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Woodworking Update: Walnut Marble Game Board

Many years ago, I used to play a marble solitaire game when I would visit my grandparents (my dad’s parents). You jump marbles over each other, removing the ones you jump over. The goal is to get down to one marble.  My dad and I were the only ones who ever got down to one marble, so the game had a special place in my heart.  Year later (~2002) I discovered that it’s impossible to get down to just one marble in our version of the game (apparently it’s called French Solitaire).  I even found a mathematical proof online.  Another version of the game, without four corner holes (English Solitaire) is solvable–you can get down to one marble.  Still, the version I used to play is the one I like, even if I discovered my dad and I must have accidentally dislodged a marble along the way.

I made this particular board for my uncle Scott (my dad’s brother), though he supplied his own marbles.  It is made from a piece of claro walnut burl that I got in Mendocino.  The original board is on the right; the board I made is on the left.  There are more pics here.

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Olivewood bowl

An olivewood bowl for Santina.  I turned the bottom a little too thin–if you hold it up to a bright light you can almost see through it!

  
    

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Updating my Blog (to avoid grading)

I needed a break from grading Organic Chemistry exams, so I decided to update my blog a bit.  I have some more woodworking pics: a guitar stand.  I also added two poems from a loooong time ago: Perhaps and The Simplicity of Friendship.

Enjoy!

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Another woodworking update…

I’ve uploaded pics of a walnut peppermill and salt shaker I made for our friends Bruce and Laurie.  Click here for the page with pics.

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Pestle without a vessel…

No chalice from the palace or flagon with the dragon.  Instead I made an olivewood pestle, though my father-in-law has the vessels it goes with.  He inherited a couple of olivewood mortars a while ago, so I decided I’d turn an olivewood pestle for him.  Here’s a small pic (or go here).

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All Apologies

Some readers may have noticed I removed one of my earlier posts, “One of My Pseudoscientific Students…”  I did so because apparently some of my students have begun reading my blog.  I wrote the aforementioned post in such a way as to identify the student.  This was inappropriate on my part.  From now on I will not single out individuals unless they are in the public eye (e.g.  elected officials, professional athletes) or friends/family.  🙂

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