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    Oklahoma !!


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    Fletcher, Oklahoma
  • Interests
    Mule riding, Blacksmithing,
  • Occupation
    Machine Work

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  1. Charles, I’m still griping about stuff, but, at least I’m still around to gripe! My wife is as mean as ever! This week she has moms house rented to a bunch of ladies for a quilting retreat. She’s cooking for them so she’s busy! She enjoys it though! Hope y’all are doing ok! Bill D.
  2. Hello, Mr Stephens! how are things in Bradley? You have certainly shared your forge ideas with lots of people. For that, I thank you!! Bill D.
  3. Possums are the one animal around here that are on my immediate hit list. I leave snakes alone and skunks are even grudgingly tolerated. Possums are carriers of a protozoan called sarcosistis horses (and mules) pick up the eggs of the Protozoa from eating grass where the possums poop. If the protozoan goes into the muscles of the horse basically no harm done but if they get into the nervous system or brain the horses are seriously damaged. I’ve had a horse and a mule which were infected? In their nervous system. Watching the damage done to these animals was enough to turn me into a possum hater! Sorry if my words are misspelled or terms misused. bill D
  4. Thanks BillyBones! It probably has a lot to do with the dry sand around this part of Oklahoma! The “trees” that grow around here are just scrub brush in other parts of the country!
  5. Billy ones, I have got to ask. What does honeysuckle grow like in Ohio? Here in Oklahoma, all I know the honeysuckle I know about is a multi limbed bush/vine that has small stems. Could you mean honey locust? People around here use boisd’arc and honey locust for bows but as far as I know, not honeysuckle. just curious, Bill Davis
  6. Grouser, If you search YouTube for ”Canedy Otto Forge restoration “ I believe it will get you a video of a similar mechanism that shows pretty clear. On mine I use a leather strap for the back and forth straps but I wound up using a strip off a round baler belt. By the way, where in USA? If you happen to be in Oklahoma I possibly could show you one of these forges in working condition! Hope this helps, Bill D.
  7. Grouser, I have a pump handle Forge similar to the one you have. When you say the pulleys are locked up, what do you mean? I believe they should be solid to and turn with the shaft. Is there a tapped hole in the center of each pulley? On mine there are two leather straps which attach in that area to the mentioned screw holes. I don’t see the bracket that attaches to the other end of the strap.
  8. The trade item is strictly voluntary! You can look at all the work on display. You can bring anything (within reason) you wish to show to others. The host of the meeting chooses what the trade item is supposed to be. Everyone who wants to brings their version of the item and all the participants draw names to swap items. bd
  9. Nathan, there are, as far as I know, no age requirement. The meetings are rather informal meetings, usually some people forging on their projects or demonstrating techniques. Speak up and ask questions. Be respectful and you will get all the help you can handle! The newsletter is well worth the membership cost. That said, newsletters (except for newest one) are available free on the website. There are a lot of members in the Tulsa area. Yes you can attend meetings without formally being a member Hope this helps, Bill D
  10. Nathan, Saltforkcraftsmen do not have a dedicated meeting location. There are four meetings scheduled each month one for each of four quarters of the state. If you really want to you can pretty much go to at least one meeting a month, some months four! There’s a bunch of good people there in the club. A person can learn a lot with these guys! There are club stores of coal at different locations around the state just ask a member. hope this helps! Bill D. (Near Lawton Oklahoma)
  11. James, You've come a long way from the time I met you and your dad down in grapevine, Texas, however many years ago! You’re doing good, boy! Bill D.
  12. Chris, my wife has an old white rotary treadle sewing machine we bought from a neighbor. Diana sewed hers and the kids clothes on it even though she had an electric machine. She said it had attachments that let her do things her electric machine didn’t. Nowadays she has expensive computer driven machines but she likes using her old black singers.
  13. Mom’s old lamp was always in the basement of the “new house” when I was a kid. It is a miracle it was never broken! My wife fixed it up and put a new chimney and a glass shade on it for mom one year and it brought a lot of memories out that mom told us. When mom passed we got the lamp and we really value it. As far as I could understand they had one kerosene lantern and this Aladdin lamp on the farm without electricity. I know they had a battery powered radio and a treadle sewing machine. Quite a shift from living in town to the farm! Think “Green Acres”!
  14. My wife collects Aladdin lamps(including the one my parents bought when they moved out to the farm). One thing I found interesting about them is that Aladdin brand lamps were first sold in 1909! So the people in the 1800’s didn’t have the benefit of the bright light!