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    Posted: 04/09/2016 at 8:52am
Sorry Tassie ;)

I think around Christmas when Ross said he is working on the diamonds for himself as a test project for the bavarian diamonds I remembered that the 3D effect is also made of diamonds, and sent him the image from a "flooring company" who had the dimensions for the diamonds.

And he said he will think about it

When we finished the talking about the bavarian handle, I asked if he feels also ready for the 3D cubes... otherwise I would have taken a seconds 2-diamond handle - like the one Ross made for himself - all bright and dark wood - because it looks so traditional, as they did here in bavaria for old furniture.

But he said he can give it a try ... but I think it was quiet hard work, because the diamonds here had to be smaller for the effect and had to fit perfectly into each other.

Again, thanks to Ross for not only thinking about my ideas - but for make them for real, and in such quality and beauty


I don't know where Ross will take us next... but I already think about new design - and hope that he doesn't tell me that I'm totally insane ;)

 

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Look at the 3 dimensions (I mean just right now)...Ross was joking and now he is taking us all on for the challenge.
How many dimensions will he take us on next time?
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Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!  I wanted to do this!  I've been playing with the cube idea for some time but was holding back until Ross seemed ready to tackle it.  It does look insanely good.  Congratulations to you and Ross for an extraordinarily beautiful piece of work.

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And here the second one.

As I always want to try faster blades - I reallized that I normally play better with a slower blade, with a defensive chopping style - and only loop-kill when there is a real chance.... as I don't like a fast rally, as I'm to slow or my technique is too bad Cry

So for the second blade I wanted to try a slower balsa setup - we came out with Limba - Ayous - Balsa - Ayous - Limba

For Tassie - here we used the edge strip - as Ross told my that the Balsa really needs it


For the handle ... Always trying to challenge Ross a bit more Evil Smile - So lets make an Escher 3D cube handle

If he can make two different diamonds... then he maybe can also make three differnet diamonds.
Complicated here - with two diamonds the angle - i think - is more or less not so important.

But with the 3D cubes you need 120° and 60° that they fit into each other, and even smaller diamonds for the 3D impression.

And I must say - it worked much much better than I thought possible - the choice of wood was just perfect, and I think the 3D impression really works   Clap

Again, thanks to Ross for both my blades, and I'm really looking forward to test both of the beauties

And here is the result:





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Originally posted by AndySmith AndySmith wrote:

Originally posted by Hell-es Hell-es wrote:


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The handles are absolutely wonderful, but I wonder if you would compare these two blades (when you get the second one)?  And do you still have the first one with the kiri core?

Hi Andy - yeah - I will definitely compare the limba - ayous - kiri - ayous - yellow cear  combi blade to limba - ayous - ayous - ayous - western red cedar

Because I wanted to see the difference in feel, speed and control from kiri to ayous

I think my my favorite would have been the kiri setup with thin layers of carbon - but I think Ross isn't really enthusiastic about using carbon.

I asked about maybe trying thin layers of IPE - but he said that would be way to heavy.

So we decided to use Ayous - which is a bit heavier - but decrease the core thickness.

So it's a try and we look how it works.

The great thing is again - even if it doesn't work ... it's art :D

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Originally posted by wintermute wintermute wrote:

I must stop looking at this thread!! Absolutely amazing craftsmanship!!   I think the Mondrian is my favourite from the examples I've seen so far, but they are all stunning!

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there is no doubt in my mind that blade is the absolute best to underline RL's conjunction between blades that work and art. it is worth a limited edition t-shirt featuring a bunch of Mondrian handles and the caption: "RossLeidy.com: dress your game to the next step".
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Originally posted by Hell-es Hell-es wrote:


For the composition - one of my last blades was the combi blade - Limba - Ayous - Kiri - Ayous - Yellow Cedar

I felt a bit too much vibration with the kiri - only on some days... maye also a user-problem... - and so we chose Ayous as core - to have a bit more solid core. 

Ross said he also could increase the thickness of the Kiri - but I was afraid that the blade is too fast then.

For the Forehandside we switched to Western Red Cedar - to get an softer even better spin feeling

So now it is Limba - Ayous - Ayous - Ayous - Western Red Cedar - And I hope for the perfect alround blade


The handles are absolutely wonderful, but I wonder if you would compare these two blades (when you get the second one)?  And do you still have the first one with the kiri core?
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I must stop looking at this thread!! Absolutely amazing craftsmanship!!   I think the Mondrian is my favourite from the examples I've seen so far, but they are all stunning!

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That really is a lovely piece of work.  Great design and lovely execution.  

I note that, like most other people, you don't get Ross to include an edge strip.  After the dings I've given my last blade, I think I'll go back to using the strip.  I hate it when such a beautiful thing gets damaged.
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Yeah - Ross has finally finish the work with my 2 beauties -  and so I wanted to share the first one of them with you today.


I had the first idea of "Bavarian Diamonds" when I ordered my first 2 blades last year - but Ross told me that it won't be possible to make them.

So I got 2 other cool designs (one of the already bavarian colored as you see in my Avatar) - but the idea was still alive.

And some months ago I again asked Ross if it maybe will be possible one day, in a distant distant future Wink Just to have asked - not that he tells me "I could have done it - but you never asked"


But the future came much earlier then - maybe around christmas Ross sent me a message that he thinks he can do it, and was working on a prototype already - he posted it some month ago.


