I developed this brush while restoring a very old steam locomotive. It fulfilled it’s task very well, and is still used in places where a regular wire brush can’t reach.
Until the store is up and running really well, I’ll continue to do my service work. I needed a company letterhead, so I made that and a logo to go on it. Here are pictures of both. THIS PAGE is about and experiment with the OO file.
I’ve found that oiling boots is a chore that keeps getting put off, because people don’t want to go get the stuff needed to do the job, and most methods are time consuming. Well, this method is really fast and easy.
The trick is to use a brush instead of a cloth, and to keep the brush in a pan of oil all the time. The pan is a low cost, like less than $2 new, baking pan. The oil is Neatsfoot oil that I buy by the gallon. It’s a better price that by the quart. The brush is a cheap bristle brush that most people consider disposable. This one has lasted for months immersed in oil, with no sign of falling apart. The aluminum foil is a folded over double layer, this is to keep dust out.
This will extend your boot life, and is wa-a-a-ay easier than anything else I’ve done.
I’ll be making pages about East Tn history. I should have done it sooner, because on some of them, they’re a record of a question I asked on social media, and the answers are better than the information I get from online searches. The first one is about Green’s Store, and Green’s Rolling store. I got some really neat replies.
The second page is about why tree trunks were painted white in times past. Some good answers there to, I’ll be looking up how to make lime paint.
The third page is about buildings in the East TN area. Only one picture so far.
Part of the delay in getting stuff for sale online has been shipping. Things get shipped very fast these days, and I’ve been learning the fastest and cheapest ways to ship things. Also, I want the the customer’s experience to be top rate; part of that is the appearance of the envelope or box.
I was thinking about putting a wood grain look on the cardboard boxes and paper envelopes, but then I thought of something better. I’ve made these historic stickers to apply. The source I use for some of my public domain and copyright free pictures is Wikimedia. That site is HERE.
I stopped in to an old school shoe repair shop the other day. It was really neat, like a step back in time. You can read about it, and see more pictures, HERE.
This site is to inform people of our activities, details of our products, and acquaint them with our family. So, with that in mind, here’s a more recent family picture. A few of the guys aren’t part of the immediate family. The cowboy in the middle married my oldest daughter, and the tall guy fourth from the left is a nephew of mine. The rest are all our bunch.
Next, I wanted to tell readers about our Etsy store. We will be selling direct from this site; but first we’ll use other sites like Etsy and Ebay. The Etsy store still needs things added to the profile and homepage, but I have 16 items listed for sale. They’re just a certain type of clip art known as a vector file, but I’ll be adding more tangible items in the future. Here’s a picture of one of the files; this isn’t the actual file itself:
Cameras don’t always record things well. I noticed in the stove ashes some perfectly formed tree bark, from a log that burned. The first picture is a close up of those ashes. I made a gif from the lights on and lights off pictures. Both pictures are the exact same camera position.
Here’s a link to the gif: Ashes & Embers
While studying the artistic aspect of trees, I thought of a different way to photograph leaves. It’s new to me anyway, it uses an old style incandescent flashlight to shine light on the backside of leaves, while getting a picture with black poster board as a background. The pictures are at a page on this site, here’s one of them:
I couldn’t have measured these steps better if I had tried, but I didn’t. They were made by a friend of mine who runs a metal fabrication business. This must be the hand of God, but it seems like there was earth bound help involved Like the man asked what my building needed, and one of my sons said “steps, here are the dimensions”.
Whatever the case, as I said, perfect fit. He said that he was making a lot of steps for a big job, and that this was the sample piece he showed the customer. I did see a whole bunch of steps he made on a trailer, like 200 feet or something.
In the first picture, I added two pressure treated boards as a post, because the siding wasn’t enough support.
In the next picture, I’ve leveled two concrete blocks. The picture doesn’t show it well, but there’s quite the optical illusion when standing next to them. The one in the hole looks too deep.
Next, I’m fitting the pieces together, I haven’t bolted things tight yet.
Here’s a picture from the next morning, after the tools were put away.