Hello from Connecticut
I missed this forum entirely, sorry! I made my first sourdough starter back in early May, and I was so excited, I Googled 'Wild Yeast' and found the blog of baker Susanfnp, who told me about TheFreshLoaf. I went to TFL straightaway and was dazzled, what with Sourdough Starters to learn about and Artisan Baking and a great archive (thanks, Floyd!). I bumbled right in, withour properly introducing myself. Now, 2 plus months later I finally read, slowly, through the forums and see Introductions!
So, I have been baking bread for five years or more, learning and reading all the while. Whenever I am unsure about a technique or a fermentation time or a retarding issue, I look on TFL. You bakers are an inspiration!
Just today I was thinking my lame was getting -- no no, I won't say it -- dull, so I checked on TFL. I learned that back in January 2007 Gloria Mielke mentioned sfbi.com as a source for lames. Sure enough they have a handle with disposable razor blades, and will sell it to you a lot cheaper than some companies sell their disposable lames!
Finally, I live in New Haven, Connecticut, right on the Long Island Sound, hence my handle, Soundman. To everyone else outside of the world of the web I call myself David. Well, there are several others so named, so Soundman will have to do!
Thanks again to everyone at TFL!