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August 29, 2008

On the Move

Filed under: Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:46 am

Well, moving is not one of my favorite things to do, fortunately it is just my shop, but moving it isn’t on my list of fun things to do.  But it must be done and it is a good thing because I have found a bunch of stuff that I forgot I owned.  (I have a lot of stuff). 


This will also be good for organization as everything is categorized in the boxes for the most part.  This will make setting up the ‘new’ shop much easier, that and I have a lot more space at my new location. 


I spent about 5 hours yesterday finishing most of the packing.  Still a couple of boxes to fill, then the move is scheduled for next Tuesday.  It will be one big load in one big truck.  I will also have a few young backs to help with the heavy lifting. 


I found an ‘old’ coffee can with an incomplete Chess set that I picked up a few years ago.  It is a marvelous set with enough pieces to reproduce the missing ones.  Mr. Buss is very interested in making the missing pieces, so he took the can and a couple pieces of maple for that purpose.  I also found a couple of new chess sets I ordered from Lee Valley, nice Staunton pattern and real inexpensive. 


I also found a couple of chisels that I haven’t put handles on yet, a couple of saw blade blanks (they need handles as well) and a piece that was given to me as a very dull joiner knife blade.  Well it isn’t, it appears to be an 8 inch steel straight edge marked J.A, Fay & Egan Co.  OK Cincinnatti, Ohio.  Late, I know but it is a nice straight edge. 


I also found my package of horse hair and a half a pound of goose feathers, still can’t find my bottle of Cobalt Chloride.  I did have to carefully pack the chemicals, some are hazardous and that glycerin doesn’t mix well with the nitric acid, so separate boxes.  The little 8 ounce container of mercury weighs 8 and a half pounds and gets special attention.  I think if the Everclear is packed in boxes then it won’t violate the ‘open container’ law. (I use it for shellac thinner and for my alcohol torch (lamp)). 


I think it might just help to move every 4 years or so, as there is a lot of junk and crap that I accumulate and it is a good opportunity to cull the load.  I do still save little pieces of hardwood that I will keep, but a lot of stuff that I thought I would use, I threw it away and even felt good about it.  A few of the pieces gave me pause when I thought ‘What the hell was I thinking, saving this!’ and into the trash or firewood box (which should be full to the brim when I leave). 


One thing I did separate out and consolidate was my hardware.  It was scattered about so I got a small box to put it all in, the box was almost too small.  I didn’t realize how much of this stuff that I have, drawer locks, hinges, hasps, stays, catches and other hardware awaiting an appropriate project.  Some of these I got for specific items I want to make, some I got, just to have them with nothing specific in mind. 


Well enough of this, I am going to enjoy the Holiday weekend coming up and it is off to Ft. Bridger Wyoming on Sunday to visit the annual Rendezvous.  Great gathering, good stuff to buy and old friends to visit. 





  1. I’ll bite. Horse hair, goose feathers, and cobalt chloride? Horse hair for your cello bow, feathers for the tick on your grandma’s feather bed, but… cobalt cloride? Got me!

    I enjoy moving about as much as you do, too.

    Comment by Mack — August 29, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  2. Mack,

    The horse hair is actually for horse hair hygrometers (to show relative humidity) and for making pen nib cleaners. The goose feathers are for quill pens, which I make and the cobalt chloride is for an ink I make called Sympathetic Ink (from an old recipe), I also make traditional Iron Gall Ink. I posted that for a reason (and you caught it) as I am about to write about writing in the nineteenth century. While we can just type happily away on our keyboards, some of us still put pen to paper and that is how it was done in the past. I make the pen, I make the ink and I make the paper. And this is all related to woodworking, no really.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 29, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

  3. More shop space? That’s a promotion, although somewhat disguised. Writing about writing? That sounds wonderful, after your book has been rereleased. (I know, I sound like a broken record.)

    Hardware for projects not yet formulated? That’s the one area of woodworking that I haven’t started accumulating, yet. In December, I passed on a pair of medieval French hinges for $40; perfect for the armoire I’m not planning to build. I just knew that if I bought them, it would start a long and slippery slope.


    Comment by Chuck Nickerson — August 29, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  4. Chuck,

    Seeing some period hardware is just too much a temptation for me. I have some stays and catches that I will someday incorporate into a Butler’s Desk and another pair of hinges for another lap desk. If there is something that looks right, then I think I must make something for that piece of hardware. Rather than a slippery slope, I look it as a precarious incline.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 29, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  5. Ft. Bridger Rendezvous was better than expected as it was overcast, nice and cool. Saw a lot of friends, bought a new copper coffee cup (a bit spendy $35.00, but he gave me a tin cup last year and it is the best one I have ever had, not a spot of rust, so I bought this firkin shaped copper cup), a pair each of wool stockings, linsey-woolsey stockings and silk stockings.

    I also bought one brass button, I had bought some years ago and lost one on my trousers and haven’t seen them for sale until yesterday. I bought two horn thimbles and a horn needle case and another horn spoon. Got some great dried corn, I buy some every year, it is tasty and a small Wichita sharpening stone from the same folks.

    I got two pair of antique scissors, early 19th century, one with laid steel blades, the other is solid steel, I think. I paid about $22.00 each, I will not have any trouble selling them. I bought 4 rusty twist drill bits for $0.50 each.

    A book seller at the Rendezvous had an original edition of my book (a friend at Rendezvous gave me the heads up), so I strolled in looked around, spotted the book and picked it up to see what he wanted. $300.00 I told him that was a fair price, he said he did his homework, then I told him I wrote the book and he ordered a bunch of reprints to sell, so it was a good time.

    I also bought 8 traveling inkwells, nice little things. And I bought a reproduction 1847 Mexican War tin canteen for $17.00, great price. At that point my haversack was full, fortunately the canteen had a strap, so I could put it over my shoulder.

    I tried out the copper cup on the local brew, well a couple of times, didn’t get any fry-bread which was a real let down. And I was about to buy a couple of bone handled knives from this obnoxious lady that sells great stuff, when she took the knife out of my hands and showed me how to close the thing. Well, that late in the day, I was irritated enough not to buy them, I am surprised she sells anything. The business use to be run by her late husband and he and I had got into heated debates about historic stuff, once a year. I don’t bother arguing with her, but she does rub me the wrong way. I’ll show me.

    All in all it was a great time, good friends, great location and I had a wonderful time.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 1, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

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