Friday, July 1, 2016

Antique Powerland, Salem, Oregon

This looks like a great place to go if you are traveling in the neighborhood.  I don't know if or when we will be out west, but this one is going on our list. Website Here.

At 7:30 AM, July 1, 1916, The Brits Went Over The Top...

...on the first day of the Somme Offensive.  1916 was the year that Europe was bled white.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

That Big Red Maple

goes on and on and on.  Working up firewood during the summer is not fun, but yard trees cannot wait.  They must be cleaned up no matter what the heat and humidity are doing.  The loader on the Kubota tractor is allowing us to handle wood that we would have discarded.  I can roll a big piece in the bucket and then roll it onto the splitter.  Pieces like these are hernias waiting to happen if you try to manhandle them.  A high of 80 is predicted for Saturday, with low humidity, so this tree will soon be stashed in the barn.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Ruger has offered another popular firearm this week, and the collectors are piling on.  This is a Mk II from 1986 that was built for the U.S. Government and returned for a split grip. It was repaired, and has been in Ruger's vault ever since.  There have been a few others like this one, and my guess is that Ruger simply sent out a replacement immediately rather than make our Military wait for a repair.  As I post this the collectors have run this pistol up to $1525, and the minimum bid is $1550.  If this gun trips your trigger CLICK OVER to read all about it and to place the winning  bid.  This pistol will sell mid-day, Wednesday, June 29, 2016.  100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team.  $1576

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tuesday Torque: Big Falk Engine

We never get a good look at the tag on this beast, but I think it is a 10 HP model.  Falk engines came in 3, 5, 10, and 15 horsepower models, and this looks like the 10 HP ones I have seen.  Never having seen a 15 HP Falk, and not having much for scale in this video, I can't exclude that possibility.  Lots of neat motion going on here in one of the prettiest mechanical marvels of the early Twentieth Century.

There are three adjustments on top of the carburetor. One is for adjusting the mixture for the gasoline section, then there is the kerosene section that the engine ran on once it was warmed up a bit. The third one is for adding a little water to the mix to prevent the kerosene from pre-igiting or detonating. That section is left alone by folks showing these old engines. It is easier just to run them on gasoline, and if you don't work them you don't need water to make them behave.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows

A look inside an abandoned flour mill.  Rolling equipment, chutes, lineshafts, clutches, belts, and more.

Back To The Old Grind! Title lifted from a John Prine song (Souvenirs).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ruger .44 Magnum Birdshead Vaquero, Chapter Two

I assembled a few loads with Blue Dot and 240 grain Jacketed hollow points, and they ran great.  The gun still shoots a bit low, but you don't have to hold the front sight up nearly as much with the heavier bullets.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ruger .44 Magnum Vaquero; Get One While You Can

Ruger announced the .44 Magnum Birdshead Vaquero early in 2016, and it is already pulled from their catalog. This is a great little thumper for carrying around the farm and home with the abbreviated grip and a barrel only 3.75 inches long. The checkered grips keep the gun snug in your hand under recoil. I am shooting 200 grain bullets in this first time out with the gun, and I have to hold the front sight up just a bit. I will be loading some 240s, and I think that will put it right on target with proper sight alignment.

 Ruger has pulled this model from their catalog, so I think they have finished the production run on this little beauty. Call your favorite firearm emporium if you want one. Ruger still lists the .45 Colt, .45 Auto, and .357 Magnum in this 3.75 inch Birdshead version of the Vaquero.

The reason I almost started laughing near the end is I thought about the reporter who told us he was bruised shooting an AR15, and that it gave him PTSD. He'd probably wet his pants if he tried one of these. The gongs are made by Rifleman Training Targets. They are water-cut AR500 steel.

Update:  I  have loaded some 240 grain bullets with a load of Blue Dot and will be trying them this upcoming weekend.  Stay Tuned for Part Two of the Ruger .44 Magnum Vaquero.

