|Stop sweep of the 3/17 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee www.tennesseetheatre.com/ .|
|This is the magnificent 3/17 Mighty WurliTzer Balaban 2 Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is one of only a few original installations left in the United States.|
The organ was delivered to the theatre in 1928 as part of the Publix series. In 2001, restoration by Ken Chrome of Reno, Nevada was completed. Lyn Larsen carried out the final voicing. The theatre holds a free one hour concert on the first Monday of the month at noon. For more info, click this www.tennesseetheatre.com/
|Este es el profesional de Jarca Charango de madera hecha por el Torrez Quispe hermanos de El Alto, departamento de La Paz, Bolivia, América del Sur. Tengo la suerte de tenerlo, el resultado de una amistad con mi buen amigo Larry McKiddy. Lo había enviado a Kentucky desde BoliviaMall.com . Estoy eternamente agradecido por su generosidad. Muchas gracias, hermano Larry.|
High atop a green mountain knoll, a lonely faerie looks down on the world and sees it troubled by the unrest among humans. She knows it will take strong medicine to set things right. Her powerful magic is not enough. She must summon the spirits of goodness to help her save Mankind and heal the Earth. She kneels down to pray as tears of sorrow roll down her cheeks. Even faires cry...
This artwork is a collaborative effort between two artists. My best friend, Lyvia Bruno, provided the original line art she mnade which can be found here bunnykinsnoda1982.deviantart.c… . This work stands alone without further action, but I was compelled to colour it, being some of the neatest line art I have ever seen.
I downloaded the oroginal image and opened it with Paint Shop Pro 7 as the first layer of a new file. Next, I applied colours with a paint brush and added the stars using tubes as additional layers. I then applied soft blue overhead lights. Finally, I added a buttonized frame in three stages before overlaying the signiture text before merging all the layers into the finished image you see here.
I hope to do more collaboration with Lyvia, for not only is she a wonderful artist, but also a beautiful spiritual companion, who gives me unconditional love of the most rare kind indeed. I can never thank her enough. All I can do is return that unlimited love for all time. Blessings and good karma be.
These are the most recent additions to my gallery. Feel free to take all the time you want exploring the vast collection of art which I have submitted to dA as well as the huge collection of fine work from the many fellow deviants I have encountered and added to my favourites and watch. I am thanking you in advance.
This is a small sample of the deviations which I have submitted to my Gallery. The collection includes photographs, 3D renders, traditional artwork and literature. They are classified inside folders according to subject matter or theme.
Currently, there are over 3,640 items in the Gallery. If you decide to view them all, be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time. Thanks in advance for looking, faving and commenting. Enjoy.
These are pictures taken by myself and my fellow deviant and great friend from Clearwater, Florida, the illustrious Tom Hoehn, TPO player extraordinaire. The beautiful instrument in these pictures is a magnificent black waterfall console equipped four manual theatre pipe organ built by Rudolph WurliTzer in 1931 at Tanawanda, New York. This huge organ of fourty-seven ranks is installed at the Roaring 20's Pizza & Pipes restaurant in Ellenton, Florida www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… .
Here we have many pictures of perhaps the finest Theatre Pipe Organ in existance, the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida. It was originally installed at the Miami Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida.
Restoration and enlargement began in 1994. Designed by Allan Miller and mantained by Norman Arnold for the Manasota Theatre Organ Society www.mtos.us/ , a proud chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society www.atos.org/ , the instrument was dedicated in 2001.
A church is not complete without a massive pipe organ to thrill the congregation and bring them closer to the Makers. Here we have a hybrid classical instrument featuring a Rodgers custom four manual console, 33 ranks of pipework by Wicks, Ruffatti and Robert Morton, and 60 digital ranks by Rodgers. The organ is located at First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Florida www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… .
This collection of pictures shows off the electronic organs I have had the pleasure of playing. They include classical and cinema intruments as well as synthesizers and virtual organ setups.
