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    Hi, I'm Gladys. My husband is Steve from Sorensen Mandolins.

    He works at home and everywhere I look, there are things that have to do with mandolin making.

    This morning, as I was making banana bread, I started to smell wood in the kitchen. I forgot to take out the wood when I preheated the oven!


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    Could be worse. He could have been a microbiologist.

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    A new model for him, The Banana Bread. By the way, wicked cool oven.

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    Hey, Outsidenote... Microbiologists have more culture.

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    Gladys S; Please remember, "For better or Worse". We have a family member with Alzheimer's and you never know what she'll put in the oven. Still trying to figure out why she's putting water in the clothes dryer. Wife has had to bail water out of it twice. Gently let him know that the stove is an electric and not a wood stove.
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    Don't worry, roasted maple is one of the more sought-after woods.
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    Just think of all the fancy ways you can slice cheese with the variety of strings you have around!
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    Hey, Outsidenote... Microbiologists have more culture. Jamie - MS Microbiology and Genetics Virginia Tech 97 BS Biology/microbiology 92
    Outside of the outside note. I was stationed at Fort Lee Virginia in 97'.......Richmond was flooded with Virginia Tech girls. I can not imagine what it was like going to that school. I think at that time it was ranked as the number one party school and I believed it. Then again I was farm kid from Oklahoma....
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    I don't know about being an epic party school. I had fun for sure but, I had more fun playing on the Appalachian Trail nearby, mountain biking and taking tons of photos. It was hardly a Bacchanal on campus. By 97 I had been married for 4 years, my wife about to graduate Vet School, and I had been working in industry for 1 year and a half (took me a while to finalize my Thesis and defend).

    I wish I had been more into mandolin and roots music at the time since I was so close to Floyd and the Crooked Road destinations.

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    I had been married for 4 years
    That answers that.....I was 18.
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    Wood in the oven. I love it.

    But I am curious. What else about living with a luthier?

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    Wood in the oven - Does anybody remember an early episode of the Beverly Hillbillies when Granny tried to get the oven working by loading it up with firewood ?.
    Frank Wakefield's take on this matter was to roast the completed mandolin - no half measures with that guy !,
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    We may witness history in the making here - the accidental invention of pre-opened tonewood.
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    Maybe he was performing a religious ritual, like a burnt offering to the mandolin gods. Maybe just some weird distressing, fire damaged California Special.
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    Gladys, I laughed until tears ran down my face!
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    None of you guys have heard of roasted maple before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEStanek View Post
    Hey, Outsidenote... Microbiologists have more culture.

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    Every week, when I do the laundry, I pull out at least one pick.
    I'm accustomed to that.
    This time, it was five! (I had to take a picture of it!)

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    Only Five!!!
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    Every week, when I do the laundry, I pull out at least one pick.
    I'm accustomed to that.
    This time, it was five! (I had to take a picture of it!)

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    Season 1 - episode 2 :-
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    Hi Gladys, great to see you on the cafe. It's nearly a year since I was at your place enjoying your wonderful hospitality. How time flies. I've lost all my Sorensen picks so just threaten Steve that all the picks you take out of the washing machine in future will be sent to Australia. I'll pay the postage.
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    I heard the engine of the Fed Ex truck today. Sad to say, Christmas presents aren't being delivered anymore. It's back to wood, and more wood.

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    Funny you should bring this thread back up. I Just happened to be browsing Steve's website today and listening to some sound samples. He is cooking up some seriously nice instruments!

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    One of my greatest fears is getting one of those expensive picks stuck in my vacuum hose!

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    Those oriental rugs just eat picks.
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