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Brian C. - Tue 25 Sep 2018 17:50:28 #0

QS

Another one in the books. The Blonde and I didn't see much of the demonstrations, too busy visiting with old friends. John Fee and Tom Chenoweth both put on fine meals, thanks again for the hospitality. A great event.


bruce godlesky - Tue 25 Sep 2018 22:28:50 #0

TomC

Yep, we were at JohnFees possum dinner :-) Came in with TenHammers, Keith Sommers and Bill Epps. The grubbyhay/long beard description fits a large percentage of attendees Ha!


Tom C - Wed 26 Sep 2018 09:08:01 #0

Yeah, I guess it does. I don't suppose adding that I had a slight limp (plantars wart on left foot) & a ponytail helps either.

I took my '57 Chevy project to the painters last Wednesday so now I can attend to stuff I've let slide. After I straighten up the shop first, of course. A car restoration project is the ultimate mixed media piece.

Tom C


Mike B - Wed 26 Sep 2018 18:46:42 #0

Tom,

I've meaning to ask how you put a late-model engine in a old car. Do you have to try to transplant all the computer stuff, or is there an aftermarket kit to connect it up?

Mike


Tom C - Thu 27 Sep 2018 12:03:41 #0

It's quite a challenge, Mike & one which, had I known how difficult it would be, wouldn't have done. Luckily, there is a forum devoted to '55, '56 & '57 Chevys which proved invaluable to this project. Yes, There are aftermarket kits to hook up the electronics but that's the simple part...... This being a site devoted to smithing, I won't post a litany of what else you have to do to put a 2011 truck engine & transmission into a 61 year old car, but if you're going to Spring Fling, I'll probably have it there & will point out the salient details to you then.

Tom C


Mike B - Thu 27 Sep 2018 19:09:24 #0

Look forward to seeing it (and, more importantly, you) in April!


Loren T - Sun 07 Oct 2018 22:17:45 #0

Ellen

I was looking through the gallery and came across a bunch of pics posted by Ellen. i know a while back some were asking about her, not having heard for a while. I noticed that Sandpile had sent some stuff back and forth with her. I have visited her at her home 4 years ago or so, but don't remember exactly where it is. Anyone know updated information?


Chuck - Sun 07 Oct 2018 22:48:28 #0

ELLEN

LOREN T. I will have to see if I can find the addy.
ELLEN lived in Apache Junction.
Her sister called here and Helen spoke to her.
Ann Reid was Ellens name. I think. Here sister said Ellen had had some serious strokes then had another. Her sister she was in bad shape. Later e called the number and got no answer.
We suspect Ellen has passed.
JOHN LARSON might still have address.

We were going to out to Phoenix, stopping at Joe Rolling's and then Ellen's. I got sick and we did not go.
~chuck


Tom C - Mon 08 Oct 2018 10:08:48 #0

I visited Ellen a couple of times a few years ago & she stayed with us when she took a motorcycle trip East about 10 years ago. I tried calling her but got a recorded message. She was an accountant who did peoples' taxes & one of the numbers was for a fax machine. I have her address somewhere but I won't put it up here. I, too, suspect she has passed.

Tom C


Loren T - Tue 09 Oct 2018 10:22:59 #0

Motorcycle Trip

I remember her posting about that trip. If I remember correctly she had bought an Iron Kiss hammer and went to take a class on using it from John Larson.


Joe Rollings - Wed 10 Oct 2018 13:56:11 #0

Prayers up

for Cy Wagner. That is a REALLY tough break, but I betcha he will overcome it in spite of the hardship.

Sorry I have been missing for a while, just sorting out a lot of false starts on my next adventure. Got the power hammer done, and boy is it a hitter, but not sure yet if I am the man for it. 100 pounds of hammer on a 1300 pound anvil sometimes can do more damage than good to a project. Not really accustomed to long learning curves any more I have been doing the same stuff over and over again for so long.

Hammer is not even bolted down, just sits there and wiggles a tiny bit because the floor is not flat. Almost any crowned die, no matter how large the radius, leaves big old dents. Maybe I need to be making bigger stuff so the dents don't show so much BOG.....Joe


Tom C - Thu 11 Oct 2018 08:52:38 #0

Loren, she was also a history buff & toured many of the historic sites in Virginia regarding the Revolutionary & Civil wars. I think there's a pic of her & her bike in the photo gallery under my name. I was impressed that she made that trip, solo, at her age. She was a tough one.

