Howdy folks. Another Texan, I hope the maximum allowable number of us on the forum has not yet been reached. I know it's hard to tolerate too many of us in one place.
In keeping with the TOS my wife and I distribute various lumber products and a woodworking jig system (thanks for the tip Larry ).
Okay that stuff is out of the way. We are also woodworkers and that's why we are here. My wife finally got her husband to get off his duff and get her a lathe, so that's what she is interested in most right now as far as woodworking. Pens and little what-not trinkets like that. I suspect she will good at it. She is at everything she does. She has two of those pieces of paper that you frame and hang on the wall - one from Baylor and one from Univ of Maryland, and I have none. Guess who the brains of this outfit is?
On the lathe thing, I suspect once I turn something, my addictive personality will take over and ruin our businesses. If there are any drummers on board here, maybe you'll warn me how difficult it is to try and turn a pair of matched sticks as a first project. Talk me out of it maybe in lieu of an easier first project, like a wine bottle stopper or something.
Over the last year or so I have been reading and studying and researching, and selecting the wooden billets and other components for a 5½ octave marimba build. I will be using Bois D' Arc (Osage Orange/Hedge) for the bars. I still have not decided what to use as resonators because I do not want to scrimp but haven't found a source for them, and so also have not decided on what to use as plugs, one of the more critical components when designing a marimba.
Finally, I am not a bucket mouth, or anything like that.