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Topic: Thor Tampers (23 msgs / 502 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
Nice job Les, good luck with the business, I know I've have enjoyed my =
custom tamper, and has with the addition of the Zassenhaus hand grinder, =
allows me now to pull good shots on my Krupps Gusto.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

2) From: Les & Becky
Well Gang, I finally got a web site going for my tampers.  You can go to
www.thortamper.com and catch all of the news, and see the new tampers that
are looking for new homes.  Now that I have this little project done, I
think I will go have a JBM Marvis Banks Americano.
Les
Roasting and turning tampers in S. Oregon
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3) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Les & Becky" 
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Cool progress.
BTW, I wasn't going to mention it, thought it was a typo last time, but
again, so it's "Mavis Banks" not "Marvis"! Maybe they're cousins...:-)
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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4) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 19:28 1/5/03, Les & Becky typed:
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You do absolutely beautiful work Les.  And don't apologize for the 
price!  The craftsmanship are worth it.
My only "critique" is that is site loads VERY slowly.  I don't know if the 
picture files are huge or it is just the software you are using.  Just my 
$0.02.
--
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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5) From: Les & Becky
Thanks for the feedback John.  Others on the group have chimed in with much
needed help.  My picture files are too big.  I will work on reducing them
tonight!
Les

6) From: Lahtaydah
In a message dated 1/6/2003 9:53:41 AM Central Standard Time, 
alchemist writes:
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Hi, I have the same critique.  I never got to see more than 2 pics on the 
site because it loaded soooo slowly.  
I have a question too.  I have a couple coffee shops and my baristas would 
love your tampers.  However, after tamping, we turn the tamp over and knock 
the loose grounds off the sides of portafilter to make it nice and level.  
How much damage are we going to cause to your beautiful tampers when we do 
this?  Do you have any protective metal on the non-tamping end to do the 
knocking with? 
Thanks, 
Take care, Lee

7) From: R.N.Kyle
vast improvement Les, The pictures load a lot faster now, nice job on =
the site, and of course it goes unsaid, really nice work on the tampers.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

8) From: Les & Becky
I have reduced my jpeg files by well over 60 percent so all of you that had
trouble with the long load time on my website should be able to see the
tampers much quicker.  It still needs work!  I want to thank all of you for
your advice and help getting my pages looking better.  I have some more
tampers that should be ready by next week.  My mentor (for woodturning who
trained under the masters in Europe) made me a tool for doing concave
bottoms and showed me a technique that is faster than the first two I made.
So, keep checking the site for what is coming. www.thortamper.com
Les
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9) From: jim gundlach
Les,
      The pages load much better now.  I'm looking forward to seeing 
your new items.
Jim Gundlach
On Sunday, January 12, 2003, at 02:19 AM, Les & Becky wrote:
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10) From: Bruce Harlick
Les,
The new pages load very fast and are a great mix of text and graphics.
Excellent job!
Bruce
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Freelance writer, editor, game designerhttp://www.newblackboard.comICQ #4166560
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11) From: espresso gin
My new Thor Tamper is on it's way over the Cascades to me as I type.
Les had just made a
New Guinea Striped Ebony Tamper with a Lingum Vitae base, it is simply
beautiful. Review to follow as soon a I get my hands on it!
ginny

12) From: Les & Becky
Ginny,
Thanks for your enthusiastic endorsement.  I am glad that the New Guinea
Striped Ebony tamper is going to one of the list members.  At least I feel
that it is still in the "family."  It was fun to make and it is a great wood
to work with.  I just wish I could get more of it!  It is difficult to find
in the first place, and then to find it in a size thick enough for tampers
is difficult too!  I do have some Nigerian Ebony that wasn't priced out of
this world that I will be turning in a few months.  I currently have some
exceptional Myrtlewood tampers on Ebay under the heading "Coffee Tampers."
Les
Enjoying some Stout Amber blend and turning tampers in S. Oregon.

