brucegodlesky - Sat 02 Feb 2019 07:05:36 #0
if ol Phil sees his shadow today.......
Single digits all week have kept the shop at a standstill.
This week looks a lot better, 50 degree difference. Geez!!
Thanks darrell for keeping this site open!
brucegodlesky - Sun 03 Feb 2019 08:24:38 #0
Does anyone have a sure-fire easy way of cleaning India stones? I have a nice lil collection of them and they are all kinda clogged up.
I've heard all sorts of ways from soaking in coal oil to baking.
Loren T - Tue 05 Feb 2019 06:43:20 #0
Stone in it's natural state is subjected to water all the time. I would think that soaking them in warm water with some Dawn dish washing detergent would cut the oils and brushing with a bristle brush would remove the particles. Then a GOOD rinsing soak or 2 and finally air drying. Trying one would tell you.
While I'm here, it's time to say I hope and pray for y'alls health problems to be successfully handled. I haven't done well in the shop for a couple years, and have been having chest pains. Angiogram determined clear arteries, but a bad heart valve. Waiting to get a new one soon. I have been told by several people that I will feel like a new man. Here's hoping.....
Darrell - Tue 05 Feb 2019 14:39:36 #0
Loren, Go for the pig valve as you don't have to do blood thinner as you do with the mechanical ones.
You WILL feel like a new man. I went from just moving too much energy.
Chuck - Fri 08 Feb 2019 00:14:47 #0
LOREN-- Hope everything goes good for you.
They cleaned one side of my neck, will do the other side probably in May.
Hope this side works. I don't seem to run into as many door facings and not passed out since the over haul.
Funny thing about failing health. Wife and kids worry more than you do.
BUT when Helen stumps her toe it scares the fire out of me. They were trying to drain a pint off of her day before yesterday and the damn thing quit running.
Her blood is too sticky, hemocrats are tooo high.
Doctor did not call back---pissed me off.
CY WAGNER our second Grandson finally made it to Craig Re -Hab Hospital in Denver.
JOE-- BENNIE WOOLEY passed he was BILL JOHN"S(Cimarron, & Miami) brother. That makes a clean sweep on all the Wooley siblings.
It was Bennie's son CHIP that won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness a few years back
Good night all
God Bless everyone of you.
BRUCE get some long handles and ear flaps for the shop.
Bert - Fri 08 Feb 2019 12:17:56 #0
Sandpile, I have personal experience with both erythrocytosis and concomitant polycythemia; thick blood and high hemoglobin counts. The hematocrit is also known as packed cell volume and is measure of the number of red blood cells you have in a given volume of blood. Normally the medico's want to see you at 40-45% red blood cells. You will have high hemoglobin according to how many extra blood cells you have as a percentage of the blood volume. Top of the red cell scale for folks is 45, top of the scale for hemoglobin is 17. My blood gets sucked 1st of every month, my hematocrit runs 50.5 to 52 but has been as high as 55. Hemoglobin runs right around 18.5 but has been over 19. I just tell folks normal people have 30 wt blood and I have 90 wt headed for gear oil...
Docs are all over the map on causes from diet to malfunctioning CPAP machine, carbon monoxide exposure, to genetics to a mild (if there is such a thing?) form of leukemia.
First thing might be to be sure Helen doesn't have sleep apnea. Apnea causes low blood oxygen which causes the kidneys to secrete a hormone that tells your body to make more red cells. Next would be bunch of blood tests for genetic DNA markers. Last resort, which I haven't had and am trying to avoid, is a bone marrow biopsy.
Also, I take a baby aspirin every morning. But that needs to be cleared through Helen's doc first. Aspirin doesn't 'thin' blood like a lot of people think. It binds with the red cell's wall and makes it harder for the red cells to stick together and form a clot. Kinda like WD40 for your blood.
About Craig Hospital. A year after graduating from the Air Force Academy, my favorite nephew got his skivvies in a wad over some female and got on his motorcycle drunk, no helmet, short and a t-shirt. He went through a chain link fence and landed on the right front of his skull. After a long stint, like Cy, in ICU in CO Springs he went to Craig. I went back to Denver to check the place out, his family lives in Hawaii.
Craig is FIRST CLASS, State of the Art; the physical, mental and emotional therapy programs they have for brain injuries are amazing. Koa will never be completely recovered but 3 years down the road come Memorial Day he's a walking, talking, living by and supporting himself young man.
