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  1. Ferg

    Chink Chaps for My Sisters

    You are a very talented young man with a fabulous family. Six boys with one girl in my family. Ferg
  2. Ferg


    Old folks do not have much to "Crow" about these days. Grandkids spice up our lives. Our oldest Grandson and his wife brought a beautiful little boy into our lives about a month ago. FINLEY is our first GREAT GRANDCHILD. NATHAN proposed to his "little" girl friend recently. They are special kids, both still in college. Nathan is one of seven most favorite GRAND KIDS, Now we have another!!! Ferg
  3. Ferg

    Bell skiver reviews

    Obviously, I don't have all the models out there. I have a Cowboy top and bottom feed that is a close clone to Fortuna, I believe all are. There may be some very subtle differences such as the feet for them. When I was researching the machines it was very clear they had copied most characteristics of the Fortuna Buy what you can afford, BEST SERVICE from dealer, and begin your term of learning to use it. Ferg
  4. Ferg

    Sharpening with a Tormek

    Having a Tormek I can tell you the best way to sharpen odd shaped knives is to do it manually on the finest stone the machine has to offer, no "Jigs". Make light pressure passes and check the angle you have on the blade constantly. Takes practice but it works. Ferg
  5. Ferg

    Steel rule bender manual

    I have a used die bender. They sell new for several thousand dollars, I gave $300 for mine. I cleaned some rust from it after I dismantled. Oiled and greased. It works like a charm. I made a couple connections at Ameriken making it possible to get one or two dies for a good price. I probably have $300 to $400 in dies which constitute about 8 or 10 pieces. The equipment requires much practice to do things correctly. Helps to remember each and everything you have done previous to making an actual die. The steel rule is extremely sharp edged and very strong. I wear heavy leather gloves on one hand when working with the rule. Fascinating work for sure. After making a number of dies along with some I threw away, I am more impressed with the work folks do manually. Watch a computer driven bender do the work, that is fascinating. I convinced my wife and myself that I also needed a wire welder to connect joints, that is interesting and testy also since the material is actually very thin. Again, much practice. Ferg
  6. Ferg

    Old Man

    As I get older many writings/ramblings have meaning to me. I think at least some of you will get a kick out of this. An Old Man & A Bucket Of Shrimp This is a wonderful story and it is true. You will be glad that you read it, and I hope you pass it on. It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean. Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now. Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp. Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier. Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.' In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place. When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home. If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp. To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant....maybe even a lot of nonsense. Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters. Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida ... That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better. His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft. Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive. Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive. The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft...suddenly Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull! Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait....and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea. Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull.... And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude. Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", Chapter 24, pp..221, 225-226) PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America 's first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots. Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that brave men endured for your freedom. As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don't know....You've got to be careful with old guys; you just never know what they have done during their lifetime. Ferg
  7. I believe you should consider a leather with a "suede like" backside. I have several. I realize you probably couldn't wet form it. Suede lining may be your cheapest and best interior. Ferg
  8. Our items weigh from 8 or 9 oz. through maybe 10 pounds. It is really tricky to figure our costs since we drop ship our products direct to buyer. We really have no input on what the eventual retailer charges for mailing/shipping. Ferg
  9. I can appreciate your creativity. Unfortunately, I would not buy it since that is very rough and it would scratch my eye glasses. Ferg
  10. It seems I had a problem with the shipping cost from them . I questioned it and I believe they told me that is an estimate, won't be the final amount. That was disconcerting for me. I like to know what I am getting for what I need to pay. Since we ship thousands of items every year I know the shipping cost just keeps going up. Seems it needs to stop somewhere but never does. Ferg
  11. Ferg

    Sewing machine table height

    I am older than most of you and have problems with knees and lower back. I tried one machine at standing height. Advantage I found with standing, you can see over all the work area a little better than when you sit. My back and legs simply will not withstand standing at any of my machines for more than ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Ferg
  12. I cannot answer for the 4500, I have a 3200 and I am going to assume that since the operation is very similar in the two models.... I find the thin leather falls into the feed dog space/hole and distorts the leather you are sewing. I have a small slot needle plate which has another problem. Thin leather doesn't slide over the plate easily without more than normal foot adjustment pressure thus making marks in the leather face. Bob Kovar suggested placing a piece of silicon tape on the needle plate so the leather would slide more easily. I haven't done that as yet. I just don't stitch thin leather on the 3200. Ferg
  13. Ferg

    Wanted Merrow Eccentric Stitch Cams

    Anyone who likes machinery of any kind, visit this company web site for some truly interesting work. http://www.merrow.com/ Ferg
  14. Ferg

    Wanted Merrow Eccentric Stitch Cams

    Now that is a neat little machine. How much do they cost? Ferg
  15. Ferg


    I refer to them as beautiful animals, which they definitely are. I have photos of wild horses among many others that I consider beautiful also. Our draft horses we had during my years at home were beautiful also. About the only animal I can honestly say I can barely watch is a Possum. Ferg