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January 07, 2023

The Weekend Hobby Thread

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Good afternoon Hobbyists. My last Hobby Thread was Christmas Eve afternoon. I didn't post any Horde hobbies at that time. I wasn't sure how many folks would be on the thread that day. So, now I have a significant amount of Horde hobby contributions. Let's Go!


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Hi!

I am a long time lurker and the amazing creativity on display in the hobby thread has fascinated me. I have several hobbies that revolve around making things (3d modeling/printing, stained glass art, etc.). One hobby that I keep coming back to is making exotic music instruments. I decided to share a few of those with you…

First up, cigar box guitars (they’ve been a thing since the 1800s). The photo below is an acoustic 3-string guitar made out of a cigar box, a piece of 1x2 from Home Depot, and assorted parts from CBGitty (an etailer that supplies the cigar box guitar community). I frequently take it camping and practice slide guitar tunes on it.

This was the next cigar box guitar I made… a 4 string electric (magnetic humbucker pickup) resonator. And yes, the resonator cone is indeed an upside down dog bowl.

Finally, I recently decided to take it to the next level and try my hand at a pochette. Pochettes (more often known today as “travel violins”) were a type of violin that was popular among street and royal court musicians from the 15th thru the 19th centuries. Not as rich sounding as a typical violin, but more robust in construction (hence their popularity amongst street performers).


Making violins is more challenging than cigar box guitars. Woodwork is what woodwork is. But setting a violin up to be playable is a dark art practiced by people who I suspect make Faustian bargains. For someone learning off the internet, there’s lots of trial and error. But I’m happy with the sound. I have a short video of me playing a traditional Irish jig on it. If you want to hear it, let me know and I will send it along.

And finally, because I want to take the travel violin traveling with me on campouts, I made a custom case for the custom violin. It was an omnibus of techniques… wood work, foam cutting, and 3d design/printing (the clips holding the bow inside the lid).

I hope you found these photos interesting. Thanks for giving us the hobby thread. I love seeing the astounding creativity displayed by the contributors!-Clay

Clay beautiful work to say the least. What an interesting hobby. So you get to make the instrument and play music to boot. Now that's a hobby. Thanks for sharing with us.

Clay submitted a video and a short description.


After I sent the original Odd Hobbies email, I figured out how to upload the video I spoke of to YouTube. I played the violin as from 5th grade until I graduated high school, so I was using the travel violin to try to resurrect long unused skills. I recorded this video of the Kesh Jig just a month or so after I completed the instrument

Pretty damn cool! Thanks again!

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The following came from Sherpa_K2. Unfortunately, his submission was right before the 24th and I didn't want his beautiful work to go unnoticed. It was very difficult to pick out the photos which made today's thread. His work is gorgeous.

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Thanks to you and KT for everything you do. I think this is my 9th year reading Ace of Spades. Very much an important voice. Port Townsend Washington - Christmas Swag made in the PNW. Live branching mixed with dried plants from our summer garden. This will be one of three emails with photos to give you a selection of photos of the swag you might want. My handle on Ace in the comments, and I don't comment very much, is "Sherpa_K2". My partner and I dearly love all of you at Ace.


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Last but not least comes some very fine and nimble work from our friend Anna Puma. Amazing how realistic these models are. Wonderful work Anna.

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Eduard 1/48 Fw 190F-8 Profipack kit. Pretty much straight out of box using kit photo-etch and decals. White 7, fuselage yellow band, and Werke Nr decals came from the Tamiya Fw190F-8 kit. Camouflage colors were Vallejo acrylics air-brushed free hand. Weathering was kept to a minimum.

Main reference material 'Focke-Wulf Fw 190: Workhorse of the Luftwaffe' and both Squadron/Signal Fw 190 in Action books.

Awesome work.


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Hobby tips, stories, photographs and 20/0 fan brushes to petmorons at gmail dot com. Have a wonderful week.

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