Tom C


Buck Brown - Thu 11 Oct 2018 12:22:14 #0

Ellen

I remember when Ellen first got her power hammer. She was discussing what to name it and decided on Thor.
There's a pic somewhere of her on a tall Thoroughbred bay horse. Seems she had a cabin or something up in the hills near Apache Junction.
BB


Tom C - Fri 12 Oct 2018 10:54:09 #0

If you click on her name in the Gallery, there's a pic of her on her horse. The caption says that her cabin was in New Mexico.

Tom C


Bruce Blackistone (Atli) - Sun 14 Oct 2018 14:47:05 #0

Ellen

Pax vobiscum.


Tom C - Wed 31 Oct 2018 09:34:49 #0

Well, it's been a while since anyone's posted. As for me, I've been busy doing shop & home maintenance while my car project is at the painter's. I have a project making a couple of fireplace screens for one of my good clients, & am looking forward to the next CVBG meeting at one of our members new shop.

Chuck, you still okay?

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Tom C


bruce godlesky - Thu 01 Nov 2018 14:51:52 #0

Same here Tom. Winter get-ready, growin' the woodpile, makin' knives and hawks and a lil bit of huntin' thrown in for good measure.

Cleaned up hydraulic press dies. Think I'll heat treat them this time. H13. 45rc good ???


Chuck - Thu 01 Nov 2018 23:04:52 #0

stuff.

TOM C.--We are still kicking, just not as high as we used to.

We have been putting in a lot of miles between here and Amarillo.
Cy Wagner our second grand-son is 80 days into recovery from a head injury from a car wreck.
Cy was moved today back to a hospital called Vibra. When he got there.
The nurse said to his Mama "Y'all have mail even before you got back".

Our own Bruce Godlesky had sent Cy a hat or cap. I have not seen it yet. Cy had been sent back to ICU at the Northwest Texas Hospital. They took the skull flap out and threw it away. He will fitted for a Titanium plate. Until then Cy has his own crash helmet.
BRUCE --We do appreciate the cap. I know you had a rough deal to recover from.
I hope and pray Cy can do as well.
Helen and my health are not bad just need tending to. Rotoroot the neck, a monitoring chip. Helen is having real nagging , hanging on pain(the kind that can wear you down)R. Arthritis is a biting bitch.
We do need any extra prayers anybody has to spare for CY. He six year son is in the hospital right now for Pneumonia. He will be alright.

The knife community has sure been great for CY. Mike Miller has led the charge. Knife people are as good as they come.
Blessings to all
~chuck


Tom C - Fri 02 Nov 2018 09:54:46 #0

Great to hear the encouraging news, Chuck. We're fortunate to live in a time where serious health issues can be dealt with.

Tom C


plain ol Bill - Mon 12 Nov 2018 21:40:06 #0

Chuck - brrrrrrrr

Got your ear muffs on today Chuck? Winter has come to your neighborhood. Hope it goes away for awhile cause we will be passing thru a little south of you next week.


bruce godlesky - Tue 13 Nov 2018 14:46:21 #0

lookin' for prayers

Just heard from ol Sweany. he went in for a heart cath this morning and they kept him, lookin' to do 3 by-passes.
I'm sure he could use the kneemail!


Alex Ivey - Wed 14 Nov 2018 22:01:44 #0

Sweany

Bruce, thanks for posting on Sweany's heart problems, one can't get to much kneemail when health problems get you down. Kneemail from me. LXIV,


Buck Brown - Thu 15 Nov 2018 10:49:01 #0

Sweaney

Knee mail up!
Winter came at least a month early here.
Finished a pair of branding irons for a friend in Colorado. He wants to wood burn a sign for his driveway. Just need to put handles on them.


