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So, I'm new to the site but I figured out that there is this nifty little blog feature. I am a pyrographer. I burn designs into wood. It's amazing how relaxing it can be to create something so beautiful from something so potentially chaotic. Currently my works have been patriotic or pagan in genre. Eventually, as I gain more skill, I will branch into others as well. I am more than happy to help answer any questions, to help you find the tools, etc.
I made this firetruck for my grandson 12 years ago. I went to the internet to get ideas. I used exotic woods where I could. The ladder (curly maple) extends and swivels. The hose comes off the reel and cranks back up. I painted in all the gauges. I didn't have a lathe at that time and made the wheels and rims with the drill press. The lug bolts are tacks I found. He still loves it and is displayed in his room
"Back From The Archives" I was asked to clear the machines out of a local mill that was built in the 1870's. The building caught on fire back in 2008 when a couple of kids burned it down when they were in there smoking pot. The fire destroyed some very rare and beautiful machines. Fortunately some of the machines can be and will be saved. I was asked to move the machines out of the building which is scheduled to be demolished in the next couple of days, so Andy Guss, my dad and brother spent the weekend moving them out and into storage with the exception of one very beautiful machine which went home with me. I didn't take any pics of the building but I know Andy did so maybe he can post some pics. Most of the machines are from the mid 1800s to early 1900s. Here's some pics. Hall and Brown 416 Band Saw. A very rare 18 inch Crescent Jointer ... I have one just like this one so why is this one rare? Because it has the 6 spoke handwheels, no serial number and the logo that is cast into the base is one that I have never seen. It looks similar to mine but the wording is different. The logo is very hard to read but it says "Crescent Machine Co." on the first line ... They usually say "The Crescent Machine Co." The second line reads "Leetonia Ohio" ... They usually just say "Leetonia" ... and the words are also in an arch like the first line which I have never seen ... They are usually straight, not arched. And the third line just says "U.S.A" ... not arched like the other two lines ... They usually say Ohio U.S.A. Next is a L. Houston Co. tenoner. I love this pic because the huge tenoner, which is over 8 feet tall, virtually blends in with the background. Next is a Hall & Brown Moulder, sorry for the poor pic. A W.A. Heath Machine Co. dual drum sander. This thing is a monster and weighed more than any of the machines we moved. It has to weigh close to 4,000 pounds. A Boult's Carver and Moulder. A very cool J.A. Fay & Egan Table Saw. Not pictured is a J.A. Fay & Co. all wooden framed Cut-Off Saw and a Hall & Brown Table Saw. Okay .... Here is the machine that went home with me .... insert HUGE smiley face here. An 1860s/70s J.A. Fay & Co. Single End Tenoner. This has to be one of the most beautiful machines I have ever seen. I will let the pics speak for themselves. Have you ever seen a more ornate machine? The main base/body of the machine is one single casting (all 4 sides are one piece) and how they were able to get that much detail into it 150 years ago is just simply amazing. I plan on doing a full restoration on the tenoner. I found some original colors ... red, green, yellow/white and black, and some pinstripes. I hope to find more of the original paint so I can do an accurate restoration on it. It should be beautiful when done. Thanks for looking, Shane
Trash can fire in an upstairs bedroom last night. Smoke and water damage. I got a bit of smoke inhalation from trying to put it out with glasses of water...didn't work, got out and let the fire department take over.. Damage to just the one bedroom (scrorched everything) and water damage. Everyone got out in time, even me. Tools are fine, Red Cross is here. Details as they occur....
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