Docs told me the keys to recovery for young people are their inherent physical strength and their determination to recover. My own observation is it's PTSD and one of the keys is to not accept and use as an excuse for not trying, but to learn to live with and work with any limitations one might have.
Cy couldn't be in a better place to begin his recovery.
Chuck - Sun 17 Feb 2019 19:05:24 #0
BERT: Very interesting post on the blood deal. They put Helen on a CPAP machine. Been three weeks we cannot see any difference. But will stay with it till the next blood-work. She has been having high hematocrits--52-- hemoglobins at 18.
Helen is allergic to Aspirin.
We are trying to get a hold of this condition. Hematocrits seem to be as sticky as bubble gum.
I had this blood disorder a few years back. I had a massive heart attack.
I quit smoking, changed my diet, had radiation for Prostrate cancer and the last couple of blood work-ups show my Hemacrits below 45, HG at 15.5====Have not had to drain anything in almost a year.
Cy seems to be coming around some. Slow process, but he is determined to get better. His Mama Sheri and for the most part his wife Laekyn have been with him every day for six months. His brother Brady stayed in the room with him for 4 months. NWTH in Amarillo put him in a big ICU room and put two day-beds in CY's room. He has had support from all of us. Prayer warriors and the Good Lord are what has kept him going. Then he is as tough as an ole Blue Tick Hound-- that has helped him also.
BERT thanks for the info. I read it to Helen.
Blessings to all
Loren T - Fri 01 Mar 2019 05:56:34 #0
Went in Tuesday at 6 AM, had new valve by 10 AM, Had lunch at 11:30. Went home Wednesday. Walked 1500 steps Thursday (in honor of the patron god of smithing ).
Wish I'd had it done couple years ago. SOOO looking forward to getting back in the shop.
Chuck - Tue 05 Mar 2019 22:21:02 #0
LOREN T--- that is great.
Glad to hear the good news.
Just don't over do it for a bit.
It is nice to have a new lease on life.
Makes sure the A.C. keeps working the cool weather will over before we know it.
God Bless all of you.
Alex Ivey - Wed 06 Mar 2019 21:17:49 #0
Chuck, I'm still praying for Cy. Good to see there's progress.
Tom C., Chevy wagon is looking great, sorry I didn't get to see you at the Richmond Conf. Maybe NY.
Loren, happy to see the new heart valve is working for you.
Been kind of quite here as of late, March already and only 13 post this year, so thought I'd stick one in.
Gas $1.72/gal at Sams, propane .60/lb, We've had pretty good winter moisture, life is good.
Joe, hope you can find a good neighbor taker on the 20 acres, can't be me I like it here in Bosque Farms. I still have HP cylinders for you. Wanted to ask if you know Pep Gomez over in Las Cruces, he is doing some fantastic pattern weld, using a modified Cliff Carrol gas forge, no flux. I visited his well equiptd shop a while back. Check it out google "lost arts forge" and you can see page after page of his work.
Anyone hear how Sweany is doing with his heart problems, last heard from here back Nov. last year. Also John Odom??
Anyone know a source for a 10 inch serrated contact wheel,70 duro rubber, bearings for 1/2 inch bolt, lots of them on ebay but all have 30 mm bore.
Darrell, can,t thank you enough for this site, thank you thank you. LXIV,
Chuck - Mon 11 Mar 2019 18:41:16 #0
ALEX IVEY-- Glad to see your post. Cy is a bit better.
How about Kay and Joe. I am almost afraid to ask.
Michael Miller lives pretty close to Sweaney AND Mills. I will see if Mike knows anything about James.
They all are members of the (damn old man's syndrome)---SALTFORK Blacksmithing.
LOREN hope your back jumping the rope and getting shape.
JOE-- Don't be too quiet too long. They will start saying Hail Marys and talking about good a fellow you were.
We have CY'S Dad"s bitch and half a dozens pups. They are almost for weeks old.
Really good set of registered Red Asussie pups. CY is in Crag Re-Hap in Englewood, Colo. and his Dad is teaching in Lake Arthur, NM.
Scott needed a little help, whelping this gyp and raising the pups.