13) From: espresso gin
Well, I have this piece of art in my hand, wonderful

14) From: Mark A. Chalkley
Les,
It's a shame that there aren't more vinyl (as in LPs, records, albums)
lovers on the list.  The two custom "records tampers" you made for me
are truly works of art, and they do wonders for the sound quality on
my 80-pound 70's-era Technics turntable with the lava-glass plinth,
especially the second larger-diameter one you made.  The only downside
is that visitors now ask questions about the "record tamper" instead
of the stereo...
One thing's for sure: when I get a decent espresso machine, it's going
to have to have a Thor tamper to go with it.  I just wish I needed one
to go with the Royal balance brewer!  Hey, there's an idea:  maybe we
could talk about your doing a base for it out of something fancy. It
wouldn't involve any turning, though, which is obviously your love. To
be honest, the plain natural-color oak base is way too under-stated
for the rest of it.
Mark C.
On Saturday, May 17, 2003, 7:03:55 PM, Les & Becky wrote:
LB> Ginny,
LB> Thanks for your enthusiastic endorsement.  I am glad that the New Guinea
LB> Striped Ebony tamper is going to one of the list members.  At least I feel
LB> that it is still in the "family."  It was fun to make and it is a great wood
LB> to work with.  I just wish I could get more of it!  It is difficult to find
LB> in the first place, and then to find it in a size thick enough for tampers
LB> is difficult too!  I do have some Nigerian Ebony that wasn't priced out of
LB> this world that I will be turning in a few months.  I currently have some
LB> exceptional Myrtlewood tampers on Ebay under the heading "Coffee Tampers."
LB> Les
LB> Enjoying some Stout Amber blend and turning tampers in S. Oregon.
LB>

15) From: Tara Kollas
I just noticed that SM now has some really beautiful Thor Tampers in stock.=
 
I have a Thor for my Gaggia - they are truly amazing and beautiful tampers.=
 
Anyone who just has the lousy plastic tamper that comes with most espresso=
 
machines should check them out.
Tara

16) From: Larry Dorman
Anyone that just has the crappy piece of plastic does NOT have a tamper... =
I 
fully support your recommendation for the Thor tampers...
LarryD
On 9/14/05, Tara Kollas  wrote:
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17) From: Sue
Hi, I noticed the tampers as well. It's wonderful that Tom has decided to=
 
offer them. They truly look like a beautiful piece of functional art Les! I=
 
bought a pour-over coffee maker and cup made out of cocobolo while I was in=
 
Costa Rica. I just love them both. A matching Thor Hammer and handle for my=
 
Andreja sure would be nice! I'm saving my pennies........... Sue
 
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18) From: Mark Tosiello
Tara Kollas wrote:
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Don't get me started.  Les has made me:
1 Myrtlewood Thor Hammer, convex
1 Purpleheart/Amboyna Tamper (flat)
1 Purpleheart/Amboyna PF handle for my Tea
His craftsmanship is magnificent, I'm so glad Tom is offering these.  
I've actually never tamped with anything else, so I'm VERY spoiled.  I'm 
saving for Cocobolo, Ironwood, Coffee, and others....
Les, if you are reading this...Heidi says a bit hello!!!
Sue....GET ONE SOON.
Mark

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When I desperately wanted to replace the plastic drain plunger supplied wit=
h 
my neat Capresso, and the Mazzer Major was enroute, I looked in vain for a=
 