From there we just had to select a good wood for the blue color of the bavarian flag.
It was a bit sad to waste much dyed wood in the process - but sacrifes have to be made Big smile


For the composition - one of my last blades was the combi blade - Limba - Ayous - Kiri - Ayous - Yellow Cedar

I felt a bit too much vibration with the kiri - only on some days... maye also a user-problem... - and so we chose Ayous as core - to have a bit more solid core. 


Ross said he also could increase the thickness of the Kiri - but I was afraid that the blade is too fast then.

For the Forehandside we switched to Western Red Cedar - to get an softer even better spin feeling

So now it is Limba - Ayous - Ayous - Ayous - Western Red Cedar - And I hope for the perfect alround blade

Enough words - here the final result

Thanks Ross for taking care of customer wishes ;)










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Originally posted by Hell-es Hell-es wrote:

Oh my god - this is a really funny blade Ross.  Clap


And this opens some new possibilities ... but don't want to frighten you beforehand Wink


Can't wait until my 2 beauties are finally completed.... just to pick up the third dimension




I appreciate the consideration for my delicate constitution.  :)
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Oh my god - this is a really funny blade Ross.  Clap


And this opens some new possibilities ... but don't want to frighten you beforehand Wink


Can't wait until my 2 beauties are finally completed.... just to pick up the third dimension





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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

The contrast between the yellow and black matches so well the outer ply.
Radioactive? Yes. I thought first about the knights of the ⛪ temple for some reason, engaging through the blade an instant spiritual connection with the universe and the laws oh physics.


I feel very 2-dimensional in fatt's 3-dimensional universe.  I just thought the radiation symbol looked cool.  :)
with a 6 month wait how about considering time as a dimension that counts too?
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I wish Ross can make some design on the cork block of the J-pen. Everytime he delivers a blade to me, the cork is always plain Cry
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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

If I may ask about the procedure - do we supply the design suggestions when we go on the waiting list or is that done when you're ready to start building the blade? 
You can email me with general questions/ideas ahead of time, but I'm pretty insistent about leaving the fine details until I'm ready to start the project.  I've been bitten a few times by working out project details too far ahead of time only to find that needs/wants had changed by build-time, and all the early effort is wasted.  Now, while trying not to be too much of a jerk about it, I do resist discussing details until just prior to the start of the project.
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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

How long is this waiting list? Just to see how long I will have to save up for one these blades!
Currently, it's 6+ months.  
If I may ask about the procedure - do we supply the design suggestions when we go on the waiting list or is that done when you're ready to start building the blade? 
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Originally posted by jrscatman jrscatman wrote:

How long is this waiting list? Just to see how long I will have to save up for one these blades!

Currently, it's 6+ months.  
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Originally posted by Fulanodetal Fulanodetal wrote:

These are truly a work of art. The love and dedication are quite evident.

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Originally posted by Ross Leidy Ross Leidy wrote:

Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Oh, Ross, you have no idea how hard you're making this for yourself.  Every time you post something like this, my brain immediately goes, "Wow!  That means he can do ..." and then I think of something even more challenging to ask you to work on.  I can't wait for my name to rise to the head of the queue!

You certainly don't need any help from me coming up with challenging handle designs.  Please disregard all of my future posts.  :)
How long is this waiting list? Just to see how long I will have to save up for one these blades!
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Originally posted by Renol Renol wrote:

Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

The contrast between the yellow and black matches so well the outer ply.
Radioactive? Yes. I thought first about the knights of the ⛪ temple for some reason, engaging through the blade an instant spiritual connection with the universe and the laws oh physics.

I would say is more of the wood and black colour contrast.

The radiation symbol and the outer ply are both the same wood, but different sources.  Yellowheart or Brazilian Satinwood.
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These are truly a work of art. The love and dedication are quite evident.

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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

The contrast between the yellow and black matches so well the outer ply.
Radioactive? Yes. I thought first about the knights of the ⛪ temple for some reason, engaging through the blade an instant spiritual connection with the universe and the laws oh physics.

I feel very 2-dimensional in fatt's 3-dimensional universe.  I just thought the radiation symbol looked cool.  :)
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Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Oh, Ross, you have no idea how hard you're making this for yourself.  Every time you post something like this, my brain immediately goes, "Wow!  That means he can do ..." and then I think of something even more challenging to ask you to work on.  I can't wait for my name to rise to the head of the queue!

You certainly don't need any help from me coming up with challenging handle designs.  Please disregard all of my future posts.  :)
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

The contrast between the yellow and black matches so well the outer ply.
Radioactive? Yes. I thought first about the knights of the ⛪ temple for some reason, engaging through the blade an instant spiritual connection with the universe and the laws oh physics.

I would say is more of the wood and black colour contrast.
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The contrast between the yellow and black matches so well the outer ply.
Radioactive? Yes. I thought first about the knights of the ⛪ temple for some reason, engaging through the blade an instant spiritual connection with the universe and the laws oh physics.
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Oh, Ross, you have no idea how hard you're making this for yourself.  Every time you post something like this, my brain immediately goes, "Wow!  That means he can do ..." and then I think of something even more challenging to ask you to work on.  I can't wait for my name to rise to the head of the queue!
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The mondrian blade looks really stunning - and I like the history behind it.  Clap
Also the red dyed wood is quiet noble - fantastic work.



Also stunning too, with the other blade - that also round shapes are possible...
Always had straight lines in my mind

....too much possibilities.
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Originally posted by Argothman Argothman wrote:


This is my dream, how much would you anticipate it costing and how much work is required to remove the handle?
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