Alex Ivey - Thu 15 Nov 2018 22:36:27 #0

Back at the forge

Finally got healed from the surgery I had back at the end of August and back forging and doing some high voltage electrical inspection work. Pays a lot more than blacksmithing and almost as much fun. Posted a photo of 4 hat trees, last of my orders from the NM state fair. Note the 2 baseball caps on the tree on the left. First time for caps but the lady customer said that's what she wanted. LXIV,


Chuck - Fri 16 Nov 2018 16:06:26 #0

Catching Up

SWEANEY-- Best of luck. Do what the doc say;
Nurse watching Sweaney::: Tape his socks to his ankles so you an get away from him around the corners. God Bless Sweaney.
ALEX--Good to hear you are back up and going. Nice work.
BUCK It cooled down over also. Had some snow, got down to nine degrees. Another cool week-end coming up.
PLAIN OLE BILL--Where you headed>
BRUCE --CY is gaining a little each week. Going to be a long slow climb back of that deep hole. But he will make it.
TOM C- It is true the Docs can do great things if the Lord will help them a little.
Blessings
~chuck


plain ol Bill - Fri 16 Nov 2018 19:11:05 #0

Chuck reply

Chuck we are headed out of western Washington to Rockport on the coast to spend the cold months. Will stop off in Cowtown to visit sister and nieces for Thanksgiving then head on south.


Chuck - Wed 21 Nov 2018 21:57:23 #0

Thanksgiving

Well, We have made another year.
It seems that we are bogged down walking in soft sand.
The first thing you know, we have made another year.

This has been quite a year for all of us.
The fires, hurricanes, volcanos, droughts, floods, wrecks, strokes.
There seems to be no end to what we have had to stand strong against.

The Good Lord has given us the strength, determination, intelligence to withstand the onslaughts from different directions.
It is with great joy and happiness they are all still plugging along in our various modes of transport.
Some have fallen by the wayside, but they have gone to a better place and will be holding us a spot.
In our personal life. We have had one precious grand-son, CY WAGNER have a terrible car wreck. Cy Is stepping up with the Lord's help and many, many people praying for him.
He is progressing each day. Only the Lord knows how far Cy can make it back, but Cy is plodding along, struggling each day to get back to normal.
One of Cy's twin sisters had her daughter Maisie, Yesterday morning, we have many blessing in our lives.
I hope and pray that everybody can have a great day tomorrow, with a safe trip for all.
Blessings
~chuck--Sandpile


j - Thu 22 Nov 2018 06:55:05 #0

Thanksgiving

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and prayers for all that need them.


Tom C - Thu 22 Nov 2018 08:55:05 #0

Happy thanksgiving!

Tom C


Darrell - Thu 22 Nov 2018 15:29:53 #0

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Joe Rollings - Mon 26 Nov 2018 22:31:33 #0

Blessings to all of you

I am still trying to stand up and do the work, but am fading faster every year. started up being painful to heat 'em and beat 'em, but now painful to just stand on the concrete.

New power hammer helps a lot because the way I built it you almost have to sit down on a stool to operate the pedal.

Don't mind me, I just quit the Vicodin because of side effects and started something else. Better days ahead, one way or another....God bless.....Joe


Joe Rollings - Mon 26 Nov 2018 22:32:31 #0

Blessings to all of you

I am still trying to stand up and do the work, but am fading faster every year. started up being painful to heat 'em and beat 'em, but now painful to just stand on the concrete.

New power hammer helps a lot because the way I built it you almost have to sit down on a stool to operate the pedal.

Don't mind me, I just quit the Vicodin because of side effects and started something else. Better days ahead, one way or another....God bless.....Joe


bruce godlesky - Thu 29 Nov 2018 08:27:14 #0

sweeny

Heard from Mike this week. Sounds like they did a batch of bypasses on him. Said he was glad to set up in a chair for a change :-)


Chuck - Sun 02 Dec 2018 23:58:18 #0

Nosing around.

BRUCE Is this Sweaney from Sulphur Oklahoma?
Hope he is kicking right along.
MILLS is another Okie I wonder about often.
Bill & DIANE DAVIS--Lazy Assed forge. Fine folks. Wonder about them.
Saltcreek Blacksmithing bunch?
JOE ROLLINGS--It is hell when the years start coming too fast.
DARRELL-- The noise quieted down about the volcano. Everything alright over there?
TOM C.-- Did you get your chev to the paint man?
TWO of my Grand sons went after a '97 Silverado suburban. They had to go all the way to Lake Arthur, NM. The suburban is in Elida, NM
The Daddy of one of them had wrecked his truck. They took home for him.
The Suburban is 4 wheel drive and every thing in the drive train, motor and all.
Will fit in my '96 Z71. My Z71 needs the motor, 5.7.