Blessings to all
brucegodlesky - Tue 19 Mar 2019 10:47:44 #0
ridin' the roller coaster here in w Pa. One day warm and sunny then 2 days snow and rain, then freezin' cold. Over and over.
Gettin' a day in the forge shop here and there. hammer is still heaved so it's all handwork and press.
Sweany is on the mend. Kinda think this slowed him down a bunch.
Lost 2 dogs in a space of 3 days. Kinda quiet round here...... The remaining one, Bell, keeps kinda lookin' sideways at me......... Sure she wonders where her buddies went to....
I've had dogs around all my life. It don't get any easier losing them.
Seems like I spend the first several months of each year doing donation knives. Now to get down to makin' some cash. Ha!
Tom C - Mon 01 Apr 2019 09:20:58 #0
One of the earliest pieces of metalwork I did, back in '77, is being removed from the establishment where it was installed. The new owners haven't said where it's going. You know you've been around for a while when your early creations become surplus. I put a couple of pics in the gallery.
Mike B - Mon 01 Apr 2019 19:19:16 #0
I'd be hard pressed to name three restaurants that have been in business since '77. I give all the credit to your artwork (grin).
Chuck - Thu 04 Apr 2019 00:36:09 #0
It is sad to think about all the folks that have quit posting on our site.
It would be nice to find out how Mills, the Davis', Franklin, James Sweaney are doing. The Saltfork Blacksmithing bunch is a great group.
THOMAS POWERS is probably going strong if he has not gotten too bad on the diabetics.
JOE how you feeling ?
Alex How is Joe and Kay Cordova. How is Jerry Duran. He probably won't remember me.
The sad part about growing older ---is the loss of contact with the people you have met.
I went through medical test today that turned my deal around. The deal I have been putting up turns out to be a big kidney stone that is not really painful but is causing problems. May get it out in the next little bit.
God Bless all
Buck Brown - Thu 04 Apr 2019 11:28:34 #0
Hopefully there are a lot of folks, like me, that read every day but don't post enough.
Chuck, I'm glad you found out the reason for your troubles. Get rid of that rascal. Don't know if you have ever had one that decided to travel, but it's no picnic I can tell you!
It's finally spring here in northern Arizona/southern Utah. We had a wonderful wet winter, the first in over 20 years. We've already had as much rain this year as we had all last year. Western Colorado has had record snowfall. We're hoping the runoff will greatly raise the level of Lake Powell. It's in sad shape now at 50% elevation.
Thanks again, Darrell!
Jeremy K - Thu 04 Apr 2019 11:36:16 #0
Tom that is a great piece you did - did you ask if they are not going to use it that you'd be interested in it? No sense in it getting tossed out and not being used somewhere.
plain ol Bill - Sun 14 Apr 2019 17:54:17 #0
The beast has returned
I made this hammer about 20 years or so ago and used it for many years. Ended up selling to a good friend and bought a Sahinler. Sold the Sahinler a couple of years ago. Well the friend passed on just before Christmas and the hammer came home. It started out with a Kinyon control system and my friend put the KZ controls on it. The bae is 5" plate, the anvil is 9" round 4140. The rear riser and head are made of 6X6X3/8 tubing and can be moved up or down in 2" increments (to allow for any tooling I could think of). All bolted together using 3/4 grade 8 bolts. The cylinder is 2 1/2 X 12 w/ 1/2" ports. The hammer itself weighs in around 115# and runs on brass slides.
After bringing it home I did remount the controls to suit me, replaced the old 2"cylinder and generally tweaked it. I DO LIKE these controls! Much better controls than the old Kinyon were. I see how Ken Zitur can crack an egg on his hammer using these controls.
Have not posted in a long time, but do still read the forum. Thought you folks might like to hear from me (still alive and well out here).
Chuck - Sat 20 Apr 2019 00:24:05 #0
This and that.
Since my blade making Grandson is laid up.. Bad car wreck August 13TH.
CY Wagner was going to be the one to take hold, go to making knives Axes. All kinds of blacksmithing.
Up to date Cy can not get out bed by himself. He has just the last week started, kinda controlling his right side.
God willing he will gradually get more back.
The good Doctor went in after the kidney stone---Got it broke up and it is coming out. Has been a bit of a grimace. Kinda makes a fellow thank he might be pulling fish hooks out.