53mm Thor. I found none available for purchase, barter, theft or any means=
 
of acquisition.
The old plastic drain plunger was 49.5mm dia. But I wanted to match the 
filter basket, not the plastic thingie. The 52.3mm filter baskets of my 
first pumper, a Mr. Coffee, worked very well with a baby food jar/ lid, 
thank you. The jar is a nice diameter, and about the same height, so makes=
 
for a stable tamper combo. Werkt good.
The 53.4mm Capresso basket absolutely wanted a 53mm dia. Lignum Vitae foot=
 
dancing around on it. One of these days... the Lignum Vitae is going to 
dance! That wood is so dense, it doesn't float, and it was used for elevato=
r 
guide rails. 
For now, my eBay solution has its own elegance. A vendor had some 5-piece=
 
tampers all tricked out with S/S interchangeable feet. I got the 53mm 
convex, so I can steam the foot and it stays hot. I steam the PF, pull the=
 
filter and grind 14.0g into it at 10/100 on the Mazzer. (Look Ma- new 
burrs!)
The bottom of the filter is flat, so I set it on a cutting surface and it=
 
stays put while I tamp. Maybe 15- 20 pounds while I wobble or precess the=
 
tamper slightly "to pack the coffee evenly." My theory. But I'm still 
shell-shocked from the (several) times I did that with the plastic drain 
plunger thingie- that's Too Small as supplied, by the way- with the filter=
 
still sitting in the PF holder.
You know the rest of the story- - once, the PF holder tipped, the coffee 
became un-packed, and the filter and holder proceded in different paths off=
 
the counter top. New words come forth- a new self evaluation: Du elende 
Schnitzelwinklende Scheisskopf!! I was speaking in a tongue. I think I went=
 
blind. It was some of the gorgeous coffee Kona MiKe sent me.
Enter the Celtic Critic, Stage Left: "That would have been a good one, Ray-=
 
smells so nice in here..."
"Aw, love- I'll get the vac- will you help me clean my Damnable Mess?" And=
 
she did. There. I admitted it.
Sorry, MiKe- I think I got eight other Superb doubles out of your beans, an=
d 
wasted no more grains of ground coffee since then.
I had done that before, but never with Kona MiKe's. That was the last straw=
.
The plastic drain plunger thingies limit the stable packing force you can=
 
apply to Zero! 
I couldn't fancy driving a broken-off plastic thingie shank into the palm o=
f 
my hand, so the era of ersatz tampers drew to a close, in my case.
I like the looks and feel of the art-deco job I have, but if my industrial=
 
auction friend picks up another 4-group espresso machine like he did 15 or=
 
20 years ago in an auction lot, he won't get the same response from me now=
 
as he did then: "Hey, Ray- I picked up this espresso maker. You know 
anything about these? Can you store it in your shop for me? Do you want it?=
" 
John had no use for it, and neither did I, so, "No, Yes, and No."
Shut my mouth. Next time it will be, "I'll learn, Yes, and Oh, Yeah! " 
Grinders and tampers to follow.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
No place found for bad grinders- Mmm- Masarap! Ayos na ang Kasunod.

20) From: Les
Mark,
Thanks for the kind words! I have just added a new item to tempt you all. I=
 
have added a coffee measure. This way the non-espresso drinkers can have 
some functional art. You can check the first two out at *http://tinyurl.com/brnpg** *Actually it is the=
 
2nd and third, I kept the first one for myself! Say HI to Hiedi. I enjoyed=
 
working with her to make it a surprise.
 Les
 On 9/15/05, Mark Tosiello  wrote: 
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21) From: Spencer Thomas
Oh, my.  Those ARE lovely.  I might just have to replace the plastic
piece-of-cr*p that I'm using now.
=S
On 15/09/05, Les  wrote:
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22) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
Just wait until you discover how good they feel to tamp with.
      Jim Gundlach
On Sep 16, 2005, at 9:35 AM, Spencer Thomas wrote:
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23) From: Clifton Burkett
I have a PF handle and Tamper combo for my Giotto which is great! I sent =
him
a La Marzocco PF handle which I had reworked the tabs to fit my Giotto's =
E61
and it looks great! Now if I had steamer and hot water knobs that =
matched I
would be set! 
Da Odie - SomeWhere in Florida with
Clif the Human and Garfield the Tabby


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