The Grand-son, Cy Wagner that was in the bad wreck, is gradually crawling out of the deep whole he is in. He still cannot talk or swallow, can't stand or walk by himself or sit-up. He is working hard on all this.
Cy has started to growl when he needs something, has got some control of his right hand. He is tough, determined, he will be back but is having to fight hard for everything he is getting back. Cy still needs all the prayers.
Blessings to all
~chuck


Darrell - Mon 03 Dec 2018 12:24:48 #0

Volcano

The volcano has gone almost completely dormant. There is no measurable SO2 and the air is the clearest it's been 12 years.


Tom C - Mon 03 Dec 2018 14:06:29 #0

Hi Chuck, the painter said it will be done next Monday or Tuesday. Then the fun starts up again as I put the shiny bits back on.

Glad to hear Cy is making progress even though it's slow going.

Darrell, clean air is a good thing.

Tom C


bruce godlesky - Tue 04 Dec 2018 09:00:48 #0

schtuff

Sandpile, Sweany is from Sand Springs OK. Got an email last night, he's headed home today!.
With Cy, it's gonna be 3 steps forward one back. Don't get discouraged......btdt

Tom C lookin' forward to seein' that car upon completion!!

Been hunting deer for a week and a half. Need some shop time. Making Damascus arrowheads for the guys I shoot with :-) Gonna be action packed 3 weeks til Christmas.
No rest for the wicked.....


Darrell - Tue 04 Dec 2018 13:11:42 #0

No rest for the wicked

Don't worry. There is no rest for the rest of us either.


Bert - Wed 05 Dec 2018 11:12:08 #0

So Darrell

You still thinking of moving to The People's Republic of Eugene (well, actually all of Lane Cnty)?

News broke yesterday that the city is going to modify it's contract with the local Nat. Gas company to Actively Discourage people from using it to heat their homes or cook with... Wood is discouraged, and often prohibited during winter inversions when you need it most, electricity is expensive (not as bad as CA but they want to get there), coal is banned and being phased completely out of Oregon, nuclear is unthinkable and the Governor wants 50K electric cars on the roads by 2020, as well as a boatload of new taxes & fees, gun control and control of 'climate change' and everything you eat, think, do and are...

How do they expect folks to heat their home and live? Oh yeah, those wind mills and solar panels, which are more expensive than all of the above even With all the government subsidies and after 20+ years of development provide only about 2% of the power in the grid in Orygun...


Darrell - Wed 05 Dec 2018 13:27:27 #0

Bert

Bert,
Our plans to move to Oregon have been discarded.
Our research has found that Oregon is more expensive than Hawaii.
Now that the volcano has settled down and the air is clear we decided to stay here
where the house and car are paid for. Instead of moving we plan to just visit occasionally.


Bert - Wed 05 Dec 2018 15:46:35 #0

Good to Hear Darrell

Yes, it's expensive here and about to get a lot worse. Lot's to be said for just staying where you are and putting up w/ the occasional tantrum from the volcano.

I'd have been gone from here 10 years ago but the wife has her nest, business and medical network (Crohn's Disease) here. Also she was born and grew up in SoCal so there's also the "it can't be anywhere colder than here" requirement. The two states above and below OR are worse 'blue-wise', Nevada & Arizona have been thoroughly Californicated and I don't do well in cities, traffic jams or around crowds of people...

Worked and traveled around the country and world enough before I retired to know I can't/don't want to live anywhere East of a line North to South through Denver... And even though there are something like 19 species of game birds on the Parker Ranch and I've harvested my share of wild pigs (the Hawaiian way) I get rock fever after a few months, even on the Big Island.

If the volcano gets to you, my mom and sis live in Kamuela (on the dormant volcano) and are quite happy.


bruce godlesky - Thu 06 Dec 2018 06:50:09 #0

Bert.... 19 species of game birds.... where is this place??? I'd have to get another setter or 2 :-)
Darrell, rest is hard to find ........