There is one among them I truly miss, the Mighty Conn 3/17 analogue electronic theatre organ www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… which was with me during my stay in California during 2007-2008.
Also featured is a very large Allen 4/89 American Heritage digital classical organ www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… installed at the All Faith Chapel, China Lake Naval Air and Weopons Station, Ridgecrest, California.
Here we have a random sampling of favourite artworks chosen for their artistic excellence rather than technical perfection. Many styles of art are chosen from the hundreds of wonderful friends and loyal watchers here on dA, as well as works visited during random browsing sessions.
There are over 16,840 images in the Favourites Gallery, a little bit of something interesting and enjoyable for everyone. Artworks are arranged in folders by topic of interest, including photographs, 3D renders, traditional art and literature. If you like them be sure to post a comment or give a fave to the artist. Be sure to visit them. Enjoy!
Viva Bolivia! This wonderful and diverse country in South America is home to many Andean people, aboundant life, and the Charango. It is a place of high snow covered peaks and lush steamy lowland jungle.
This collection of wonderful artwork is only a small part of the vast Favourites Gallery here at the Slow Dog's Place. Please visit the Favourites Gallery to see the entire collection in greater detail.
~ SURIMANA - UN PUÑAL ENVENENADO
~ Los Kjarkas - Ukhamampi Munataxa
~ David Perez - Pachamama
~ Carlos Prado - Putucun Putucun
~ Los Jairas - Mama Criso
~ AWATIÑAS - DEL NEVADO
~ Enriqueta Ulloa - Taquiña
~ Aquila Charango Strings
~ Artesanía Bolivia
~ Bolivia Bella
~ Bolivia Stuff
~ Bolivia Web
~ Bolivian Handicraft
~ Charango Mall
~ Charango Nouveau
~ Charango Store
~ Cholitas Wrestling
~ Musica Andina
~ Music Box
~ Quispe Torrez Luthiers
~ slowdog on YouTube
~ Wilson Hoyle
The 1,000,000 point donation drive is now open. First to donate and get things started is my fellow TPO enthusiest, David Irwin, from Ashland, Virginia, also known on dA as Passacaglia28. Thanks, Dave, for getting the ball rolling!
The Slow Dog wants to give back to dA what has been given to him, the pleasure of great art. Loyal patrons and wonderful friends who have enjoyed his art for over six years are owed many thanks. Words are not enough. He must do more.
To that end, a donation pool has been set up to collect a massive amount of dA points, to be given to various deviants as contest prizes and awards of artistic merit. One million points are to be collected before the contests begin. We are talking about major awards and prizes here.
A lofty goal. One million points. Not for my use, instead, to award all my fellow deviants so they can get subscriptions and receive their favourite deviantSTUFF. This is a long term project, so there will be no time limit. However, when the bar hits one million, the contests will begin. Here is a teaser...
Best 3D TPO Render
Best Clothed BBW Render
Best Alien Planetscape
Best Windows Desktop Wallpaper
Best Artistic Nude BBW Photo
And so on...
Prizes and rules to be announced at the start of the contests, which will accept new deviations beginning on each contest start date. Older devs will not qualify.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation. It shows that you too believe in giving back to the community what it has given you. Blessings and good karma be.
Artwork by the original dA Hero
Ricardo on Community Spirit
It is a fine community we have here on dA, made up of a gajillion kinds of folks with a wide scope of interests, tastes, and styles. The internet has turned the world into a small village where people can bridge the barriers of language, culture, race, sex, or any other profound or urgent matter of humankind, all within a social environment which encourages the use of artistic means to achieve results. To that end, try to observe some common sense etiquette while moseying around in the Halls of Walnut Hill...
Rules of Engagement
~ Be kind to your fellow deviants, no matter what.
~ Extend that kindness to me and I will do likewise.
~ Never post destructive or bullying comments.
~ Please do not bring personal drama to my pages.
