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    Whichever way you look at it, poor old Tassie's in for a hammering from next Tuesday until at least the following weekend.

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    Here's an opportunity for you Greg! This is owned by the guy who moved Pipsqueak recently:

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ferry-ser...item234feb8509

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Hope all's well up there in SEQ and the barmy north of NSW! Kate okay there Greg?

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    And I just came across this:

    http://www.sailblogs.com/member/pant...xjMsgID=354114

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    That was a well written report Rick, bloody terrifying but what kind of bottom were they anchored in ? It sounds as if they had the right anchor all right !
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    It's thick mud in Fame Cove

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    A CQR bottom ?

    150mm today, not too bad so far, I've it seen a lot wetter this time of the year.
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    BOM river conditions has Boat Harbour flood station reading 4.5 metres, so I'm officially cut off. You will be too Sibbo!
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    4.95 now! That's a 450mm rise in 15 minutes!

    Flippin'eck!
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    We had a very heavy cloudburst, a very long one too, perhaps an hour..... I guess that was it!
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    5.6 now, and no sign of the rise slowing!
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    What is this rain thing you guys speak of?
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    What is this rain thing you guys speak of?
    Yes, it's been a while down here. A few dribbles and some fog but………….

    Reports of the weather round the Tweed sound incredibly damp. With 4 dead over the border washed off fords you lot be extra careful.

    And if you need something interesting to read or listen to:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-3...l-glue/6433314
    Last edited by skuthorp; 05-01-2015 at 04:34 PM.

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    Must've been some kind of localised super dump in the Rous catchment because it's right down now to well below flood level.
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    Clear, bright and very well washed this morning.\

    248 mm overall.
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    Mr Connolly said after a successful harvest he used it to fix a loose mirror on a friend's old EJ Holden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post

    And if you need something interesting to read or listen to:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-3...l-glue/6433314
    The Xanthorea Semiplana (Grass Tree) also has a very useful resin that is used for glue, in fireworks, and as a shellac-like varnish. Years ago I built a mandolin using Aussie tone woods. During its construction I had a holiday on Kangaroo Island, where the 'best' grass trees grow, the 'Tates' subspecies. They are endangered and are protected by law. A local took me to recent earthworks adjacent to the local airstrip which had been widened, and helped me to uncover and reclaim a tree that had been bulldozed.

    The resin is collected in the form of dried crystaline secretions between the grass-like spikes, at their base, and it's hard work getting the gem-like crystals without losing and eye to the spikes. I harvested enough to make a varnish which I used on the mandolin.

    This stuff was also harvested by the Aboriginal people and used as glue. The local vernacular name for the glue is Aboriginal Araldite. I can vouch for it as a glue. A similar Xanthorea grows along the Fleurieu Peninsula and in the Adelaide Hills, and is useful for the same stuff but is not as good as the subspecies that grows on the Island.

    I still have the mandolin, but I never got good at playing it. It's due for a service and tune up. It's on a long list.

    [IMG]mando001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Last edited by brucemoffatt; 05-01-2015 at 07:28 PM. Reason: added a photo of the mandolin
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Clear, bright and very well washed this morning.\

    248 mm overall.
    We had people stuck here after Kerry's birthday party last night.
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    Xanthorrea , eh? Why not? The old-timer Chinese, in constructing their famous rock gardens, used to glue blocks of limestone together with sticky rice to build rock walls, caves, grottos, waterfalls, and whatever else occurred to them.

    But Powdered Purri...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Hope all's well up there in SEQ and the barmy north of NSW!

    Rick
    All is well on the Tweed river at Fingal . John Woods one of the live aboard's reported gusts out of the east well up to 100 km after 2300 hours easing after 2 am this morning. Mother nature at work pressure washing and blowing.


    Sadly five people appear to have lost their lives in the Caboolture Burpengary area, where reportedly 290 mils of rain fell in just over three hours. Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooden Boat Fittings View Post
    Xanthorrea , eh? Why not? The old-timer Chinese, in constructing their famous rock gardens, used to glue blocks of limestone together with sticky rice to build rock walls, caves, grottos, waterfalls, and whatever else occurred to them.