Set 'em Up Right, Or Die

Hat Tip to Kevin Baker for spotting this on the Book of Faces. I will watch that account for more of these. This tree has a great deal of rot in it, which you will see near the end of the video, but that is not what almost kills this logger.  It evidently has lean or weight that is making it want to go, and it does go when the tensioned wood is severed.  A good many of the western loggers resist bore cutting to establish a hinge, and that is exactly what a tree like this one needs.  Make an open face so the falling tree can rotate down, punch through the tree leaving an adequate hinge behind the face, THEN cut the backstrap to release the tree.  This guy cut his backstrap (Tensioned Wood) before his hinge was made and he nearly paid with his life.

These videos were posted on Chainsaws & Forestry on the Face Place.

And speaking of proper setup:  A rope is used to hold against side lean, not at 90 degrees to it.  Know your lean limits.  A 50 segment tree can be brought up and over up to about 10 feet of back lean.  A 60 segment tree can be wedged over against about 8 feet of back lean.  A 70 segment tree can be wedged over against about 6 feet of back lean.  An 80 segment tree can be wedged over from about 3 or 4 feet of back lean.  A 90 segment tree can be wedged over against 1 or maybe 2 feet of back lean.  Good luck with those tall thin ones.  The top has a lot of leverage against you.

Those numbers are important because you can hold against less than half those amounts for side lean.  A back leaning tree is pulling evenly across the hinge.  A side leaning tree is compressing one side of the hinge, and is pulling on the other.  Figure your maximum back lean number for a tree, divide by two, and then subract a safety margin based on your experience.  NEVER EVER cut a tree that has weight or lean toward a house, power line, boat, children, playground equipment, etc., etc.  Learn in the woods to develop your skills, but don't be cutting trees where they can smash something.  Call a tree climber or a guy with a bucket truck.  Here's why.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Dog In Its Proper Habitat!

                                         Photo Credit: Eric Janssen; used with permission.

Every dog lover should be following Eric Janssen on Facebook, and also I Love Schipperkes, where Eric also posts photos of his travels with the faithful barge dog, Saartje the Schipperke.  This is the part of the world where Schipperkes were bred.  Schipperkes are well known as ratters for shopkeepers, homes, and barges that moved goods on the waterways of  Belgium and the Netherlands.  Schips are very brave watchdogs known for never backing down from someone threatening their home and family.  Saartje is living the dream life of a Schipperke, and I wish I could go across the ocean and get to know Eric and his dog.  But, we can live the dream through the pictures he posts, and the television shows that are documenting their travels.

Our Schipperkes are all landlubbers, and dream only of chasing squirrels.  We don't want fleas, so we don't allow them to be squirrel dogs, though they would be excellent with their keen eyesight and quick nerves.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Ruger is offering another first class collectible firearm this week.  This is a .44 Magnum Carbine commemorating the 25th anniversary of this model, and the end of its production.  Collector interest is high, of course, but go look anyway and read all about it.  This fine little rifle will sell mid-day, Wednesday, June 22, 2016.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team.  Click Here.  $1765

June 21 is William Ruger's 100th birthday.  Ruger is celebrating by offering some limited edition collector items over the next few months.  Sign up on the Ruger website to be notified if you like that sort of thing.

Bill Whittle On Orlando

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tuesday Torque: Small Engine Conversion

A creative modeler took an early Briggs and Stratton engine and built it into a side shaft hit-and-miss engine.  Pretty neat.  One side shaft does nothing but spin a dummy governor.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Down The Rat Hole Of History

The Morrison Mill began operation in 1833, and continued until 1964 in the same family. The stone bur mill for corn meal was installed in 1859, and when we visited in 1987 it was still in place.  The owner operated the mill on a limited basis as a local tourist attraction and handed out one pound bags of meal.  There is also machinery for making flour and rolled oats on the upper floor.  It was quite an operation in its day.

Those days are gone, and I heard that the building was falling in on itself.  The bur mill is probably salvageable if someone can afford a crane to reach in and pluck it out.  That's not likely.  This Nineteenth Century factory is going down the tube.