~ This account is free of politics and religion.
~ Please do not ask me for points or votes.
~ Points, badges or favorites require no thanks.
~ Favorites require no comments but all are welcomed.
~ Please do not tag me or invite me to a chat site.
~ Feel free to share what you know about art.
~ Feel free to trade llamas and leave friendly notes.
~ Do not claim my art as your own doings.
~ You do not need permission to use my art.
~ If you use my art as stock, link and credit me.
~ You do not have permission to steal my art.
~ Thieves will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I am an official beta tester. I am a member of the bug reporting team here on dA. I am also a member of the Microsoft Developer Team. I enjoy finding things that are not quite right and figuring out a solution. I have beta tested dA since becoming a member of this great community in 2004.
~ I have served as an Official Beta Tester for Google and Microsoft since 1994.
~ I have been a Premium Member and Official Beta Tester at DA for over nine years.
~ I design high end cutting edge computing solutions for the music industry.
I use Internet Explorer as a default browser, but that does not mean I use it all the time. I also use other major browsers to proof my web designs, in order to make sure my work is consistent and uniform across platforms. A well designed site will look the same on all computers worldwide, regardless of the OS and its apps. I run WHQL drivers on Intel and AMD Radeon compatible hardware.
I hear a lot of folks throwing off on Microsoft. It is easy to do unless you become aware of the sheer complexity of creating an operating system that will run well on a huge list of hardware that can be assembled and programmed in a myriad of mostly unknown and unpredictable ways by people who often know little about computers. My hat is off to this great company and the many hard working developer teams worldwide.
~ I support the following MS OS packages:
~ I work with the desktop and server varients as well as the new mobile apps and embedded devices.
~ I still own and operate older 32bit computers.
~ I also have some newer 64bit machines.
~ I work with home and office solutions.
What could be more awesome than the King of Instruments, the Mighty Pipe Organ? These magnificent mechanical marvels are among the largest machines constructed by the hand of man. No other musical instrument approaches their sonic power or frequency range.
Here in the spotlight are a few of the amazing pictures of pipe organs I think deserve extra exposure. Think of this little widget as SD's, or Slowdog's Deviations, sort of like the DD's given by the dA admins.
A well dressed Albino Llama
Ready for Winter in the Altiplano
LLAMAS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF LIFE!
Llama Herding on deviantART
~ If you view an artwork and add it to your favourites,
give a comment to the artist and perhaps a llama, too!
~ If somebody gives you a llama,
give them a llama in return.
~ The first time you visit somebody's page,
show them you liked their art with a llama.
~ Trade a llama if offered a point
from somebody who wants a llama from you.
~ If somebody adds your art to their faves,
give them the gift of a llama as thanks.
The llama (Lama glama) is a South American camelid, widely used as a pack and meat animal by Andean cultures since pre-hispanic times. They are everywhere in Bolivia. Many Native folks keep them as loving pets and hard working farm helpers. Llamas are very loyal creatures.
The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is between 1.7 meters (5.5 ft) and 1.8 meters (6 ft) tall at the top of the head. They can weigh between approximately 130 kilograms (280 lb) and 200 kilograms (450 lb). At birth, a baby llama (called a cria) can weigh between 9.1 kilograms (20 lb) and 14 kilograms (30 lb).
Llamas are very social animals and like to live with other llamas as a herd. They can be trained to work as a team and are highly obedient, though temperamental at time as most camalids all over the world are known to be.
Overall, the fiber produced by a llama is very soft and is naturally lanolin free. The Natives weave it into colourful fabric to make the famous Awayo and Apaca garments worn by the local rural folk who live in the mountains of South America.
Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25% to 30% of their body weight for several miles. They enjoy pleasing a loving master who rewards them for a job well done.
Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about 3 million years ago as the watershed moved and the climate changed. Humans had not yet appeared in America, being found in Africa at that time.
