Thursday, February 11, 2016

Abandoned Corn Picker

Here's a neat piece of old machinery I ran across this week.  I don't know how it survived the scrap metal surge that we had a few years ago, but you will note that the radiator is gone.  No doubt it was stolen by some late-night recycling entrepreneur.

Valentine Countdown: Margie, Performed by Frank Crumit, 1920

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine Countdown: My Heart Belongs To Only You, Bobby Vinton

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This was Bobby Vinton's hit in February and March, 1964.  The Beetles appeared on Ed Sullivan on February 9, 1964, and the kids went nuts for yeah-yeah music.  Our popular music has suffered ever since.

A Schipperke In Its Native Habitat

Eric Janssen posts pictures of his Schip on his barge. Well worth checking every few days.

The American Kennel Club calls the Schipperke a non-working breed, but they are very good ratters, and great little watch dogs.  Our Schips would hunt squirrels if we let them, and they can pop a vole right out of the ground.

Valentine Countdown: Never My Love, The Association

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Ruger's auction this week is one of their highly desirable .44 Magnum Carbines made to commemorate 25 years in 1985.  This fine little rifle is new in the box in Ruger's safe, and it will sell mid-day Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  100 % of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team. Click Here to place the winning bid.

$2755, 31bids.

Valentine Countdown: Your Song, Elton John

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Yard Art

I've been driving by this sad little M for thirty years and finally took a picture last week.  I spoke to the owner twenty years ago and he wasn't at all interested in letting it leave the property.  Take a good look at the photo and you can see the years have not been kind. The top of the water hopper has been lifted by frost, and you can bet the bottom of the water jacket is broken, too.  The sparkplug is gone, so we know the piston is well rusted to the cylinder, which may also be broken by freezing.  If it was a rock I would say "That's Leaverite!" And that's what I did.

Valentine Countdown: When I Fall In Love, Nat King Cole

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine Countdown: If You Knew Susie, Eddie Cantor

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Sweets For The Sweet!

Cacao Beans by Scott Moore Jr.

Back To The Old Grind!

Valentine Countdown: Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Al Jolson

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BIg, Off Balance Pin Oak

This big pin oak died last year and was still solid all the way through.  It had forward weight, but it also had side weight when viewed from the point we wanted to drop it.  If we dropped it in the direction of all the weight it was going to smash a good tree, so we gambled on fighting the side weight, and won.  If the side weight is too great the hinge will not hold when motion begins and the tree will go where gravity wants to take it.  No high value targets were in danger, so it was worth trying.

I placed a couple wedges behind the hinge on the heavy side to keep the hinge from crushing.  If that had happened the other end of the hinge might have ripped apart.  You can see where fiber pull happened in the wide end of the hinge at the end of the video.  Only so much wood will bend in a hinge, and then the wood behind it pulls apart.  You will often hear cutters say they are going to steer a tree by leaving the hinge thick on one end to "pull" the tree around.  That is a big fallacy.  The tree will go where the front end of the hinge points it, and where gravity pulls it.  The thick end of the hinge stabilizes a tree only until there is enough movement to pull it apart, and that is just for an instant while the tree begins to move.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Up On My Chainsaw Soapbox

I am constantly preaching proper chainsaw techniques at work and at play.  This week I saw the remains of a walnut tree that was wrecked by a logger who did not know how to aim a tree properly, and a few days later I stopped a landowner by a stump that I am sure he made and discussed what he had done, and then what he should have done.  Between those two cases there was a filing lesson for a chap who was throwing dust instead of chips, and that's important because a dull saw wears out both the operator and the chain.

Here is an important video by WorkSafeBC that shows the consequences of improper cutting.  The operator in this video was not qualified to be cutting any trees that required hinging or borecutting to prevent barberchairs, and he kept at it until it killed him.

Valentine Countdown: Strangers In The Night, Frank Sinatra

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Countdown Crankup BONUS!

I looked through one of our hard drives and found Oh You Beautiful Doll with a picture show of old sheet music covers and put it back on YouTube for your enjoyment.

This record, and a few others in our collection belonged to my Aunt Bessye Hornung, who is front and center with her husband Carl on their wedding day.

Weekend Steam: A Sad Sight!

The front end broke off this English steam roller while it was out for a spin, and although it looks a mess, no-one was crushed, and the engineer did not allow the boiler to explode. When the front end drops it leaves the crown sheet dry, and the fire must be cooled down quickly to avoid a catastrophe.  He evidently did his work well, because the boiler did not let go when the front end was raised, putting water on the crown sheet again.

Video by Richard180961.

Valentine Countdown: Rainy Day People, Gordon Lightfoot

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Drop Two Snags; Miss The Electrical Box

You have to assess the weight and lean on trees like this, and then hope that the wood is still solid.  Wood gets punky pretty fast in dead trees, and then your aim can be overcome by gravity.  We had one today that broke off its hinge on the way down, and it moved off its aim point by several degrees,  These two trees were still solid and went right where the hinges pointed them.

Another Fairbanks 208!

Looking through photo/video folders I ran across this pump jack and 208, from back in the Spring of 2012.  It's a decent video, even if it is just another Fairbanks 208 running an oil well. I always stop to listen and watch when I run across one of these on my walks in the backcountry of Southern Illinois.

Valentine Countdown: Sealed With A Kiss, Bobby Vinton

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gun Blogger Rendezvous and HAVA Check Presentation... Shot Show. Click and Click.

Gun Blogger Rendezvous will be September 8-11, 2016. Mark it on your calendar!

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Ruger is donating to a different beneficiary this week, and this very rare gun is generating plenty of interest.   This Mk II pistol is evidently a prototype for the pistols that Ruger supplied to the U.S. Army.  It was rollmarked on November 3, 1982, and has been residing in Ruger's safe ever since.  There are slight differences from the pistols produced for the Army, and therefore it is extremely rare and collectible.   As I post this there are thirty bids and the price is over $2400, so brace yourself if you plan to make a bid.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team, and the hammer will fall mid-day, February 3, 2016.  Click Here, or on the picture to place your bid.

46 bids, $4790!  There are some very generous folks out there!