Thursday, December 17, 2015

Snow, Snowshoeing and Hide Glue

Once again we are in the grip of that grim old gentleman familiarly known as Jack Frost.

D.C. Beard, The Field and Forest Handy Book, 1906



The first day of winter is only four days away and we got two good snows this past week.

It's been wonderful for me to trail after the dogs on my snowshoes for their morning and afternoon up the gulch to Forest Service property.




There are great views such as this to enjoy...



and the gulch is cozy with snow.



A dead standing Douglas fir makes for a good photo opportunity.




Josey and Rufus treed another chickaree (tree squirrel), Pete was off chasing a different chickaree.



Today, I am trying to finish up the interior of a Conservatory model guitar so I can glue on the back.

Chores and other obligations have slowed down my progress some, but now that I glued a dutchman on the neck foot I am one step closer to closing up this guitar.




Hide glue and Lee Valley fish glue on my standard glues these days.

I appreciate how easy it is to reverse hide glue, just get out the heat gun, heat the spot for a few seconds and whatever I glued on pops off. To re-glue, I heat up the piece I took off, brush on some more hide glue and glue it back in place. Pretty simple. It's a forgiving glue and it dries harder than most polyvinyl glues.

John Tuttle extols the virtues of hide glue in his website on player piano repair, click here to read his hide glue question and answer page.

It's back to work for me!





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