Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What a view!!!!!!!

Here are some photo's that Dad took the other morning. Enjoy!!!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011


As the title says "UUUUUGGGGGGG".
 I finished my first week work at the Mennonite community, and it was a good week. One day I cut up to 180 boards with a hand saw!!!!! MAN OH MAN, was my arm tired by the end of the day!!!!!On payday I was paid in cash, and $200 of that was in $1 bills!!!!!!! LOL That was a WAD of cash.
Now this morning I woke up with a sinus head ache, and runny nose, I just figured it was allergy's, so I went on to work. But around 1:00 I started having chills and was getting dizzy, and weak. I called Dad and told him that I didn't feel well, and my strength was all but gone.
 When I got home I found out I had a low grade fever. So I have a nice head cold with allergy's on top of it, hopefully I will be able to go to work tomorrow, because........well I would like to have the $$$$$$$$ LOL
So I got to get some rest,

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Well today was a different kind of day. First off, our neighbor Ron called and said that 6 of his Black Angus calves had gotten out and needed help getting them back in. So Dad and I helped out, and we both ran about 1 mile chasing a CRAZY calf over the hill, and though the woods........ Isn't there a child's poem that starts like that...LOL We got 4 in, 1 got away from us, and the other we haven't even seen.
 After that Dad went to Bowling Green, and I worked in the shop. Well about 3 hours latter Ron calls again and said that he found one of the calves and need some help. Not having my drivers licence and not having a car, I jumped on my bike and pedaled about 1.3 miles (I haven't been on my bike in about a year), and then ran like a mad man (Like I am) chasing this calf once again down the road. After about 1 mile of very vigorous running he got away once again, and we haven't seen him since.
So I had quit the day......And I will probably get to do it all again tomorrow, for I promised Ron that I would help him look for those other 2 in the morning, and then help him move the other 4 back to his farm.
 I am absolutely whore out and I have to get up EARLY in the morning.......So why am I on the computer typing........I haven't a clue

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A day in the shop

Have you ever wondered what my day's in the shop is like....... Well, probably not. LOL, Wheather you have, or haven't, I will tell you what all I did today.

The shop looks a LOT better since I cleaned it up!!!

First things first. Coffe and making a plan of what to make.

Also have to have some good country music.

Time to cut!!! I am using a new bandsaw that we
just bought. I LOVE this little machine!!!

A close up!!!

OK. I have most of it cut, now to mark it and hammer it!!!

And that means working with FIRE!!!! I used to use kerosene to light my fires, but uuhhh some times it didn't work out so well. So now what I do is shave off a hand full of cedar, to do this I use the shaving horse and draw knife

Then I split some white pine in to cigarete size pieces.

Now light the cedar!!!!!

Well... At least it's just a little smoke......

As usual I spoke to soon.
While the smoke clears I mark out the metal that I have to taper.

Now that's HOT!!!! If you don't beleve me then
 touch a piece of metal that looks like this.

The metal I was working with was pretty short, but thankfully
I have these kevlar gloves that my good friend Dave Custer gave me!!! Thanks Dave

OK. That looks about right

Later on I put a twist in this angle brace.
It took me about an hour and a half to do all of this, I know it might seem a little slow, but hammering 1/2" steel to a point, and twisting it is no little project.
 After lunch I started on a hanging pot rack (yesssss I will post photo's soon) all four sides will be hammer textured, and will be rivited together....I think
Well it's 10:00 pm and I am tired, so as they said on the "Walton's" "Good night Johnboy"

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stuff I have made this last week!!!!

Hey yall, here are some stuff that I have made in the shop last week. Let me know what you think.

This cross is made of one piece of metal.

This is a flower pot/glass ball hanger.
It took me a little over 2 days to make.

The scrolls were the hardest thing to make, I made about 12
of them before I made one that looked any good

This is called a basket twist, I wouldn't have been able to make it with out the instructions that my good friend Dave Custer showed me a few months ago
So as Bugs Bunny says, That's all folks!!!!