What's a boner? I've never heard the word used in the context of
Is a boner is a story....? If so, the boner I enjoyed was the one
where Thomas Goff, after a weekend with Violet Gordon Woodhouse, where
she introduced him to the clavichord, delcared he was going to give up
his career as a barrister, and devote his life to making clavichords.
As a member of the Royal Family it was odd for him to look into
carpentry classes, but the found a woodworking class at a college in
London. Upon meeting his new teacher, a Mr John Cobby, the students
were asked what they proposed to make in the class. Most of them told
of their ambitions to make milk-bottle-holders and the like.... Goff
said, "I've come here to learn to make a Clavichord" (in his hooty
upper-crust accent... to which Cobby replied "I've been waiting all
my life to hear someone say that!" Together they made many superb
instruments.... which were in their day the Gold Standard of early
On Feb 6, 2008, at 9:26 PM, Hendrik Broekman wrote:
> Many years ago, on another college station in the supposedly
> civilized northeast, the Abalone Adagio was announced one memorable
> morning. The lad may have been from the left coast where, I am told,
> they consume such things.
> There is a sign of relatively great antiquity (mid '60s maybe - at
> least it was already there and venerated when I first arrived in
> 1970) hanging in our shop in honor of a delivery man who, having
> evinced some curiosity at the strange goings-on, was shown around and
> given a precis of the craft. His reaction, captured on the sign,
> sounds like his own version of, "There but for the grace of God, go
> I". He had said, simply, "It's hard work making harpischords".
> Indeed it is - I have never yet managed the feat knowingly.
> Hendrik Broekman