Saturday, July 31, 2010
YouTube lets us see lots of things that we would miss otherwise. I have never had the opportunity to watch a steam shovel in action, so these videos are a treat. You can see the fireman stoking the boiler in the first one; the second one gives you a look at the winching engine as it runs.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Gun Blogger Rendezvous at Reno is just forty days away, and you need to send in your registration. Mr. Completely is working hard to make the Rendezvous bigger and better every year, and in addition to the great swag from shooting related industries which will be given to attendees, Mr. C now has a Glock, and a Hi-Point carbine which will be raffled off to benefit our wounded warriors through Project Valour IT. You must attend in order to win! This year there will be three range days again where you will have the opportunity to shoot a variety of firearms out to 1000 yards, learn how to shoot the Steel Challenge, and maybe even become a fast drawing gunslinger under the tutelage of Quick Cal.
Click on the Rendezvous link to register and to find the info on discounted rooms at the Silver Legacy for those attending GBR. It's a good cause, and you will have the time of your life!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Boonville may have been short on steam engines last week, but the other exhibitors still managed to have a good time. Eight draft animals may be a bit much for a two bottom plow, but it was fun to watch. The little filly you hear and see toward the end was going from person to person looking for moral support while her mama was hitched up. She made a lot of friends, and was a real highlight of the show.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We have been going over to Boonville, Indiana for the steam and gas engine shows at Thresherman Park since EJ was a baby, and he is twenty eight years old now. I think this is the forty-seventh year for the club at Boonville. The unwelcome surprise today was ONE steam engine, and a gasoline tractor powering the sawmill. I asked around, and evidently there is some sort of brou-ha-ha between most of the steam exhibitors and the board of directors. I hope they work out their differences soon; the fall show is coming up in October. I visited with some of the gas engine exhibitors, and shot some video of engines running, then headed home.
The summer show at Boonville, Indiana is going on this weekend. One of the attractions you will enjoy there is this sawmill, which is located in a shady grove with several benches nearby to enhance your viewing pleasure.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Farm Air out of Fairfield, Illinois covers a big area, and I often see their plane doing its work while I am out and about. This summer they have been busy spraying for Japanese beetles, which love to eat corn silks, and soybean leaves. Pilot Mark was killing beetles for a neighbor recently, and I ran out with my pocket camera to get some video. Not too many years ago they were flying Pratt and Whitney powered Ag Cats. The big radial engines sound a lot nicer to an engine nut like me, but this turbo-prop powered beauty does the job quicker and more safely.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
This video series from Ruger has plenty of good tips for new and experienced shooters alike. A little trick that EJ passed on to me is to over-reach the support hand when placing it around your shooting hand. Press your hands together, then pull the support hand around, into position. It helps you to snug up your grip that extra little bit that is so important.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Blogger Curtis Lowe sent the link to this great video; Thank You, Mr. Lowe! This looks like a great steam show, and I noticed for the first time that the English seem to have a preference for cross-compound engines. Be sure that you notice the showman engine models. These little beauties each have a generator mounted in front of the smokestack to provide lighting at nighttime events.
You don't have to go all the way to England to get your steam engine fix; there are plenty of good steam and gas engine shows right here in the US for you to visit. Click on the link under Stoke Up! in the left sidebar for FARM COLLECTOR SHOW DIRECTORY! It is an easy site to surf, and you can sort the shows by month or state.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Believe it or not, Beale Street Blues was on the B side of Victor record number 18369. The Side A designation went to Old Grey Mare, which we will post next time. I like Old Grey Mare, too, but I think Side B has better name recognition ninety-some years later. Both sides were recorded on August 13, 1917.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Harrodsburg, Kentucky was home to the Bohon engine line, and later the D.T. Bohon engines. Both of these brands are exceedingly rare today, and I have seen only a few. This D.T. Bohon belongs to Gary Bahre, of Sparta, IL, whom you have seen on this blog firing up a humongous Bessemer engine. The background noise is a Lister Diesel engine that Gary had on the same trailer, and since you can barely hear the Bohon over it, I threw in a clip of the Lister at the end of this video.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
US Citizen instructs Phil (From the UK) in the operation of a 12 gauge coach gun. Look through The Packing Rat's photos and you will see that Phil had a great time, also shooting pistols and rifles.
Meet Derek, who should be named the official photographer for GBR (Day Three GBR IV linked). He not only takes great photos, he is the man to beat at fast draw.
Click over to Mr. Completely's Gun Blogger Basics Post to read some important details about GBR, Mr. C's latest post about GBR events, then go to the GBR Website to sign up.
Ruger Firearms has posted a new video showing you how to clear your home if you are ever faced with this situation. I have prefaced it with another good one they posted on effective flashlight techniques. After you have watched these videos, click over to CarteachO's current post on flashlight techniques. He has some good thoughts that may help you.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
"Waitin' For The Evenin' Mail," by Marion Harris was recorded in May of 1923, and this YouTube posting is by Pax41. Al Jolson also recorded this song in 1923, and his version is the one I am familiar with, because we have it on a vinyl re-issue from 1981. I wish I had an original so I could share it with you, because he interprets the song a bit differently than Miss Harris. It's an amusing song no matter who sings it, so listen a few times to get it stuck in your head, and you will find yourself singing this one when you think that no-one is listening . "Honey, please don't fail me, Hurry up and mail me bail, That's just a year ago..." That's entertainment!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
This odd rig was once common in the oilfields of the eastern US, and there may still be a few in operation out there somewhere. This engine would have been set in a powerhouse on a knob or point, with rod-lines radiating out to oilwells, where a bellcrank would change the horizontal reciprocation to vertical,operating the rods and pump in the oilwell tubing. This is a small engine; I think it is just eight horsepower, and was meant to operate up to six wells of 1000 feet.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
In other e-Postal news, Random Nuclear Strikes has posted the results for the June match. Take a good look at the scores. If Mr. Completely tries to lure you into a game of pool, my advice is to run!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Ruger is producing a great series of videos for our education and enjoyment. This segment was posted a few weeks ago, and I will be watching for the next one for the True Blue visitors.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I have been looking around on YouTube for someone playing "Jefferson and Liberty" without success. This video ends with "Yankee Doodle," so it will do for today. If I find "Jefferson and Liberty" I will add it to this post. Be safe today!
UPDATE! Still no "Jefferson and Liberty," but the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performs a very nice medley of "The Minstrel Boy" and "Soldier's Joy" in the video below.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Uncle Josh is winding up his visit to New York City, and invites his new friends to come out to the country for a visit. Cal Stewart recorded this gem (?) in September of 1903, and you will probably notice that although this record is more than a century old, it has very little wear. Maybe folks have been afraid of hyperventilating if they listened to it.