripes) and Beefwood (darker)

For those who like edge shots:



The parcel only arrived this afternoon, so I haven't had a chance to do much more than gaze at her.  Tomorrow I should have a chance for a first hit.  (Gee, I hate putting rubber on this one!!!)




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This is my Ross blade (Composition): LOL

1. LIMBA (0.6)
2. WHITE ASH (0.6)
3. LIMBA (0.6)
4. KIRI (4.0 - CORE WITH HIGHER DENSITY)
5. BALSA (2.6 - BALSA SPECIAL)
6. CORK (2.4) 
7. SAPELE (0.4)

Thickness: 11.2 mm
The blade weighs 95.5g
Handle: Black Palm, Yellowheart, and Padauk.
Blade Shape: Compact-3














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That's gorgeous redarc! 
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redarc the bamboo side looks like a foundation and the other like a dream; the bh setting up the fh maybe? or the other way around? Wink
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I would never have the heart to glue rubbers on this baby!!
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That's a fantastic handle
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This is my Ross blade   Smile







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A nice thing to know it is possible and documented to get an off- sub 60g RL blade. If my younger daughter plays more I will think about it.
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I think the blade is about 8.5mm thick - .5mm Sapele, .6mm WRC, 6.4mm light Balsa, .4mm 3 ply birch, .6mm WRC. The secret to the light weight is being very strategic with the denser wood. Also that Balsa only contributes about 13 grams to the weight. The birch is roughly the same weight as the sapele or the 2 WRC plies together.
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great blade, wow, sub 60g should be very hard to make.  Only Ross is able to pull this one off!  Great job!
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Originally posted by JEAus JEAus wrote:

The blade weighs 58.4g
Composition is Ribbon stripe Sapele, Western Red Cedar, Balsa, .4mm 3 ply birch, Western Red Cedar.
The handle has camphor burl outers with a masur birch stripe.
Feel wise, it is stiff and the WRC side is softer and higher throw as would be expected. Speed Off- or so.
58.4g!  How do you manage to get the weight down there?  What is the overall thickness of the blade?

It looks absolutely beautiful, btw.  Well done!  Another great Aussie and Ross production.
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I too have recently purchased a blade from Ross (my third).
As always Ross was great to deal with and had plenty of helpful suggestions.
The blade weighs 58.4g
Composition is Ribbon stripe Sapele, Western Red Cedar, Balsa, .4mm 3 ply birch, Western Red Cedar.
The handle has camphor burl outers with a masur birch stripe.
Feel wise, it is stiff and the WRC side is softer and higher throw as would be expected. Speed Off- or so.


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Originally posted by Redarc Redarc wrote:

Nice blade!

Thanks!  I haven't played with the 5 ply ST handle yet.  I can say the 7 ply is a very nice formula however.  It has good speed, good control, good sweet spot and is fun to play with in all aspects of the game.  I felt right at home with it despite spending most of the last couple of months using the TB ALC and Nittaku Basaltec Outer - both fairly fast composite blades.  

I wouldn't recommend using the curly ash if you plan to use the blade for playing, as there is some variation in the surface due the grain.  I built up several layers of glue to help even things out, carefully using a firm sponge to thin it on the high spots and fill the low spots and you can't see much variation after gluing but it adds work for something you can't see 99% of the time.
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Nice blade!


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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

Must resist throwing money at Ross....




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