By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago) camelids were extinct in North America, around the time modern light skinned humans appeared in Sweden. Note that the Native Andean humans had appeared in the mountains of South America much earlier. Their culture was highly advanced by the time the fair skinned folks arrived in America about 800 years ago.
As of 2007, there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and, due to importation northward from South America in the late 20th century, there are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the US and Canada.
Click this WIKI en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llama to learn more.
I herd llamas on my deviant farm. The little buggers are everywhere on dA. Be it known that if you visit my page and I see your ike, you will get a llama from my farm. If I visit your page, I will leave a llama behind to give you love and respect. Also, if I add one of your works to my favourites, you will get a llama. And finally, everybody who gives me a llama will get one, a simple swap from your corral to mine. I do not buy llamas with points. However, I will trade a llama for a point from you. These points will be given to fellow deviants as awards of merit and appreciation.
My Herd of 7,101 Llamas
Current Llama Wrangler
Since September 3rd, 2013
Going out, 5,582
Coming in, 1,519
Out of every five llamas that come to my farm, only one gets to stay in the local herd. They breed rather quickly. I like finding homes for them. I am currently herding Fancy Llamas which will grow in numbers large enough to become King Llamas. I need only 989 more of these furry friends in order to advance my herd to royalty.
Greetings and welcome to the Slow Dog's Place. Danger Dan here. This journal edition is going to focus on digital technology. It's all about building a personal computer powered by Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit OEM edition, from picking out the parts to putting it all together and making it work flawlessly. Yes, it is simple to buy a pre-built machine, but it is far more satisfying to do it yourself. So let's roll out the antistatic mat, don the wrist strap, retrieve that pair of long nosed pliers and a good long Philips screwdriver and get started.
Ranger Ricardo needed a new workstation. For over ten years, he had relied on his trusty XP box named Delilah to get work done. She had served him well through many service calls and recording sessions as a highly reliable workhorse. Even today, this computer works well, although XP support has long ended. She sits silent, waiting on a job to do. It was time to think about her replacement. A new Windows 7 platform was in order, one modern enough to get through the first years of Windows 10. It had to be all of the following things.
01. Micro ATX case with front panel ODD and FDD bays
02. Socket H2 LGA1150 mATX motherboard
03. Multiple hot swap solid state boot drives
04. Rewritable M-Disc support with enterprise HDD storage
05. PCIeGen3 support for one 16X single slot video solution
06. Legacy PCI, serial and parallel port support
07. USB 2.0 and 3.0 internal and external port support
08. Platinum Plus certified hybrid switching single 12volt rail 860 watt PSU
09. 32GB (8GB x 4) nonECC RAM clocked at 1600MHz with a CAS of 11
10. A long and flexible upgrade path validated for workstation grade additions
Limits on how powerful the computer could be and how much it would cost were considered. It was concluded that a decent and reasonably powerful machine could be built from readily available modern parts by anyone with around two thousand dollars or less to invest in quality gear. Dependability and longevity are always marks of a well built system, even when purchasing parts on sale or over time. There is no way to future proof a build, but it can serve a user well for many years if things are planned out with forthought and attention to detail.
01. The budget for the finished core system shall not exceed $1,600
02. The parts shall be obtained from local sources or New Egg
03. The platform shall include the Intel Xeon E3 processor
04. Standard dual channel nonECC RAM shall work with the system
05. The machine shall fit into a two compartment micro ATX cube case
06. The mount for the PSU shall have a side air duct on the case cable panel
07. Thermal management shall be a dual fan push/pull air cooling solution
08. The machine shall be able to dual boot from front access hot swap media
09. Routine servicing shall be able to be done tool free.
10. The expected service life shall be five years from first boot date
The first thing to consider when building any custom computer is what type of machine it will be and who will be using it. Each different set of user tasks requires hardware and software that give the intended results without errors and a lot of waiting. Everybody wants to go fast. Everybody wants the latest and greatest thing they know about. Most people can get by with a premade off the shelf box. However, those seeking real power need to think deeper, outside the retail box. Ponder the purpose of the beast you intend to bring into being.
