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OH I scored a super Nice set still scull attached Elk Antlers 2 3/4 crown and risers are 2 1/2 with 8 to 10 sections sub-round / oval to flat with nice "Y" sections that are close to 3 1/2 to 4 inches flat . total cost $10.00 to beat all the hair is still attached as in this is a fresh kill this past hunting season . Booyah !

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Took seven days in April for a road trip to Texas, Mom and Pop and and my brother and me, to the farm near Turkey to memorialize and scatter my aunts ashes on her childhood home. Also to Amarillo and Clarendon, then to Hedley, to Dad's brother's farm.

 

Not one piece of this obsolete center pivot will be wasted when it is recycled into new uses around the farm: post-49427-0-54547100-1399323567_thumb.jpost-49427-0-86081700-1399323530_thumb.j

 

Lots of fine treasures and a lot of hard working equipment:post-49427-0-21556300-1399324019_thumb.jpost-49427-0-36902900-1399324044_thumb.j

 

Naturally, I had to ask Uncle if he could spare any old plow discs. And then there was that there bucket of springs, "Take 'em all", he says,  "and what about some of these old sweeps? You want some of those?"

 

Uncle says you know how it goes: just as soon as you get back from haulin' a load of this stuff off to scrap, and you ain't used it in twenty years, that's when you're gonna need something that was in that load to fix something that suddenly decided to break.

 

So I sure hope I don't end up having to mail any of this stuff back! post-49427-0-86123900-1399324232_thumb.jpost-49427-0-90985500-1399324887_thumb.jpost-49427-0-33781600-1399324908_thumb.jpost-49427-0-89613200-1399324931_thumb.j

 

P.S.:  I got a good look at Paw Paws anvil, and it turns out that it's the same make and model as mine, but heavier, at 121# - a Soderfors Paragon, and still working!

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Well, I'm glad your Aunt could go home.  Nice looking bunch of scrap, I hope you plan to mail *some* of it back as a forged item for your Uncle!

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So you come from a Soderfors anvil family eh? Good lines, passed em on I hope. <wink>

 

How much of that gear did you end up with?

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Yes Thomas, She was a fine Human Being, and it was an honor to be there. Her fathers' post vise was given to me last year, so now an even more treasured responsibility to execute.

 

And yes, I will have to make something for Uncle Jim, but it's going to be a challenge to forge something a Real Blacksmith will appreciate.  I hope it won't be too long before I post a picture here prior to mailing, since I think it is an excellent suggestion, Thomas. 

 

Frosty, Images #5 & #7:  6 Sweeps, 3 Discs, and the table full of springs (21 pcs) (which came home in the bucket).

 

As for the Soderfors, I took pictures of it, and was thinking of posting it in the Soderfors review thread, but does drooling all over Paw Paw's anvil qualify it for a review??? <eye roll>

 

As for Genetic Endowment, Grandfather was the Donley County Blacksmith during WWII.  Uncle Jim's is where people go to get their stuff fixed. He had some customers while I was there, and told them, "This is my nephew, he does this kind of stuff all the time!"  I have a lot to step up to, to prove him right.

 

And Frosty, thanks to you and Highsider for your earlier condolences.

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Abeaty he's adorable!
We had raccons in our yard as a kid, and my father knew a vet who gave them rabies shots. If you're keeping him around you may want to see about getting one for him, it may save your friendship should authorities stop by, A lot of counties frown on wildlife pets.
(I also had a few squirrels too, they were awesome pets!)

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Dressing appropriately works other places besides fleamarkets too.  My wife gives me grief when I go somewhere without cleaning up or changing clothes.  She didn't complain too much when I got the tires on her car heavily discounted because I went immediately after smithing, and didn't stop complaining about how much it was going to cost and could barely afford it.

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Anachronist58, not sure yet on the A286. It is high heat, so I was thinking a fire grate for the forge. The stock I have is around 3/8" and the parts we make are used on the F-16's turkey feathers IIRC.

