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    Posted: 01/31/2017 at 2:14am
Would also fit the Swiss cheese TT club Wink


Again, Ross has done some wonderful work- and great to see him doing something totally different



as I spent so much money on the last 2 blades - I still have to wait until Ross can tackle my new idea,
so it's nice to see that there a new blades, not that he quits business before I can order Smile
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What a Nice Family réunion! Thank you for the eye candy tassie.
Btw forum member watchski is quitting the game and his 5 RL blades are up for grab. I hear something like $85 per blade; maybe less for the buyer who takes them all?
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Ross' version reminds me the colors I'd like in a tt club: dark yellow walls and floors and brown tables. There is such a warm feeling to the combo.

Let me guess - you like orange balls? 

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In response to fatt's request, here we have the evolution of a blade:



From top to bottom and left to right:
Ross's original pistol grip.  Blade: Tasmanian Blackwood.  Handle:  Silky Oak

Straight handles.  
Blade 1: Huon Pine.  Handle 1: Tasmanian Blackwood.  
Blade 2: Willow.  Handle: Oak, Yew, Birch

Knife handles.
Blade 1: Redwood.  Handle 1: Huon Pine, Mytle, Tiger Myrtle
Blade 2: King Billy Pine.  Handle 2: Huon Pine, Myrtle, Beefwood
Blade 3: King Billy Pine.  Handle 3: Afzelia, Gaboon Ebony



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Ross' version reminds me the colors I'd like in a tt club: dark yellow walls and floors and brown tables. There is such a warm feeling to the combo.
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

the half vase grip is original: will the round side be for your palm?
Yep.  Fat side sits in palm; the idea is taken from Soul Spins handles.  The half vase shape _ Ross and I call it a knife handle shape - is original and we've developed it over three blades now.  Conventional shake hand grip with the straight edge sitting in the V between thumb and hand with the fingers curving around the belly.

A line up of all my Ross Leidy blades?  I did wonder if anyone would be interested.  Ideally such a photo would show the blades bare to fully appreciate the different outer plies.  At present most of my blades still have rubber on them, but I'll look at preparing them for a photo shoot.  Thanks for your interest, fatt.

Oh, I almost forgot: Ross made himself a version of this latest blade.  His blade actually uses more Australian timber than mine!

Blade:  Australian Red Cedar - Douglas Fir - Kiri - Douglas Fir  - Australian Red Cedar
Handle: Huon Pine with Amboyna inlays


  
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the half vase grip is original: will the round side be for your palm?

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It looks like the transit of a planet and its moon(s) passing in front of its hot host star.
congrats; you are such a believer!
Are you ready to share a picture of all your RL blades together?
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Hi all,

I thought I'd like to show you my latest and last blade from Ross.  I'm retiring from the workforce in a few weeks and my disposable income is about to be radically impacted, hence one last opportunity to ask Ross to make me something delicious.  I suspect the design - another Tassie/Ross collaboration - will draw mixed responses, but he and I both think this looks very cool.

The blade is similar to my Weaver: King Billy Pine - Douglas Fir - Kiri - Douglas Fir - King Billy Pine.
The handle is Afzelia with Gaboon Ebony inlays.
(The keen eyed amongst you might notice that the backhand side of the grip is 3mm thicker than the forehand.)








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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

I am amazed by the inlay skills; so much complexity in a such a simple result is a one of those paradoxes of life. The wood grain going vertical everywhere in your initials is a statement standing proud. Thanks for your post.

The secret is to cheat and use a CNC machine.  :)

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I am amazed by the inlay skills; so much complexity in a such a simple result is a one of those paradoxes of life. The wood grain going vertical everywhere in your initials is a statement standing proud. Thanks for your post.
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I just had that chance to try Bois de Rose for the handle on this blade.   It's really a beautiful rosewood. 






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The quality that this man achieves is simply insane.

I'm from Barcelona and no doubt I'll order one day one of those beauties to the Master.

By the way, thanks for the photos.

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Congratulations, these are stunning looking blades.
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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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