01. Will the rig be used by a layman?
02. Will the rig be used by a student?
03. Will the rig be used by a professional?
04. Will the rig be used by a developer?
05. Will the rig be used by a system integrator?
06. Will the rig be a test bed for hardware?
07. Will the rig be a test bed for software?
08. Will the rig be part of a network?
09. Will the rig be in a fixed private installation?
10. Will the rig be part of a public offering?
In the list of Ricardo's needs was a system that could serve as a mission critical platform for music production and design research along with light 3D rendering and photography post work. Since he is a songwriter and producer with over forty years of experience, having a recording studio in a portable box opens a lot of doors. Being able to render and process images and video rounds out the package, taking media all the way to retail ready on a single system. The main condition is that it must be able to do all this without crashing under full load.
At the heart of the computer is the secret to a failsafe build. Intel makes a variety of CPUs designed for the 1150 pin land grid array socket known as H2, the Haswell Refresh. Any i3, i5, i7 or E3 will work on the Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H motherboard according to a compatibility list at the OEM site for this product. The E3 part is known as a Xeon, Intel's professional line of x86 processors. Of note is what this chip actually is.
The consumer version of this CPU is known as the i7 4790S. Both chips have four cores, hyperthreading, and integrated graphics. Both will operate on standard dual channel RAM at 1600MHz. Neither can be overclocked. Gamers will choose the I7 4790K since it is actually an overclockable Xeon clone which lacks trusted instructions the Xeon is famous for.
A computer is only as tough as its case. It only lasts as long as it remains cool. Heat and dirt are the worst enemies a machine faces. The case has to keep dust out while taking cool air in and venting hot air out. It must be relatively quiet and not impose upon the workspace. It must be a thing of beauty when folks notice its presence. It should not attract attention, but yet it wants to be stylish and modern. Those are the things most people think about when choosing the right chassis. For Ricardo, the list was like this.
01. The finish shall be black
02. There shall be a side air vent for the PSU
03. There shall be no bragging bling
04. The unit shall have a cube form factor
05. The cube shall have two compartments
06. The motherboard shall lie flat
07. There shall be a removable motherboard tray
08. There shall be five expansion slot brackets
09. The drives shall be on tool free mounts
10. The case fan ports shall have dust filters
The Raijintek Aeneas Micro ATX Cube Case has all these features. The motherboard tray is held in by five thumb screws. Four thumbscrews hold the PSU in place. Another thumbscrew holds the PCI retention bracket. Smaller thumbscrews hold down the five PCI bus card brackets. The standard 3.5 inch mechanical hard drives mount in a cage below the motherboard tray on tool free sleds. Since the front panel has bays for standard floppy disk and optical disc drives, a clever solution was added for enabling two solid state drives to be slid into a mobile rack within the floppy bay to allow for dual boot or backup sessions.
When enthusiasts on a budget build a computer, one of the most overlooked items is the power supply unit. Either they go for a low powered device or try to save money on a sketchy model claiming to be something it is not with a bargain tag. The results can be disasterous. These can include the random reboot or the sudden crash where everything freezes and becomes unresponsive. Home users can excuse this behavior, but professionals loose data and money on critical system halts. It is always a wise decision to pick a PSU that has plenty of juice in reserve. The unit must deliver a clean and full power draw while remaining cool and quiet at 50% of total duty.
The next thing to consider is how data will be ran, stored and backed up. The fastest kind of bootable media are solid state drives. Mechanical drives are larger in capacity but much slower in performance. Then there is the need to keep backup copies of personal files, games, projects and other user files. The best way today is the M-disc for bluray burning. The platter uses inorganic technology, giving the media a very long shelf life both before and after being written to.