The did find a small cancer in the bladder. They sent it off to confirm what they think. Small, it s out and we will find out more Monday.
They will work out a program to chase this devil out.
BUCK sure glad you got some good moisture. We all need it.
Wednesday evening we got a nice 3/4 inch rain. They got a lot more east of us(always do).
I did get a hold of ED FOWLER at 1519 Riverton WY He and BILL BURKE from Salmon, IDAHOin conjunction REX WALTERS(meltalogist have developed the right procedure to make a high performance blade from 52100E steel.
I am up on most of this, but the way my wheels are starting to wobble, I want some way of making sure my other grandsons have a way get back to the good blades. ED has a 2 DVD that runs four hours. It is a detailed teaching video.
$55.00 for the two. Glad to get it.
Y 'all take care, keep the shiny side
Joe Rollings - Sat 20 Apr 2019 21:00:41 #0
testing, having trouble
Joe Rollings - Sat 20 Apr 2019 21:30:08 #0
Lots of stuff
I tried to post a few times and could not get in. All of a sudden I seem to be doing it right again, so will try to cover some lost ground.
Chuck, I am feeling a lot better than I deserve, and my limiting factors right now are mainly the knees and swollen ankles and feet from standing at the machines. Prayers up for Cy and for you and Helen. Made and wholesaled a bunch of knives, bought a cowboy sewing machine for the sheaths, will see how the knives go at retail before making a lot more of them. Now off on making candle cups and mounting them on rocks. After 30 years of making the same boxes over and over again, I seem to have to switch products regularly or lose my mind. Having fun with the 100 pound guided helve hammer named "Alice", though. Named that because of the Allis Chalmers orange paint job.
Alex, if you are having trouble still mounting 30 MM bearings on a 1/2" shaft, I would be happy to turn you some bushings on the lathe, OR make the mounting bolt to match the bearing. I have a LOT of lathe stock, so I would be happy to do it for free.
Gotta get with the cannon guy and find out of that deal is for real or just talk. I have been out of touch with him, too. I hope to be circulating up your direction before long to service some dealers, and really should make the cannon whether he wants it or not.
I keep slowing down, but I can still move around and do stuff, so no excuse for quitting. I DO want to see if I can cobble together an induction forge for those candle cups. Having a gas forge running in that steel building this summer does not fill my heart with joy. At least the induction forge would run only a little of the time and would not be bothered by the swamp cooler.
I got lazy last summer, but it did not improve my life a bit, so am going to stay busy this summer as much as the heat will allow. Plenty to do, so might as well do it the best I can. God bless Y'all…...Joe
brucegodlesky - Mon 22 Apr 2019 06:20:04 #0
Glad I'm not the only one gettin' old.......heheheh
Weather breaking and it's nice to be back in the shop. Was down for 2 weeks with the crud. So far behind, I'm catching up to myself.
Spring turkey season fast approaching so I'll be a lot more behinder.....
I see that the Pa boys, Jymm Hoffman and Ray Rybar are demoing at BAM this year. Both are good guys!
Darrell - Thu 25 Apr 2019 14:29:20 #0
The Californicated Republic of Oregon is out except for a short stay for medical reasons.
Still looking for a reasonable place to set down.
Tom C - Fri 26 Apr 2019 08:43:41 #0
Bruce, if you're lucky, you get old.
I've been working away on my car project & have all the trim on the outside. when I put in the windshield, the outside of the car is done. I've started back up on finishing the wiring which isn't too difficult thanks to the kit I got from American Autowiring. The directions are really complete with lots of diagrams. All the wires are marked as to what they do. I wish I could say when I'll have it on the road, but, as in life, you never know what problems will pop up & thwart your progress. (right Chuck?)
Bert - Sat 27 Apr 2019 16:37:34 #0
Darrell, I've been studying the Western states looking for a home outside Oregon for 10+ years. Don't want to clutter the site with all that discussion though. Options depend on what's important to you and family priorities: health care, taxes, politics, environment (mountains, ocean, lakes, wilderness, hunting, fishing, camping etc). I'd make a list of your 'life need priorities' first and then we can talk options...
For me, Wyoming is best: Lowest tax rate for retirees, reasonable health care, lots of outdoor recreation and I can take the weather because I grew up in the Western states. However, my wife needs no place colder than Western OR, excellent health care (she has Crohn's Disease), consistent/reliable access to fresh organic fruits and veggies (Crohn's & lifestyle prefs) and politics more liberal than mine, but then she says mine are somewhere Right of Atilla the Hun...