The beryllium is a copper beryllium alloy with no more than 2% Be. It hardens nicely, and I was thinking a hammer, knife, or other tools. It cold works nice after annealing. We literally run through tons of it at work. This stock is big dia. 7/8", and I also have some smaller dia. stock. And yes, I know the hazards.

Not sure on the 17-4 either, I just picked it up because we don't run much of it. I will be getting some 17-4 tubing in a bit, around 1/2".

Robert Yates, the bar ends are around 6-8" long. I will keep an eye out for any longer pieces.

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Biggun, if you were a scout you'd have aced your "master-scrounger" badge B). You make me sick(in a nice way) you certainly score some interesting stuff.

 

Ian

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Big Dr. at 6 to 8 , I could use 4 Pc to complete the project. (that is if you will part with them ) just mill them and put them together .

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today was awesome !!Went with the wife out for a walk (VBG) down the RR tracks , hoping to find a couple spikes .... WOW close to 200 lbs of spikes and chunks of broken steel ... . from the markers on the track, and the RR wagon full of ties ... looks like they are redoing the line... gunna talk to the crew see if a piece of track doesn't get left left behind ! ( now where did i leave that 6-pak)  :unsure:

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today was awesome !!Went with the wife out for a walk (VBG) down the RR tracks , hoping to find a couple spikes .... WOW close to 200 lbs of spikes and chunks of broken steel ... . from the markers on the track, and the RR wagon full of ties ... looks like they are redoing the line... gunna talk to the crew see if a piece of track doesn't get left left behind ! ( now where did i leave that 6-pak)  :unsure:

 

I don't know about Canada but in the US picking up anything, heck walking, in the railroad right of way is a federal offense and not a little one. You might want to talk to the crew before saying anything about what you've picked up already. come to think about it I don't think I'd say anything on an internet public forum either.

 

Of course I may just be paranoid.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Naturally, I presume that you were merely reconnoitering with the intent of getting permission to collect....

 

Google this if you want to know how Canada feels about its Railroad right of way:

 

Two charged with metal theft from Lake Villa railroad tracks.

 

If a certified recycler of railroad steel here in California charges me 75 cents a pound for scrap spike and rail, then you may draw a parallel conclusion that the Canadian National Railroad places a value on its scrap, as well. 

 

The Canadian National Railroad also has a vested public safety interest in keeping unauthorized personnel out of the right of way.

 

Back in the 60's, when I was a six year old spud, I 'found' survey stakes all over a construction site, and pulled one up for a 'sword'.  I am lucky the watchman only scared the poop out of me and told me how much that stake was going to cost to replace, before kicking me off the jobsite.

 

The concept of 'salvage' is a slippery slope indeed, so take heed.

 

Robert Taylor

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So many stumps, so little truck.....

 

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A fellow I know was looking for a dishing stump - 30" long x 16" - 20" across. Finally found it.

 

I'd like to shake hands with the dude/gal who invented the Par-buckle! The leaf springs went flat when the first one rolled in. Green Eucalyptus is VERY heavy stuff.

 

My apology to those who live where there are no trees - I went to missile school at Fort Bliss, Thomas.

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today was awesome !!Went with the wife out for a walk (VBG) down the RR tracks , hoping to find a couple spikes .... WOW close to 200 lbs of spikes and chunks of broken steel ... . from the markers on the track, and the RR wagon full of ties ... looks like they are redoing the line... gunna talk to the crew see if a piece of track doesn't get left left behind ! ( now where did i leave that 6-pak)  :unsure:

sry ... i have found them ... i heard about the salvage issue... i am waiting for the crew to get this far up ( the tracks are 50 feet from the house ) i have them piled up in little deposits along the way ... i'm not a fan of stealing either .. if i can get an OK from a crew chief i'll take what i can use and i'd be more than willing to re-pay the kindness in some way ie: 6 pak ... or fresh coffee for the crew ... what ever the crew chief thinks acceptable - sry just excited about the find and the potential, wasn't being articulate enough as to intent 

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wow my scrap dealer only charges me US 20 cents a pound...and I decided that it was a fair price considering that the meth folks have already scoured the local tracks for scrap.