Ricardo needed the options of dual booting and instant backup. The media must be hot swappable from the front of the tower. The solution was elegant and simple. In the floppy bay below the bluray burner, a mobile docking cage made by Icy Dock was to be installed. This unit can hold two solid state drives on sleds which can be locked in place with a key. Each sled has an activity LED. The key locks both drawers simultaniously. Booting an OS is a matter of inserting the drive and booting up.
When all the parts had shipped to the House of Blue Flowers, it was time to start building Spanky. The process would be frought with a wee tad of peril, making Ricardo scratch his furry head more than once. Many important lessons were learned along the way.
The first thing to do was mount the processor in the socket on the motherboard. This is not hard at all. It is a delicate operation requiring a light touch and no force whatsoever. This is how to do it.
01. Take the motherboard and accessories out of the box
02. Put the accessories back inside the box and remove the board from its antistatic bag
03. Place the motherboard on the box with the black CPU socket cover facing up
04. Make sure the black socket cover is in place on the CPU socket
05. Remove the processor from its package and lay it on the plastic tray it came in
06. Push down on the little bar beside the socket to release it from under the hook
07. Lift the bar upwards and swing it back to open the CPU socket
08. Do not touch the pins inside the socket since it is sensitive to static discharge
09. Look for two small pips along the sides of the CPU socket
10. Look for two small notches along the sides of the CPU
11. Look for the little arrow in the corner of the socket
12. Take the CPU out of the plastic tray without touching the underside
13. Orient the CPU so that the arrow on the socket matches the arrow on the CPU
14. Very carefully lower the CPU into the socket with no force
15. Look to see that the pips on the socket are engaging the notches on the CPU
16. Close the socket by lowering the bar and locking it under the hook
17. The protective black CPU socket cover pops off
18. Store the cover inside the motherboard box
19. The CPU is now installed on the motherboard
The second thing to do is mount the motherboard on the tray provided inside the case. The Raijintek Aeneas chassis has a removable tray held in by five thumbscrews around the edges of the tray, three on the backplane and two over the hard drive sleds.
01. Remove the case from its packaging
02. Remove the two side panels and store them in the box
03. Remove the motherboard tray by undoing the five thumbscrews
04. Look at the tray standoffs and make sure they match the motherboard holes
05. Place the motherboard on the standoffs taking care not to scratch the board
06. Put screws into all the holes and carefully tighten them down but not too tight
07. Locate the I/O shield among the accessories inside the motherboard box
08. Very carefully align the shield with the opening on the backplane of the case
09. Make sure the shield orientation matches the jacks on the motherboard
10. Push the shield into the opening with care since it has sharp edges
11. Make sure all four corners of the shield snap into place
12. The motherboard is now ready for installation into the case
01. Remove the cooler from its packaging leaving the small plastic cover attached to the cold plate
02. Remove the fan from the cooler by pulling gently on the middle of the wire clips
03. Find the Intel mounting kit and remove the contents from the box
04. Orient the backplate so that the three cutouts clear the three screws holding the CPU socket
05. Carefully insert the studs through the holes around the CPU socket
06. Place a plastic spacer on each stud surrounding the CPU socket
07. Put the two metal brackets onto the studs so that the cooler points in the desired direction when mounted
08. Put a thumbscrew on each stud, tightening them equally in a star pattern but not too tight
09. Wipe the CPU lid with a lint free paper towel moistened with 91% isopropyl alcohol
10. Put a pea sized dab of thermal paste in the center of the CPU lid
11. Wipe the heat sink cold plate with a lint free paper towel moistened with 91% isopropyl alcohol
12. Lower the heat sink onto the two threaded studs sticking up from the metal brackets
13. Carefully tighten the hollow screws on the heatsink down onto the studs using the provided screwdriver
14. Turn the screws down equally on both studs until they stop being sure not to overtighten them
15. Reinstall the fan so that the label faces the heat sink and the power cable is at the bottom of the fan
