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  1. Hello all. I've been away for a bit. This could end up being a long story, so I'll make it as short as possible. About six months ago the lady in D1 apt. had her sister move in with her kids, 9 total in a 2 bedroom upstairs apt. They often supplied liquor to one of the kids, a minor boy and his girl friend, and any and all friends that came over and encouraged them to sleep together and make babies. You see, these 2 sisters have kids for income. They broke all the rules, numerous complaint's were made in writing to management in the last six months, even by people not living in our building (8 apts.). The young couple (X-military) moved in the 1st of march underneath the sisters. Between then and the time of the fire (less than 30 days) they had called the police 5 times for making too much noise, banging on walls and floors, loud music, all times of the day and night. Early Sunday morning on the 25th of march 5 drunkin teenagers (2 boys & 3 pregnant girls) was playing a game with fire crackers. They thought is was funny to drop a lit fire cracker in a bottle of 151 rum and watch the fuse go out, until....one had a fast fuse. It went off, exploding the bottle and the flaming liquid went everywhere. There was only vinyl soffit above the wood deck balcony. Once the fire was in the attic, it went from one end of the building to the other in less than 10 minutes... Before the fire department even got there. The 4 upstairs apartments are gone. Luckily we were on the ground floor, and only had smoke and water damage. We were allowed 4 hours to retrieve anything of value the next day, but anything cloth or that absorbed smoke is a loss. The worst part is we had no insurance...and..the fire investigator deemed it an accidental fire. So I'm sure they lied about the fire. We spent 2 weeks in a motel until we were given an upstairs apartment in another building for my wife, son, me and my 91 year old mother. So my son is now sleeping on a old worn out couch donated by someone. My wife and I, and my mother, have old used worn out beds also donated. The Red Cross, Good Will, DHS, and a host of private citizens has got us by, but we are out very, very much. The second morning at the hotel, our maid said that the same teenager that started the fire with his friends came to her with puke soaked sheets and said he had too much to drink. You would think after the life changing events of the fire would change the way of these 2 ladies, but no. They continue to supply booze to minors and encourage sleeping with minor girls. It's a small world in that the owners of the apartment complex is also the owners of the hotel and booted them out of the hotel as soon as they found out they were there. Both sisters has open cases of child neglect and abuse. One of the sisters was in the lobby of the hotel when my wife went for breakfast and she was complaining to everyone in the lobby that DHS is cutting them off, donators are requesting the donations back, and Red Cross would not prosecute if they returned the money donation they were given. Below is links to the local new's station on the fire. Someone told me to start a go fund me page. I don't know what that is, I'm not that knowledgeable of these things. So I'm reaching out the only way I know how. If anyone would care to donate to us we would Greatly, and Deeply Appreciate it. Our new address is: John E. Adams, 848 S. Chestnut St. Apt. A1, Reed City, MI 49677 Thank You Very Kindly to those that can help in any way! http://www.9and10news.com/2018/03/27/reed-city-apartment-fire-still-investigation-volunteer-departments-quick-respond/ http://www.9and10news.com/2018/03/26/reed-city-community-comes-together-support-families-following-apartment-fire/ http://www.9and10news.com/2018/03/26/families-trying-recover-items-fire-reed-city-apartment-complex/ http://www.9and10news.com/2018/03/25/dozens-people-displaced-reed-city-apartment-fire/ http://www.9and10news.com/2018/03/25/red-cross-supports-families-displaced-reed-city-apartment-fire/ We are 1st on the list for a 3 bedroom downstairs apartment, so this upstairs is only temporary. But how long temporary is...we have no idea. btw, the reason the apartment complex management told us why they did not act upon the complaints and request to have the people evicted is that they had too many vacant apartments. Later, I found out there was only 4 vacant apartments out of 39. 3-two bedroom upstairs and 1-three bedroom ground floor apartment. It's funny...the ground floor and 1 of the upstairs apartments that were vacant was in the building that burnt. And they were only recently vacant because the tenants told me personally they did not feel safe with the people in the apartment that started the fire. All I can say is I hope the owners are happy! I made a New Years Resolution to have a positive attitude after being denied the 2nd time for SSDI. You know, it's hard enough when life crushes you, but when something like this happens...I just feel like throwing in the towel. What's the point of going on. It took us 2-1/2 years to pay for a couch and love seat at our local rent to own, and made the last payment the first of March. And it went into the dumpster. All the beds I bought brand new when we move into the apartment after we lost our house. The money came from selling all my wood working machines. The last 10 years it just seams like life wants to defeat me, ruin me, bury me. I wish it would hurry up and complete the later.
  2. RFID Material for Wallets and Bags

    I have a few idea's for wallets I would like to do. With all the season's adds running, RFID protected products seams to be a big one. Does anyone know what this RFDI material is? Or where it can be bought...inexpensively? I would think our Leather Suppliers would be all over this, adding it to their kits.
  3. Sno-Seal by Sorel, an Atsko Co.