 

Anachronist58  Last time I saw that method used by anyone but me there were mules on the pulling end of the rope!

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Thomas Powers, I would never admit to buying #300 of steel last October at that outrageous rate!  That would be downright embarrasssing!

 

And this aint the the first time I've been compared to my cousin the mule, but more often the donkey, but mostly a horses - well, whatever!

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Beautiful rope that! But get yourself a small chainblock an you won't need the "mule" quite so much B)

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It's been quite a while since I've been around eucalyptus, we had several blue gums growing in our yard as a kid. I couldn't drive a nail in one with a single jack sledge. Dad had to cut one and used a two man misery whip, wedges and an afternoon. Every draw and the saw had to be pulled and cleaned, the wood is so fibrous it's a major PITA.

 

I always liked the smell, and they didn't care how hard the Santa Ana winds blew. Didn't care how fast your were going if you drove a vehicle into one either, much above 65mph and they'd split the car down the middle.

 

I think you have a forever dishing block. I haven't used that technique to load wood since I bought a 12v winch.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Ian,  do you mean one of these?? post-49427-0-96918800-1399670173_thumb.j

 

That rope is a Dia. 1-1/8" (29 mm) 40,000# hawser rope.  ten years ago, before the fall of the internet,

I was able to find the specifications online. Now you have to purchase the spec. whatever.

 

I'll bet you wish you had some of that rope for the Swaziland job! :rolleyes:

 

Combined with the 2" radius on the 2500# nautical block, no need to deploy the chain block on this little job. that log practically Jumped into the truck!

 

Frosty, the winds out here last week were ferocious for these parts. I only lost two shingles, which surprised me. This Eucalyptus is down near Poway, where I was cutting: post-49427-0-57231800-1399670294_thumb.j post-49427-0-86618900-1399670477_thumb.j I was really surprised to see that!

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Greetings All,

 

The last few days have been a bonanza ...  Started when a picker friend called and said that he had a few things for me ..  Bought a small rivet forge and a cannedy otto blower forge mount...  I passed on the forge to a start up blacksmith and kept the blower which turned out to be perfect..  Today I followed up on an ad for an estate sale .... Ended up with a Green River number 3 with all the upsetting blocks in great shape a post vice PW like brand new and a Champion post drill in great shape... Wow what a haul.. Not that I need any of these things but it is great to have some stuff to pass on to my upcoming students... 

 

Forge on and make beautiful things

Jim

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Ianinsa; well I am an Eagle Scout... I am also a Master Scrounger, and have been all my life . My fun places to hang out growing up were military surplus auctions (DRMO), auto wrecking yards, garage sales, automotive swap meets, etc.   I hate waste, and always try to reduce, reuse, recycle.  Where I work has been a bonanza for me; metals, motors, tools, electrical, and too much more to list. For a lot of companies it is just easier to toss it than deal with it.  I haul the aluminum cans home, and now have 15 - 55 gallon drums full of smashed cans to turn in, it all adds up over time.  When friends are looking for something they ask if I have it first. If not I can usually direct them to who does, or where to start looking.

 

Anachronist; Eucs can be a pain to split especially if they have a wind twist to them.  You need to teach me how to get such clean straight cuts in a tree with a double bit ax :)

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Quite a haul, Jim Coke, and I admire your redistribution philosophy. My Industrial Tech instructor sold me his fathers Gerstner - It is a constant reminder of the debt of gratitude I happily owe.   What is a Green River #3?

 

BIGGUNDOCTOR, No twist in these eucs.  And as for the cut with the double-bit, it's all in the camera angle!

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