Bert - Thu 06 Dec 2018 11:54:28 #0

Parker Ranch

Bruce, I checked w/ my sis to be sure and it's only 13 species of birds (Oh, darn!) The ranch is huge and runs from sea level to about 8K feet on the North end of the Big Island; Hawaii. It's on and around Mauna Kea which is the biggest volcano, above the water, in Hawaii. Headquarters are in Waimea/Kamuela, a town on the West side of the Mountain.

There's also a couple kinds of goats, some bada** pigs (hunted the Hawaiian way means with a good pair of boots, a couple of even more bada** little dogs, and a big 'pig sticker') and if you aren't careful at night, you might crash into a wild donkey in certain places.

If I ever get my forge fired up again I'm going to try a couple of Damascus pig stickers for one of my nephews.


bruce godlesky - Thu 06 Dec 2018 13:09:19 #0

birds

Bert, that's still a buncha different birds!! Sounds like some interesting ideas for an otherwise layin' on the beach vacation! I know they have a good turkey population on the Islands.

Hope to see some pictures of your pig stickers.....


Joe Rollings - Sun 09 Dec 2018 21:12:48 #0

If somebody wants solitude

I have a couple of 20 acre parcels for sale here. Depending on the direction you drive, 50 to 100 miles to the nearest stop light, if we hear an engine we go to the window and see who is here, because NOBODY drives down our road but us.

You can relieve yourself in the middle of the road, beat iron, yodel, nobody to hear or see. About 1300 acres and a dozen residences, property has it's own gravel pit and rifle range, adjoining thousands of acres one is free to roam at will.

Outside Rodeo, New Mexico.....Joe


Joe Rollings - Sun 09 Dec 2018 21:13:26 #0

If somebody wants solitude

I have a couple of 20 acre parcels for sale here. Depending on the direction you drive, 50 to 100 miles to the nearest stop light, if we hear an engine we go to the window and see who is here, because NOBODY drives down our road but us.

You can relieve yourself in the middle of the road, beat iron, yodel, nobody to hear or see. About 1300 acres and a dozen residences, property has it's own gravel pit and rifle range, adjoining thousands of acres one is free to roam at will.

Outside Rodeo, New Mexico.....Joe


Joe Rollings - Sun 09 Dec 2018 21:13:28 #0

If somebody wants solitude

I have a couple of 20 acre parcels for sale here. Depending on the direction you drive, 50 to 100 miles to the nearest stop light, if we hear an engine we go to the window and see who is here, because NOBODY drives down our road but us.

You can relieve yourself in the middle of the road, beat iron, yodel, nobody to hear or see. About 1300 acres and a dozen residences, property has it's own gravel pit and rifle range, adjoining thousands of acres one is free to roam at will.

Outside Rodeo, New Mexico.....Joe


Loren T - Thu 13 Dec 2018 07:21:03 #0

20 acres

Joe: I noticed that you posted 3 times. Is that because real estate is all about Location, Location, Location? 10 acres where I live in NE Oklahoma is isolated enough for me. My son built the house we now live in several years ago. It's 3000 square feet. It also has a 40 x 50 shop.(See picture under my name). The nearest town, Jay, is about 16 miles away. He figured out that with he and his wife, 4 kids, work, church, and school, they were making a minimum of 4 round trips a day to town. sometimes as many as 6 or 7. He bought a house in town with 17 acres and they save enough on gas to make the house payment. Not to mention time saved. This place is free and clear, so our rent goes to taxes and insurance. My wife now has her quilting machine set up and has started holding classes here.


Buck Brown - Thu 13 Dec 2018 15:24:21 #0

Sandpile

Sandpile e-mailed me awhile back and said his puter had dropped this site and could I send him the addy so he could get back on.

I sent it to him, but have not heard back from him. I sent two more notes asking if he was receiving my mail, and haven't heard anything for a couple weeks.

Maybe I have his addy wrong. If any of you have his addy could you please send him what he needs? Thanks in advance, Buck. Also, ask him to e-mail me so I can verify his addy.


Darrell - Thu 13 Dec 2018 18:54:52 #0

Sandpile

I reset his password for him on the 4th.


Tom C - Sat 15 Dec 2018 09:12:47 #0

I got my Chevy back from the painters Thursday. There's a pic in the gallery.

Tom C



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