If I had to guess right now, we will end up with a small place in Wyo and a homestead in a warmer place w/ better health care and I might end up commuting between the two... But that's us, you and yours will be different.
Bye the bye, I'm in Kamuela but I'm on 7x24 caregiver watch for my mom until my sis and I can find a suitable adult foster care for her that's near Kamuela...
Darrell - Sat 27 Apr 2019 19:12:48 #0
You are just North of me. I am in Ocean View.
We are taking a hard look at Nevada at this time.
Will let you know how it turns out.
Bert - Sat 27 Apr 2019 22:28:37 #0
Nevada is good except for the Reno & Vegas metro areas. They're being invaded by Kalifornicators too. No state income tax, pretty good health care and there's a lot more to Nevada than desert. My gramps lived in Vegas for 40+ years and we toured an awful lot of the state hunting, fishing and collecting pine nuts...
Joe Rollings - Sat 04 May 2019 22:05:17 #0
If you want to be left strictly alone by the government and the world, I have a few parcels near Rodeo, NM that we will be selling over the next few years that one can build, work and live on without any interference whatsoever.
One can drive for hours in search of a traffic light.....Joe
Darrell - Sun 05 May 2019 13:34:50 #0
Actually thinking of a piece next to a hwy to make a gift shop/snack shop.
plain ol Bill - Sun 05 May 2019 18:12:06 #0
We spent 2 weeks at Rusty's RV park in Rodeo last winter. It is out in the middle of nowhere and boy did we enjoy it. Get back in those mountains and there are some really gorgeous places.
Alex Ivey - Fri 10 May 2019 12:59:33 #0
Joe I appreciate your offer on the bushings for the 30 mm contact wheel bore but it's on hold for now. It was for a friend and fellow NMABA member who is building a second belt grinder like the one I showed in photos I posted a while back. He wanted the second grinder to have at his home as his shop is located a good distance away. I ordered the 4 wheel set for him on ebay. Unfortunately his wife passed suddenly a few days after my Mar.6th post so it's on hold at least for now. I still have HP cylinders for you if you are ever up this way. LXIV,
Alex Ivey - Mon 20 May 2019 14:24:07 #0
10 serrated contact wheel
Found a 10 inch contact wheel with 1/2 inch bearings installed on ebay. It arrived today and looks very good $120. + $10. shipping. I purchased it for another NMABA member. LXIV,
Loren T - Tue 21 May 2019 07:22:25 #0
I have spent the last several hours trying to visualize a contact wheel installed on an ebay. Please help!
Mike B - Tue 21 May 2019 20:01:40 #0
As long as it's a 1/2" ebay, I don't see the problem.
Joe Rollings - Fri 24 May 2019 13:03:32 #0
Plain old Bill, if you get back next winter, lemme know, in case your hammer hand goes into withdrawal. Always something around to beat on, and I can see Rusty's from my yard, although we are up the side of the valley.....Joe
plain ol Bill - Fri 24 May 2019 22:02:47 #0
Wish I had known you were there Joe. I would have come over and visited. Some beautiful country back up in those mountains. Easy to see why the army had a really tough time rousting the apaches out of there.
brucegodlesky - Sat 25 May 2019 14:09:15 #0
Hope you folks in Twister Alley are keepin' yer heads down. Sweany emailed and said they were spending some time underground........
Ten Hammers told mke he still has water lying in the yard from last weeks storms. I heard the Missourri smiths got hit pretty good.
By the time they have been getting here in w Pa it's just a hard rain.
Spent the past month in the timber huntin' spring gobblers. Good for the mental health. Have just enuff energy when I get done each day to bang out a few billets. Have a big show coming up next month, Pa Trappers Convention. Really a fun time connecting with other trappers/knifemakers/smiths. Gonna spend a few days next week knocking out trinkets, squirrel forks/flippers, etc. The ladies buy that stuff up as well as the guys.
Darrell - Wed 26 Jun 2019 15:04:29 #0
It has been more than a month since the last post.
The rest of this website is no longer relavent.
When the hosting for the website runs out I will not be renewing it.
It has been a long and enjoyable run. I will be seeing some of you on FaceBook.