    But Powdered Purri...?

    Mike
    Yeah, why not?
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    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    The Xanthorea Semiplana (Grass Tree) also has a very useful resin that is used for glue, in fireworks, and as a shellac-like varnish. Years ago I built a mandolin using Aussie tone woods. During its construction I had a holiday on Kangaroo Island, where the 'best' grass trees grow, the 'Tates' subspecies. They are endangered and are protected by law. A local took me to recent earthworks adjacent to the local airstrip which had been widened, and helped me to uncover and reclaim a tree that had been bulldozed.

    The resin is collected in the form of dried crystaline secretions between the grass-like spikes, at their base, and it's hard work getting the gem-like crystals without losing and eye to the spikes. I harvested enough to make a varnish which I used on the mandolin.

    This stuff was also harvested by the Aboriginal people and used as glue. The local vernacular name for the glue is Aboriginal Araldite. I can vouch for it as a glue. A similar Xanthorea grows along the Fleurieu Peninsula and in the Adelaide Hills, and is useful for the same stuff but is not as good as the subspecies that grows on the Island.

    I still have the mandolin, but I never got good at playing it. It's due for a service and tune up. It's on a long list.

    [IMG]mando001 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Wow!! That's beautiful Bruce ! What timbers did you use ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Wow!! That's beautiful Bruce ! What timbers did you use ?
    The top is King Billy Pine. I carved it a bit too thick, so the tone is a bit bright and high. The back is carved Tassie Blackwood from a tree that blew over in a storm, somewhere in the Adelaide hills. A local luthier saw it and salvaged it and kept it for yonks in his wood pile then allowed me to take enough for a back. The sides are bent Tassie Blackwood. The neck is Teak from the FIL's wood pile, and that's constructed with a 'Spanish Heel' style, to reduce sound transmission losses through the neck/body joint. The fretboard is a QLD eucalypt whose name escapes me, a red ebony in the luthier's vernacular. Hard as granite.

    It has a lot of sustain and is pretty good for jazz type solo work. It lacks the warm depth of sound that a folk instrument would have. I could carve the top down thinner to deepen the tone, but I don't trust myself to not kill it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Matt , remember the old double ender that you posted a while ago, the one down at Breakfast Creek ? It sold to someone from Tasmania who has recognised that sailing it back there might be a bit beyond it's capacities and apparently it's for sale again at a much reduced / free price . It was $3000 last time. A friend has the contact details so if you are interested just ask .
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    We have many others.
    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Gibbs View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattSplatt View Post
    Mikey. The book is here. Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemoffatt View Post
    The Xanthorea Semiplana (Grass Tree) also has a very useful resin that is used for glue, in fireworks, and as a shellac-like varnish. Years ago I built a mandolin using Aussie tone woods.
    Nice one!

    I use Xanthorea resin for colour in my violin varnish. I cook it down first.

    Perhaps you guys know this already but the resin is also called Yakka and the hard work collecting it led to the term 'Hard Yakka'.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Hope all's well up there in SEQ and the barmy north of NSW! Kate okay there Greg?

    Rick
    Thanks for asking Rick, but she was all OK, a lot of debris on the road heading home last night, 150mm of rain and a few branches down but power stayed on so she was pretty happy....also the new bridge replacing the causeway meant she wasn't cut off by the Coomera river for a change.
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    It's a beautiful, warm, clear moonlight night and I've just been for a walk to the top of the ridge. Scared up our own wallaby and a mob of kangaroos up the hill.
    Dead still here, has been for a day or three but high up clouds moving fast from the NW. The bay has been like glass.

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    Wow Bruce, a hidden talent there mate!

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    Glad to hear it Greg!

    Okay, that's it! Now that Bruce and Mikey have shown us their woodworking talents, I'm officially banning any of my stuff appearing here ever again!

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    Wot he said .
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    Don't you talk!! And Greg too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Wow Bruce, a hidden talent there mate!
    Thanks. Too well hidden these days I'm afraid, but at least I have a couple of artefacts to show that I could do it once upon a time.


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    Rick I may have missed it, what boat was your voyage on, how many POB, and any comments about what stuff on board worked well, what worked less well etc?

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