Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bear Roast and Visits

Well, I've wanted to hunt bear for a few years now. I haven't done it. We have a guide in one of our congregations who is willing to take me out. But I still haven't done it. Why? Because.

Because is two reasons. 1) it's a lot of meat, and if none of my family likes the flavor it would be waste. 2) I don't want to spend money on tanning the hide or doing a mount. I'm only in it for the food and the hunt.

A friend gave me a 4 pound roast from a bear he harvested last year. Yesterday I decided to cook it.

I sliced a big potato into thick slices to keep the roast up and out of the fat, in case the flavor of the fat would be unpleasant to my family. Put the potato and roast in the crock pot on high for 2 hrs. At that point I sprinkled on some salt and black pepper and put some onion slices on the top.

I have to say, the scent was delicious.

3 hours later we served it with fried potatos and veggies. It was wonderful. One of my kids kept asking (because she was suspicious) "What animal is this dad?"

Most liked the fat on their potatos too. The gravy was good.

So, Mary has given me her blessing to hunt bear. The flavor was somewhere between pork roast and beef roast. The texture was a bit soft because it had slow-cooked so long.

Now, I have to figure out what to do with the skin and such if I should get one this fall.

Today I went to three hospital visits, one in Grand Forks, one in Crookston, and one in Fosston. Long day with a lot of driving.

I have Ladies' Aid at Oak Park tonight. Then, maybe I can relax with a bit of Mary Stewart. It's a well told tale, but entirely fiction. I mean every part of it: from the Druids to the Mithraists, to the nature of the Christian Church in early Wales. All of the religious and mytery religions in the works are spun out of imagination and not history.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tambur/Dombra/Tambura Video

Just a quick uninspired improvisation with a slide to demonstrate what the instrument sounds like. Sorry the high notes sound a bit tinny, my digital camera's microphone had its limits.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Guitar Scores and Tabs for the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal

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Not My Guitar

I've transcribed some hymns from the ELH for classical guitar. They are available at

You'll need the free program "tuxguitar" from that website to use them.

The transcriptions are made compatible with the music in the ELH so a guitarist can play with an organist or pianist.

I'm actually looking for help doing the transcriptions. They take time. And "Many hands make a task light."
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Donna Singing Her Song

Donna breaks out into song very often. Usually the rest of the kids aren't this quiet.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

First Aulos

Thanks for posting the video. The girls thought this would be a fun project for this afternoon.

We took bamboo steaks, trimmed, tempered, sanded. Made cheater's reeds from soda straws and started making holes.

BTW, if anyone has a how-to on making bamboo reeds and double reeds I would really like to learn.TIA.

Above you can see the size, below you can hear the results. Sorry, I just ran through some notes to check intonation and volume, No real sense to the notes.

I am very surprised by how loud such a small reed instrument is.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Giannini Brazilian Classical Guitar

I bought this guitar in August 1985. It was my 5th guitar at the time. My first was a cigar box guitar that my father made for me before I was 6 years old. Later in about 7th grade, Mom and Dad gave me a child's student acoustic folk guitar, wire strings--very similar to the First Act kids guitars you can get at K mart and Walmart these days.

In my junior year I bought an electric guitar and an electric bass to play in two different bands, The K and R Rangers (Country), and Thief of Hearts (Pop). After High school I continued to play in various ways and that helped pay for some of my college and rent.

Just before I went to college I bought this Giannini. This guitar was priced at $600, but since the music store was going out of business and being repossessed by the bank, I got it for $110.

It looked funny, but when I took it off the wall to try it out, I loved it right away. I eventually sold the electric guitar and the electric bass. But I still have the Giannini, and it has gone through some hard times.

This Giannini is an AWKN 6 Brazilian "Craviola" style Classical, full size. 2 piece spruce soundboard, 19 nickel frets, bone nut, bone bridge. The body is pitched at low E.  I don't know what the rest of the woods are. The Craviola body style originated in the 1970s.

 I've replaced the head gears and tuning pegs twice over 25 years.The problem was my handling of the guitar and moving too often.

 There are 5 layers of varicolored wood purfling around the front edge of the body.

 The sound hole is in the Giannini Brazilian style, the rosette is a complicated pattern made with at least 4 different colors of wood cross cut very fine, with multi layered purfling inside and out. This is not a decal.

You can see the Model is AWKN 6 and the serial number is 10/0, a proof guitar.

 The bridge has the same 4 tones of wood in 7 lines of purfling along the back edge of the bridge.

 If you look carefully on the bottom left side you can see a very well done repair. In the fall of 1986 I fell asleep with the guitar in my dorm loft. I rolled over, it fell 8 ft and broke. My chemistry professor knew a luthier in Mankato who was able to do a brilliant job fixing it and charged me less than $40.

If you look closely you can see small inset mother-of-pearl fret markers on the top edge of the fret board. There are none on the face of the fretboard. The neck broke away from the heel sometime in maybe 1998. Probably moving damage. I don't remember. Mary took it secretly to a friend in Mankato who is also an excellent Luthier (David Begalka) and got it put back together for me for Fathers' Day that same year.

I've taken this guitar all over the US, from Atlanta to Seattle. It's been through a lot, and it still plays great.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Why Older Sisters get frustrated....

Two photos showing why older sisters need to keep their rooms clean, their stuff put away, and their doors locked.

But it tasted good.
Just a little lipstick to help a girl look fresh.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Elsie's Birthday Party

Yesterday we celebrated 13 years of God's blessing to us. Happy Birthday, Elsie.

She got all the candles out. Whew. That's a relief.
She got a light saber from Stella.

Another gift.
BTW, she got lots more than these.
I just didn't think you all wanted to see them all.

A Shady character showed up.
A Party Crasher!
The name is da-RELL, it's spelled Darrel,
but it's pronounced duh-RELL'
Can I has you number? Can I, Can I, Now?

Just some more gifts.