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About notownkid

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    Aspiring Curmudgeon

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    South Woodstock, Vermont
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    Hobby Blacksmithing, Historic research esp. Blacksmith shops and barns, tools, farming, trains, Military History.
    anything a retired country boy decides to have an interest in. Hunting, Competitive Shooting, Horses & Carriages, Travel.

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  1. Many yrs. ago my dad's partner blew his nose at a Horse Auction and bought a race horse! after a couple hrs and a number of phone calls my Dad sold the horse for most of what it had cost. Partner lost a couple $100 but learned a valuable lesson. As my Dad said "cost money to go to school"
  2. Wow here is sending all the luck & prayers I can gather up for all of you folks.
  3. Welcome 360, First off clean up your language on the site or the administrators will do it for you. This is a FAMILY Sight and clean for kids or local ministers to read. Put in your location as there just might be people in your area that can help you. In my humble opinion No to the wheel, not heavy enough in the material department Maybe on the brake rotor if nothing better comes along. I would suggest a brake drum off a 3/4 to 1ton pickup, lots of steel and room. Do a direct hunt for these not a hit or miss salvage yard hunt. Watch your area for a repair shop with lots of these trucks in their yard, stop and ask if they do brake work. Have a picture of what you are trying to do they just might give you a hand. Stop at a parts store Like NAPA and ask what shops buy these from them and then go talk to the shop. show the Parts store guys a picture esp. if there are older guys on the counter they have lots of experience and ideas and generally willing to share. I was one of them for 15 yrs. Good luck.
  4. I have about 20 sets of muffs from HF all over the farm hanging on all steering wheels of equip, in all the shops in the trucks. I have better quality muffs in my shooting bag but have to use foam ear plugs to shoot trap as the muffs keep hitting my stock. When shooting my biggest Mags rifles I have plugs plus muffs. Have shot for 55 yrs and at the beginning we never knew to use protection so I have hearing damage, Army didn't help that much either.
  5. Had a buddy weed whacking a few yrs. ago along an edge of a field in shorts and while working felt something hit his shin, when he looked there was a small scratch, little red spot on the leg. He didn't think about it till 3-4 days later when he couldn't walk on it and puss was leaking out. They took a 1" piece of rusty barbed wire out from between the 2 bones. It took weeks to get all the infection out of the leg a couple additional operations and a lot of off time. Only lucky thing was it was workman's comp. I have never whacked since without wearing my loggers chaps along with my logger's helmet. Just not worth getting hurt.
  6. I love the Roller shoe will make one for my shop and see what is said, I have a lot of horse people in and out during the summer months. I'll come up with a story or two for them.
  7. If you are happy with it then the price is JUST RIGHT, don't worry about IF you paid too much for it as that ship has sailed and you own it now enjoy it. Odd weight 82-84lbs or mine at 213 marked, actual ?? I'm not lifting it to weigh. Doubt many came in at even weights the way they were made. As others have said use it for a while and see how you do with it, can always put it back on the market.
  8. P T Barnum said it best about fools and money.
  9. We had some Race Horses that could have used them to get around the track they sure didn't seem to run fast enough.
  10. Now that is a major step in the right direction,
  11. When moving a farm recently I found a few boxes of caulks both round and treaded sharp & blunt. As A young person we used them on our horses that we logged and sugared with, worked good on ice and packed snow but tore up the stall floors, we pulled them as soon as we could in the spring. We also made real sure not to get stepped on by them in the barn. We liked the treaded ones as we could take them out if they weren't going to be used for a time. Usually had a hard time getting them back in with the treads full of "stuff".
  12. I think everyone has said what you need to know, the 2 things you need to learn and excel at 1. all aspects of business, financial, sales, management, laws esp. tax laws, where the money is coming from. 2 all aspects of Blacksmithing, when you hang the sign the time for learning the above subjects has ended you have to produce on a professional level. Customers will expect it from day 1. More Craft businesses fail from lack of business knowledge than anything else. But don't give up the idea just WORK at it from both directions. Good Luck.
  13. Shop looks Very nice, can I have the winch off the Kubota tractor on the trailer? Could use that this summer& Fall on a project.
  14. Ditto Dale
  15. nice stuff Frank, hopefully I'll get my collection sorted out after moving and consolidated and get some photos. Need to plan a new home for them as well at some point.