    Sorry I haven't update, but due to financial stress, we were without internet for a month. Below is pictures of the sheath I did with Sno-Seal. I did the fancy lace as suggested. Took me a few tries to get it started correctly, but once I got it figured out, it went well. Other than cutting the lace short by 50% on the first side, it turned out well. It did me good to practice on ending and starting. When I showed to my young X-Marine neighbor. Took him about 10 seconds to pull out his wallet and ask, "How Much"? So it's gone, but I did manage to take the pics first. I paid a $1 for the knife at a yard sale few years back. Did a good sharpening job on it, and sold the finished product for $15. I was going to ask $25, but I always give a discount to those who have served.
  4. Our most popular stamps

    So many wonderful stamps....and I have to be on the waiting list for SSDI... I hope I live long enough to get some stamps!!!
  5. Thank You Very Kindly for sharing your unique technique Mr. Brooks! I personally don't do holster, but I know I will be trying out your technique in the future to simulate age on items I make. Best wishes and Merry Christmas...Everyone!
  6. Sno-Seal by Sorel, an Atsko Co.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I did find out through looking through pictures of the Franklin oil that the new bottles say it contains Neatsfoot Oil. But doesn't say what percentage or mention any other product. I'll assume it's standard Neatsfoot Oil. If memory serves me right, that is what was suggested decades ago to use on new gloves to loosen them up. But I did put a question in to Franklin Products to make sure that the stuff I have is the same formula as the new stuff.
  7. Sno-Seal by Sorel, an Atsko Co.

    No, never on the inside. But the one's that I used the Sno-Seal on had at least 600 Grams of Thinsulate and either Gortex or Ultra Dry by Red Wing/Irish Setter Boots. I did try it on the back of the sheath. Left it a little waxy, but I'm sure that will ware off over time. I'm not fully satisfied with the results on the first sheath. For the next one I have some old Franklyn Baseball Glove oil. Back in those days (over 4 decades) contents were not manditory on the container, so I have no idea of the make up of the product. But I just sat down to look on the net and see what I can find out about it as it does have a part number on it. And I need to look up a "Lacing How To" as I just glued the front to the back of the first sheath. I haven't done any lacing since middle school (over 4 decades too). And this is 4 layers thick of 5-6oz so I need a fancy type lace to cover the width.
  8. I've been putting my boots in the oven and treating them with Sno-Seal for decades. After my last attempt with Neetsfoot Oil, I'm thinking I'm going to try Sno-Seal on the inside and backside of latest knife sheaths before I stitch, lace and rivet them. Sno-Seal is an all natural product of Bees, specifically 100% processed Bees Wax with no additives or chemicals. It contains no grease or artificial chemicals like other water sealing products. Bear grease and artificial products can cause bacteria growth, and speed up the process of aging and drying out the leather if not regularly treated. I'm just curious if anyone has tried Bees Wax, specifically Sno-Seal on anything? I did a search of Sno-Seal, and nothing specifically turned up for it. I will continue on with my results under this thread when I get finished for future reference.
  9. Bridle Edge Dye

    Eco Flow Super Shene is all I have.
  10. SOOOOOO MUCH SCRAP!!!!

    Search on Pinterest, lots of ideas there. I used some of my scraps on knives I got at an auction that only had a handle insert on one side, customized with a name. Takes little time and a little epoxy. Rings are something else I'm going to look into doing. Change purses, wrist straps, maybe knife handle wraps on fixed blades. Sheaths for folding lockbacks. Cell phone cases, Ipad and other tech device cases. I carry a little note pad in my pocket everywhere I go, I thought about making a leather cover for it to keep the pages from curling. Wallets, coasters, even fanny packs.
  11. Ks blade punch

    As a wood worker...That is a piece of pride! Very well done, and the choice of hardware sets it off rather nicely! I am going to guess that there are magnets involved for holding the tools in place and closures?
  12. That looks pretty darn good! The darker ware area's are in just the right spots. Would you care to share your method? Or is it your trade secret?
  13. Bridle Edge Dye

    I have been using Hi-Lite to slick with. Seams to work out fine for me. I just brush on some shene afterwards. But they do make edge paint, but I've yet to afford it to try.
  14. I have a problem I need help solving with finish work

    I'm really new to all of this. I learned some 40+ years ago in middle school. After life changing events I no longer have my wood shop, so I'm taking something up to take up my time that I can do in the apartment here. So it's a learn as I go type thing. As for color bleeding, I don't think that will happen. All the color I used was paint, not dye or stain.. But good questions!
  15. I have a problem I need help solving with finish work

    Thanks for the advise. I put the super shene on one side, the neats foot oil on the other. I'm a figurin I put too much oil on and it soaked through to the front side and goed the shene. Lesson learned. And per the link and advice, I used some household alcohol and scrubbed with an old toothbrush and all turned out well. I've got 3 other sheaths in the making, but they are on hold as I've taken them as far as I can. Need to acquire some funds for color to finish. All 3 are for fixed blades. One I made a mold and formed it, one I used spacers, and the last one I did a fold w/spacer on one side. One will laced, one stitched, maybe 2 row stitched (by hand) and the last rivited (maybe stitched too) to work on those processes.