Click to enlarge.  You can see the main line shaft in this shot.  The bur mill for corn meal is just below that on the first floor.

Ain't no goin' back for this old grind.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Final Mag!

We had a very pleasant evening at the Carmi Rifle Club.  Pattie shot three times, and she shot like a champ, running faster every mag when she was shooting, and making many clean runs.   Susan and I are both shooting better with the weekly sessions, and having a good time.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ramadan Is Warming Up...



Have A Heartbreak

The good news is that all four coons have been removed from the chimney.  The sad news is that one of them died.  The last holdout evidently came out and was trapped early in the day and worried itself to death in the trap.  The trap was in shade all afternoon, but look at how the coon dug on the floor of the trap trying to escape.  It's a shame, and not pleasant to think about.  

The live trap I always think of is Havahart, from Tomahawk, Wisconsin.  Knockoffs are made in China and sold in farm supply stores, and I am glad to see that Havahart is still making a go of it.  The thing you will learn if you use live traps is that many animals go nuts in these humane traps.  We have used the live-mouse-traps, and it is not a pretty sight the way mice die in those traps. We went back to snap traps that break the neck or skull.  We have moved many a 'possum and coon with live traps, and as long as you check regularly the animals have no problem.  We do not try to catch feral cats in them because we cannot think of a way to safely take an angry cat out of the trap.  I have cornered a few and grabbed them with welding gloves.  Not too sure if I want to try that again after experiencing a cat bite.

Some will ask why we didn't just shoot the problem animals.  They were in town; there was a mother with babies, and of course there is the time involved in waiting out nocturnal animals so you can make a shot.  Shooting wasn't practical, or legal in this instance, and the mama with two of her youngsters have been placed in a woods five miles out of town.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Get ready for a broken heart.  Ruger is offering a Number 1 Light Sporter Rifle in .223 this week. This is a rifle that never went into production.  I would love to have this rifle, because I use a Number 3 Carbine in .223, and I can say that it has never failed me.  It is one of the best guns I ever hope to own.  Last week I thought about placing a bid on the Number 1, but it seems there are many other people who  desire it, too.  Go have a look, and place a bid if you want one of the best shooting rifles in the world.  It sells at mid-day, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team.  $2225, probably going to be a safe queen.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Old Man, John Prine

O.T.'s last birthday cake was in 2010, but we didn't know it then.  He wasn't a pilot, he was a Marine, but the sentiments all fit.

Ramadan Bombathon at Religion Of Peace

I don't see many clicks from this little blog to the Religion Of Peace, which is down the left sidebar.  If you are not familiar with that website, the month of Ramadan is a good time to start reading.  The keepers of this site track terrorist attacks around the world and update news links regularly, and during Ramadan there is a scorecard so you can see the progress being made by devout Muslims.  On Day 9 we are up more than 70 attacks, and more than 600 killed.

I remember when George W. Bush spoke to the nation after the 9/11 attacks, and I believed him when he told us that Islam is a religion of peace, and that the attackers did not represent what the religion is about.  I believed it for a long time.

I meet a great variety of people who are landowners in my work.  One of my favorites is a man with military and government agency experience.  He has been all over the world, doing work that I can't begin to imagine, but I know that he is extremely knowledgeable about people, cultures, government, and more.  So, I asked him when we were out in his timber one time, "In what percentage of the mosques in this country are they preaching jihad?"  He looked stunned that I would ask such a question.  "100%!  That's what Imams do, That is what their book tells them to do."  If you don't believe that, just stop and consider what would happen to an imam who  preached to his flock to embrace Western culture, to love all of us infidels.  He would have more fatwas on his head than he could count.  If he was lucky he would be beheaded or thrown off a building rather than being impaled or burned alive.

Click that link for the R.O.P. about once a week and read the latest news.  There is a wealth of information there, and it would be a good thing if more Americans understand the threat that devout Islamists pose to our country.  Remember, when you hear one of them say "Death To America," it is not an idle threat.  They mean death to you, me, your family, friends, and our way of life.