Time to fiddle

March 20, 2017



Back in the 1990s I took some violin lessons, but eventually gave it up. I kept my fiddle though, even loaning it to my neice when she took lessons for a time in school. I still have everything that came with the kit, a violin kit from Sears which cost a little over $100. I added a metal chrome colored mute and a pitch pipe to the kit as well as a cleaning cloth, white hankerchief and shoulder rest.

Recently I began training for a job as a repair technicial for string instruments. My boss suggested that it would be a good idea to get reaquainted with my fiddle since I’ll likely be holding one everyday at work and it would be good to know how to play one a bit.

So I opened up the case and started messing around with the fiddle which by now is over 20 years old. It’s a chinese violin, but my teacher at the time deemed it at least adequate to taking lessons on. It’s fared well over the years, having just a few spots where it looks worn on the edges.

while I’m no superb player, and don’t expect to become one. I was happy that I remember the finger stops for notes. My ear is still good, it’s just a matter of relearning the muscular side and probably learning to read music again.

As I go along I may start piming the fiddle out, replacing the fine string tuners with brass ones and mayve getting a chin rest that is not blacl.  I know I need to replace the end button as it is half missing. That will be my start as I get to know this instrument again. Lessons? Who knows. We’ll see.

Krimenigmo 1a

September 27, 2016

Laboranta kviete kaj kapable, Ĝeof Vanĝem pendigis Barnĉjon Trabul en la subtegmento de la luata domo de Barnĉjo. Ĉio iris glate ĝis Ĝeof provis fermi la antaŭan pordon. La seruro estis misfiksita.

“Plej bone se mi foriras,” li pensis, ĵetante anksiajn rigardojn al la densa arbaro ĉirkaŭ  la domo.

Du horojn poste li estis aŭtante ree al la domo kun Profesoro Ŝibolet. Read the rest of this entry »

Ho, kia ĉarma sciuro!

September 20, 2016


Star Wars: Rey’s best line

September 2, 2016

i bypassed the compressor

“I bypassed the compressor.”

Woodworking shirts in Esperanto!

August 29, 2016

Sticker with my Ligneroj logo on it!

I’ve made a few message shirts in Esperanto about woodworking.  If you’d like to buy one, just click the picture of the design you like. The click will take you to CafePress.


logo wear

Many shirt styles to choose from!


Some shirt designs are available on a work apron for your workshop!

clamp shirt

mi faris

Help me Obi Wan!

August 29, 2016


Shirt: You can say That in Esperanto

August 28, 2016

esprimoj 323 -say that

This shirt proves to all that you can definitely say ‘That’ in Esperanto.  Buy it on CafePress here! [link]

Many Bothans died…

August 12, 2016

Star Wars on my mind. Mon Mothma from Return of the Jedi delivers her iconic line in Esperanto!

mon mothma

Many Bothans died to bring us this information.

What’s the Difference?

February 11, 2016

A while ago I was puzzling out what to call ‘model railroading’ in Esperanto.  The suggestions I got were in the tone that since the trains involved are small, they must be toys. Being a model railroader, I can attest that though model trains are small, they are not something one truly ‘plays’ with, nor do you want to hand over a $200+ locomotive to a small child.  Below I have put 3 photos to explain the difference.


Toy Trains/Ludfervojo


Model Trains=Model Railroad/Skalfervojo

tamen skalfervojo

Still a Model Railroad/Tamen skalfervojo

Esperanto Word Search Book

February 9, 2016

vortserchoj-1For Those who enjoy word search puzzles and either speak or just like Esperanto, I’ve put out the first of several planned books of word search puzzles in Esperanto. There are 50 puzzles in the book with words ranging from simple to challenging compound words. It’s available direct from Lulu.com here [link], but should soon be available on Amazon as well.

Word search puzzles are a great low tech way to pass time while on a flight, or anytime you have to wait around alone.

I have two more books in the works, so keep an eye out for more!