Chuck - Thu 27 Jun 2019 22:42:50 #0
DARRELL It is our own fault for not paying attention to your very good site.
As you know I personally have had a plate full.
My Grand-son Cy Wagner is gaining each day. Some day in the future he will walk alone.
He is starting to talk some. He has been out f the hospital one month. He had ten month in the hospital.
Myself-- I have just about got over the huge impacted stone in my right kidney,
the left one is still there but not causing too much trouble. The good news about the kidney stone---when the Doctor went to see about breaking up the stone and found/ removed a small cancer in my bladder. It will be recurring but we will watch it.
The left carotid(sp) surgery was successful--they will do the right in the future.
Today I made the first knife in almost a year. Simple but the grind came out alright. Had mini strokes but nothing bad.
Sorry about being remiss about posting.
I do appreciate the lengthy time you have kept this site up and going.
God Bless everybody that has been on Farwest Forge. I will miss all of you
It has been a good long run from Neil's "Junkyard" site to the finish of Darrell's.
Blessing to all.
Jeff Reinhardt - Fri 28 Jun 2019 16:44:26 #0
Sorry to see it go, checked daily, just did not have anything to add. Thanks for the good job.
Tom C - Sun 30 Jun 2019 07:59:03 #0
I'm guilty of just reading & not posting. I haven't done much forging work since I started my car restoration project. I have met some great friends through Keenjunk & then this site. But things change & move on. Thanks for stepping up when Neil shut down.
Ill post a pic of the Chevy this afternoon.
Tom C - Mon 01 Jul 2019 07:08:14 #0
I posted a pic in the gallery.
brucegodlesky - Mon 01 Jul 2019 12:04:22 #0
old and slow
reckon we're all gettin' that way......
Darrell, where you at on FB?
Hope to see some of you in Ohio in September
Darrell - Mon 01 Jul 2019 16:09:54 #0
Look for Darrell Gehlsen on FB.
Loren T - Sat 06 Jul 2019 07:05:54 #0
I want to thank you Darrell for hosting this site since the end of Keen Junk. In view of your announcement I have gone back over the archives and seen a lot of names that have passed on. I have noticed the gradual thinning of the "Herd" that is still active in smithing and contributes to this forum. Health problems have been a big factor in having less to contribute or inquire. I for one have not forged anything for 2 years save a couple small items my better half asked for. I worry about the future of the trade as fewer youngsters seem to be interested in working with their hands. That being said, I was 24 before I picked up a hammer and forged my first spearpoint. I just turned 74 on the 4th. My 11 year old grandson is smart as a whip, but only wants to play video games. Yet I saw him get on my son's track hoe and almost immediately master the controls. It was just like different video controls. NASCAR drivers are younger than ever because they learned on video how to drive. With You Tube, how to do ANYTHING is just a click away. AND...a picture is worth a thousand words. I will continue to monitor this site as well as others. Once again thank you Darrell.
Chuck - Sat 13 Jul 2019 00:30:36 #0
Site changing management.
There might be someone interested in keeping our group afloat.
It would be nice to have a someone pick up the reins.
Blesings to all
Chuck - Tue 23 Jul 2019 00:18:26 #0
Are we still pn board?
Darrell - Tue 23 Jul 2019 09:00:37 #0
Until the hosting package runs out in Setember.
Tom C - Thu 08 Aug 2019 07:15:26 #0
I finished the car
I have finished my 1957 Chevy 210 Handyman station wagon. It took about 2,000 hours over 3 years & 5 months and $30,000. I've put some photos in the gallery. Now, I can get back to making my sculptures & do some traveling.I plan to drive it to Quad States.
I'm glad you're keeping the site up a little while longer,Darrell so I'll have time to get some pix from the gallery.
Thanks again for your hosting all these years.
Mike B - Wed 28 Aug 2019 19:14:12 #0
Looks amazing, Tom. I'm sure you would have finished in 3 years flat if we hadn't had to cancel Spring Fling this year (grin). Things are looking good for April 17-19, 2020; hope to see you, and ideally the car, then.
Chuck - Wed 28 Aug 2019 23:22:25 #0
Well we are fixing to lose this site.
God Bless to every pea-picking of you.
You cn find me on Facebook.
God Bless you Darrell and all the rest of the good folks on here.