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    In a Strange Land......

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    Alpine, California, and Santa Barbara County
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    Blacksmithing, Hammering, Bucking, Metals, Music, Mineralogy, Elutriation, Foundry, Pottery, Panning, Shooting,7.62 x 39, 7.62 x 54, Science, Humanity, Industrial Anthropology

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  1. Thanks for that. I will keep your offer in my tool kit. I need to go over the property today and see if I cannot catalogue the abatement details. BGD, I get that. Working six nights a week for several years was NOT helpful. The biggest challenge is keeping everything dry. So far I do not have a place to do THAT. Need to rent a large storage for that. Will keep all up to date. In the 60°'s F, and dry days and the black widows are quick once they warm up. Never been late on my mortgage - my lender sold my paper to someone else. I will be publicly thanking them for their great customer service. Robert and Sheila Taylor
  2. Enough said, Neil. Not too terribly far from Seattle, so on my list. Quite a bit steeper terrain than the Texas Hedley, for sure. Thanks much, Tommie. Uncle Jim is in the middle of stories that he started years ago. And on exactly the same subjects you mentioned. He and his Dad were Crop dusters, as well. We are one mile inside inside the western edge of the Cleveland National Forest. The town proper is down the hill outside the forest boundary. this is one of the earliest settlements in the area. in the '40's, my house was a 500 sq. ft. Lodge Cabin. I bought my home in a "blighted" neighborhood, so that I might be left alone. All of this trouble is simply a response by Underwriters to the Government's recent designation of much of California as "High Fire Risk". Always has been. Californians have resided within the "wildlands" for scores of years. Under this new paradigm, we should never have developed Malibu, and countless hundreds of other communities. As upsetting as this subject may be, Please note that the Forum Rules serve a purpose. The ballot box serves a purpose as well. 'Tis not You, 'Tis not Me, 'Tis that Fellow behind the Tree. Thanks, All.
  3. Hedley, Texas, that is. Now I want to check out Hedley, BC! Robert Taylor Just checked - same population!
  4. Anvils are People too. Sorceress is the model name of my grandfather's Soderfors (the undisputed King of anvils) anvil.
  5. We could visit my grandpa's Soderfors Sorceress in Hedley. Still working, by the way - Uncle Jim and Aunt LaJean work a section up there.
  6. Thanks all, for your kindness. It is worth more than you can know. I knew responses were coming in, as the sun set and we turned on the lights. Took a tremendous bite out of the main woodpile - air is cool and dry, and the black widows are slow on their feet. My oldest friend is commisioning a cook tripod for her new fire pit, and several loads of choice wood will be going to her place. Fifteen cubic feet of mixed wood is queued up in front of the charcoal maker. The dumpster is receiving its max allotment, and will be stashing half of my shop down at the Kid's place. Right now, lumber and curing logs are my biggest liability - hope that I do not end up discarding too much of the good stuff. Thanks all, Robert and Sheila Taylor Haha! Got plenty of kin to the west of you CGL! The hospitality is appreciated, would put me within driving distance of more forum family. Charles, is Oklahoma still north of Texas?
  7. IFI Family, I mentioned in passing that my Homeowners Insurance got cancelled, due to the new California Wildland-Urban Interface Maps drawn by the State. I will make the statement that this is "Just Business", and it is perfectly legal for 23 years of premiums to vanish into "thin air", with narry a a claim made against it. Please, let us not cast aspersion upon the apparent unfairness of the System. That is why we should "VOTE". the ice cream of the situation is that I must abate my property in order to pass a property inspection in order to be underwritten for the new, ultra expensive policy. I always like a cherry on top of my sundae, that cherry being that I have had to apply for Disability. Sorry, I can not speak Publicly about the nature of same, for Cause. Jesus and his Myriad Friends Know the details, so suffice it to say that all prayer, thought, intentions, wishes, encouragement, and advice will be heard by all Cognizant Parties. Currently, I am between a giant Rock, and a Very Hard Place, that Hard Place, of course, being my Söderfors, one of the hardest things on Earth, Frosty and JHCC. Robert and Sheila Taylor
  8. Precarious Indeed. At least the 140 C has a wingnut drag tensioner, so, fairly simple.
  9. Marc, for the sake of transparency, I hack my Spanish out with a heavy hammer and a dull chisel. I recite much better than I comprehend, and I must say, your lyric rolls off the tongue like hot honey. I limited myself to twenty minutes of searching to get a feel for the zeitgeist (oder, wollen sie, platzgeist?). This tailor is not qualified to help. Frosty, what YOU said. Flux core wire can make some very fine beads. but if, as you have elegantly stated, one does not control arc length, attitude, weave, and travel speed, one ends up with bird poop. In other words, if one does not know how to STICK weld, what hope is there to achieve proficiency with CONTINUOUS STICK (MIG) welding? I failed to realize, at first, that the wire speed control on my Lincoln 140C is calibrated to 1# spools. Put a ten pounder on the machine and you will be asking yourself how you could suddenly have become such a Nincompoop Weldor! Robert Taylor
  10. A good friend, in his local dialect, calls me Roberto Don De Sastre desastre. Meanwhile, to disambiguate my self from other types of crab, I qualify my self as a 'crabby' crab, hence, a kvetch crab, hence, El Cangrejo Quejarte. Best to mumble, to keep one's beard attached to one's neck? Robert Taylor
  11. It is my knowledge of my own ignorance, wherein lies my greatest intellectual strength. one of the more endeared-to-me quotes from a lexicographer, is that no completed dictionary* is capable of being truly complete and comprehensive. we must be as flexible as the heartbreaking evolution of language, as the irresistible mutation of usage renders to smithers, our generational (period) understanding of what is proper, therein. Permit me then, to coin myself as a BlackWright: I have done the research back to Indo-European roots, as per my source*, so I invite all comers to quip, append, and/or, deconstruct. For I smite, I wright, and it is Right. Robert Cangrejo Quejarte De Sastre
  12. Just noticed, littleblacksmith started this thread three years ago today. 430 pages of mind blowing stuff. Iforgeiron makes me smarter! Robert Taylor
  13. Old Crew, stop it with 33 stuff. I start losing the ability to get help at 60. Hope you get a CGMS, Thomas. Robert Taylor
  14. Hey Brother, I just do not want to distract from this VERY IMPORTANT thread. Yes, and Inspiring. I appreciate your story beyond words. I am definitely staying tuned to this channel. I am with you on that one. Robert Taylor