Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusets Shooters Foundation

This week Ruger is offering a Bisley Single-Six in .32 H&R Magnum, that was used as a show gun.  This revolver is marked with a U for Used because it shows a little shop wear from being handled, but that just makes it a good shooter for you so you don't end up with a safe queen.  CLICK HERE to read the full description.  This extra-cool revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, so go place your bid.

Valentine Song Festival! Sway, Dean Martin

Industry Day at SHOT, by GunBlast's Jeff Quinn

Monday, January 16, 2017

Valentine Song Festival! Stardust, Performed by Nat King Cole

Tuesday Torque: Pre-Grid Electricity

I read about this engine many years ago.  The Mt. Wilson Observatory needed electric power, and in the early 1900's you had to make it yourself.  An engine collector discovered the old Fairbanks still in place and put it back in operation so it can be studied by younger generations who visit the observatory.

Bonus Video, Thanks To Merle for spotting this and contacting me!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Valentine Song Festival! Mary Chapin Carpenter, Passionate Kisses

Weekend Steam: Overhauling A 1914 Rumely 16-48 Traction Engine

It's well worth your time to click this video over to YouTube and read the description of the work that had to be done to this engine.

Valentine Song Festival! Nellie Kelly, I Love You!

We had such a positive response(Hey, five comments on a theme over a month is pretty good here!) last year to our daily love-worn songs that we are going to do it all over again.  The list is large, so there will be many songs we did not use last year.  We are starting out with Nellie Kelly  because that's the kind of music that started this little blog.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No Safe Cities

Form Community Groups!  Yes, That Will Fix It!

You will see the police official lamenting that people are not coming forward with information about the murders. Witnesses know that Snitches Get Stitches! Witnesses in St. Louis have been turning up dead lately, and that is happening everywhere. You don't rat out your neighborhood gangster; not if you don't want to be beaten to death or shot.

Hollow Helpers

Overmature and damaged black oaks become hollow in spectacular fashion sometimes.  You always thump a black oak to see if it's all there when you measure it, and this is why.  Carpenter ants love to eat black oak (and other red oak species, too).

They are like big, bad termites, and boy do they tear down a tree.  The snag I dropped last weekend was riddled with them for several feet.

There is something peculiar about the red oaks that I can't figure out.  A standing snag will have damp wood when you drop it and split it, but being an open pored wood, it dries fast, and burns well within a few weeks.  However, red oak tree tops that are on the ground can be there (drying?) for several years, and when you work them up into firewood they are soppy and must dry for months before they will burn.  I can understand a log lying on the ground being soaked, but tree tops are up off the ground with air moving all around them.  If you are going to work up tree tops, do it while they are fresh so you don't waste your effort on half rotten, soppy wood. I have never found carpenter ants in wood lying on the ground...those bugs are as picky as I am.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Ruger is offering another of their great P85 Pistols this week, so be sure to check their auction page and place a bid.  These pistols do not usually grab the interest of collectors, so it is a good opportunity for you to get a good pistol at a decent price while doing a good deed.  This one is New In Box, and is from 1990.  It will sell mid-day, January 11, 2017.  Click Here to read all about it and to place your bid. $714 <

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Big Engines At Coolspring

There is a good writeup to go with this video if you click it over to YouTube.  The first one you see running is a 1913 vintage one-of-a-kind engine with four cylinders laid out in an N pattern, and producing 300 Horsepower.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Firewood Weekend; Here's One We Dropped Today

Don't Get Wrapped Up In Your Work This Week

Videos of screw-type log splitters keep coming up on my YouTube feed, and they look to me like a maiming or death waiting to happen.  Watch this fellow working constantly around the spinning screw.  If it ever grabs him, it's Curtains.

Watch this next video and see how easy it is to be hurt working around equipment.

Back (Safely) To The Old Grind!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Not My Victrola: Pax41 Shares Some Music From 1917

This music doesn't seem as old to me as it should, because I have been listening to it all my life.  The percussion in Oh Johny, Oh is very typical of pre-electric recordings.  The engineers needed sound that would record well, and wooden blocks did a great job coming through, even with a worn out needle in the parlor phonograph.

"Racial Rage"

It's a real thing.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekend Steam: Minnesota New Giant

This is a rare engine, one of only a couple that are operable in the country.  What is really extra-neat is that it has a Clark feedwater pump just like the one on the New Giant engine that operates every Labor Day weekend at Old Threshers, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  That is a rare treat!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Musical Brainstorm

Many years ago we read most of  Hank The Cowdog's adventures.  Every book has a song or two, and they are all fun.  For some reason one of the Buzzard songs came to mind the other day and I went looking on YouTube.  Here it is; great fun, and the Buzzards remind me of Da Yoopers!

We gave away our Hank books to someone who needed them, and now I am wanting to revisit the series. Here is where you can study the selection: Click

Thank Goodness It Was "Just People Ranting."...

...according to a Police Superintendent.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Months With An R

Time to be doing your necessary pruning.  If you don't have a good pruning blade, look them up on Forestry Suppliers or Ben Meadows.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Here's a rare one, and the collectors have noticed.  It is a Blackhawk Convertible fro 1989 with cylinders for .32 H&R Magnum and .32-20.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Light Foundation. Click Here to read all about it.  $1175