16. Remove the second fan from its package and locate the mounting hardware in the cooler accessory box
17. Remove the rubber grommets from the four corners of the fan on the unlabeled side
18. Locate the four heavy grommets in the common parts bag and place them on the fan
19. Locate two strips of padding and install them along the sides of the cooler from top to bottom
20. Locate the two wire brackets and install them on the fan so that the label faces away from the heat sink
21. Install the fan so that the label faces away from the heat sink and the power cable is at the bottom
22. Locate the wye adapter cable and plug the two fan cables into it
23. Plug the other end of the wye adapter cable into the CPU fan socket on the motherboard
24. The CPU cooler is now installed
WELCOME TO THE SLOW DOG'S PLACE
Greetings and best wishes to all fellow deviants and other visitors who come here. I am the Slow Dog, also known as Ranger Ricardo, Yellow Team Leader with the Alcoa Ridge Runners, a local Blount County group of hikers who go out on weekend hikes and camps along randomly chosen trails in the backcountry areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I believe in helping folks find real lasting joy every chance I get using the meager talents given to me. To this end, the artwork I have made and submitted to dA is presented in topical folders within my gallery, along with the thousands of favourites collected over my decade of dA membership. With the best of regards, I thank you very much for visiting my little corner of deviantART. Everyone is always welcome here.
On these pages, you will see the grandest of mankind's musical creations up close and personal in all its glory, the King of Instruments, the Mighty Theatre Pipe Organ of the Silent Movie Age. You will also see beautiful landscapes, lovely women, and places where humans have lavished fantastic splendor upon homes, churches, and castles of all sizes. Tucked in between all this, you will find other objects of man's desire as well as the creatures who share this planet with us. Please enjoy your visit.
Expanding mankind's mind and world since 1956.
The ISS Station by 2753Productions
Space Launch System by GeneralTate
My Main Website
"It's all about the King of Instruments!"
The main website for Walnut Hill Productions is at the Theatre Organ Home Page. Founded by Jerry Kautz of Vintage Organ fame, the site is free to anyone wishing the world to see the vintage organ in their care. This includes all Theatre Pipe Organs, Church Pipe Organs, and certain sought after electronic instruments and accessories. To learn more, click the link below...
|So how would one describe me? Obviously, I am a flower child of the '60's, a mild mannered farm boy from East Tennessee who loves music and art, living by the way of the Hippy and following the teachings of Pachamama. Some would call me spiritual yet somewhat pagan, being a scientist by nature, a rather retiring and crusty old professor who holds Jessie Crawford, Uncle Albert and Madre Terra in the highest of reverent esteem. I also love the dearest younglings who bless me every day with their presence in my life.|
I like music in all its forms. I am an active musician, though I officially retired from the industry years ago. Folks in the Theatre Pipe Organ world know me as the Bone Doctor. At Rocky Branch Community Center in Walland, Blount County, Tennessee, I am known as Guru. Every Friday night, one can find me playing mountain music with those whom I grew up with, fellow students, close friends, cousins and family.
I am a man who enjoys nature with a passion. Hiking and camping in the remote backcountry are the ultimate forms of rest and recreation for me among a few close friends. It is what I do on most weekends these days.
I an outgoing in public. However, I am a gentlemen with the ladies. To me, women are the artwork created by the Makers. They come in all sizes, shapes and colours, and they are all beautiful, each in their own wonderful way.
Women deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, adoration and equality as humans, for they are better equipped to handle stressful scenerios, and as an added bonus, appreciate art in ways men cannot.
When I am not building computers or making music, I can be found outside doing the greenskeeping, gardening, riding my bike, or observing the sky and woodlands during hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I enjoy scale model construction, bowling, rollerskating and swimming. Diving from high places is a real thrill. I also enjoy flying in small airplanes. Anything that goes fast or has lots of power is pleasure for me, because I am a thrill seeker at heart. Boys never grow up. They just get bigger toys.
