Balsawood, tissuepaper & dope!

I was watching James May’s TV programme the other night about trying to break a world record by flying a freeflight model glider across the English channel and it stirred up several emotions in me both happy and sad.

Sad because my Father is no longer here but has been gone to the great hobby shop in the sky for ten years now and happy because when I was younger I had those magical moments with him in the garage building various model aircraft out of Balsawood (the airframe), tissue (the skin) & dope (it stretched the tissue over the frame), followed by the test flight and the inevitable crash after weeks of work.

That didn’t matter, what did was the fact that we had that precious and irreplaceable time together as father and son doing something we both loved: making stuff work!

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Published by James Blennerhassett

I am a session bassist and contemporary composer based in Ireland, most of my studio work these days is done from my own place via Dropbox etc. I am also a member of Derek Ryan's touring band. I play Double bass and Bass guitar and most recently a derivative of the Chapman Stick, the NS Stick and several other instruments when I must :-) I have two solo instrumental albums on release called "End of a longer day" and "A small shadow" and I am currently writing and recording a series of Pictorial Audio projects comprising Text, Audio & Illustrations in collaboration with my sister Susan & her husband Vitya, inspired by special people, the unseen little folk, and other fantastic creatures that inhabit the woods, streams and lakes on this island .

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