Men go from being content commanding the playpen to taking over the world. I simply want to become one with Nature and have fun doing it. The trick to living happy is remembering what made you happy to begin with as a child. As I was growing up, two things thrilled me the most. Romping around in Nature and human space travel. As a middle aged man, these items still bring me great fascination and joy. And all my life, the music has never stopped playing...
Year of the Monkey
Zodiac - Libra
Tennessee Flag Wallpaper by ~ChickenEyes
Although I go by Ranger Ricardo here on dA, I was born Richard Elmer Mogridge of William Edwin Mogridge and Mary Naomi Perkins in Maryville, Tennessee on October 21st, 1956. I grew up in Townsend, Tennessee on the farm known all over Blount County as Fallbranch Hollow. I am primarily of Scottish descent, though the 1/8 Cherokee blood in my veins from my Dad's side of the family dominates my genetics.
The land I grew up in, which is mostly wooded, was originally purchased in 1930 for 10,000 dollars by my grandparents on my father's side, William Frederick Mogridge and Mary Alice Walker, who had relocated there from their previous home in Zainsville, Ohio where my father was born in 1923. Most of my people are from New York.
The beautiful farm is famous for a spring fed waterfall located at the north end of the property where a limestone cliff of 115 feet in height separates the mountains above from the valley below. It is lush woodland that looks like a fantasy scene straight out of a Walt Disney movie.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only three miles east of the farm, now owned by Romulus Myers, Attorney At Law, who purchased the 40 acre tract from the family in 1976 for 100,000 dollars. Today, it is worth over a million.
|East Tennessee is a unique place. To be found here are some of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth, where virgin undisturbed woodlands still grow. Folks who live here hold this magical land in such high reverance that a large area of wilderness, encompassing over 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, has been set aside as a nature preserve known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.|
Over a half million acres of mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and streams combine with diverse wildlife, hardwood and evergreen forests to greet over nine million visitors per year. It is the most visited National Park in the United States, straddling the Tennessee/North Carolina border along the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy being outdoors and hiking in this wonderful place enough to have a strong desire to lend a helping hand to the land I call home.
The Smoky Mountains National Park has no admittence fee. Keeping it attractive for visitors while making sure that Nature stays in balance requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Many opportunities await folks who come here, not only to have fun and get away from it all, but also, to learn about the park and take part in the stewardship of this national treasure.
There are three ways to get involved if you share my passion for the wilderness. Obtain a job as a Park Ranger. Join the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Become a member of the Volunteers in Parks program. You can help us make a difference. We can save the wilderness for those who follow in the years to come. Click on a logo above to get started on your journey.
There are two kinds of personnel working within the staff of the National Park Service. There are the real Park Rangers, proudly wearing their trademark campaign hats, appointed federal lawgivers who get paid to work for the Department of the Interior. These hard working men and woman carry guns and proudly wear the arrowhead patch on their left shirt sleeve and a badge above their left shirt pocket. Without these legendary American Icons, the park would not exist. We all owe the Park Rangers a great debt of gratitude. The Park Rangers are the true heroes of the wilderness.
Then, there are the many people who work tirelessly without pay right beside the Park Rangers. They do not carry guns but they do wear a Ranger uniform with the Volunteer patch on the left shirt sleeve. These enthusiastic and dedicated workers are part of the official park staff. Their reward is knowing the National Parks will be around for future generations to enjoy. As a dedicated park advocate, I am working toward enrolling in the service of the Volunteers in Parks. My intentions are to adopt a backcountry hiking trail with primative campsites to care for.
During the everyday responsibilities of working in the Smokies, the Park Rangers depend on the Volunteers, forming a great team of enthusiastic folks with an unlimited passion for sharing the love of Nature and preserving it for everyone to experience in the years to come. Hard work is always a prelude to more fun than you ever thought possible. We have a lot of work to do in these mountains, and we have a bunch of fun doing it. Join us and live the adventure.