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  1. Saul R W

    Bacon wood knife scales

    That's just rotten. Make the next one heavy enough to guarantee a hernia for the thief.
  2. Saul R W

    18 USC 911

    That Anna Von Reitz is a mindlessly bitter little antisemite, and a lunatic to boot. How, exactly, her mind manages to tie her brand of fringe, nutcase anti-Americanism up into a neat bundle along with her particularly abhorrent hatred of Jews, I'm not sure, but she does manage it quite handily, and thus joins a long line of similar groups in history. Also, your Puerto Rico statement is not contextual with the U.S. Code you quote.
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    Bacon wood knife scales

    Edge, back in the day it was possible to drive up to Carbondale and in a day of hard shoveling load a couple of tons of clean coal spilled during the train loading process. Probably not so easy now. That coal coked beautifully, and was clean enough for consistent forge welds. When I moved to Alaska, it took me several years of poking around to find a suitable deposit, and when I finally found the spot in the Talkeetnas, I used it for a couple of decades as a source of fuel for the shop heater and forges. I still remember the Carbondale coal as being consistently less ashy and less sulfurous than what I found up north. As for forges, I've used a brake drum and a couple of other found firepots, but my best forge ever I built from a large tile saw table, using a Buffalo firepot. The old heavy cast Buffalos are really nice if you're working a lot of large pieces. That big forge, I sold to a young blacksmith in 2007 in Upstate NY, after I broke my back. He also ended up with my favorite anvil. I'm glad they both went to a good home. I like that forge you've built, Edge. It's reminiscent of the old portable forges with attached hoods, most of which ended up melted for scrap, along with many, many tons of forged anvils, post vices, swedge blocks and other good iron stuff, during WWII.
  4. Saul R W

    New video of my Sweep Jig....

    Same here, Jim -- my hearing isn't quite what it used to be. But there are certain high-frequency sounds that seem to pierce the deafness, including bad bearings, slipping belts and angry daughters.
  5. Saul R W

    Interesting find please help

    Well, gee, my first impression of the crystals was way off.
  6. Saul R W

    Interesting find please help

    What area it was found would be the first thing I'd ask to narrow down possibilities. Check hardness and streak. And crystal shape and color.
  7. Saul R W

    Uncle Ron's AZ-Gold CBD Oil

    There's been good, solid medical cannabis research going on in Israel for decades, while the U.S. bureaucracies remain paranoid about anything to do with the plant. There's no doubt it's useful for a number of conditions, and that more uses will be found. My favorite younger brother, a really great fellow, died of GBM in 2016, and like so many other tumor and cancer patients suffering from treatment side effects, he found much relief in cannabis, illegally. It's ridiculous that patients should suffer the added stress of worrying about being ticketed or arrested (maybe the times, they are a-changing?). This could easily become a political rant, so I'll shut up now, but not before mentioning that I don't smoke pot, and haven't for many, many years, so my interest isn't recreational.
  8. Saul R W

    Hi from the UK

    Welcome, Vladorado. There's a long and fascinating history of prospecting in your country, over 2,000 years of successful gold hunting, which should give hope to those in the U.S. who worry about running out of the metal here. There's always more in the ground.
  9. Saul R W

    Interesting find please help

    My color perception isn't great (too many head-first dives off cliffs with homemade parachutes as a kid, trying to hang glide), but the pattern is strikingly similar to star emerald, maybe in a schist instead of granite peg? Definitely some nice radial crystal groups. Neat rock. I want one.
  10. Saul R W

    Interesting find please help

    I replied to the same rock in another thread a few minutes ago. 'S'not a meteorite. I think it belongs in the Rocks, Minerals and Fossils section.
  11. Saul R W

    Bill Southern's Videos on YouTube

    I've been watching for a few weeks. Some of his videos include footage of places I haven't seen in nearly half a century, so there's a nostalgia perq to go along with the good info on detecting.
  12. Saul R W

    Interesting find

    My color perception isn't great (too many head-first dives off cliffs with homemade parachutes as a kid, trying to hang glide), but the pattern is strikingly similar to star emerald, maybe in black schist? Definitely some nice radial crystal groups. Neat rock. I want one.
  13. Saul R W

    Cool in Colorado - Gold Country

    That's a beautiful part of the country, and great photography.
  14. Saul R W

    Found a interesting stone

    Pairadiceau, I forgot to mention, I could be wrong on all counts.
  15. Saul R W

    Found a interesting stone

    Rocky, it's really nice to see someone following up with genuine scientific tests, rather than simply wishing or imagining a meteorite into existence, as seems to happen too often. Your sedimentary rock (or possibly metamorphosed sedimentary) was shaped, I think, on a beach or in a stream, where the thin line, a harder material that's either a layer of sediment or possibly a filled crack, resisted erosion more successfully than did the softer adjacent material. As for the metal flecks, I'm pretty sure those are surface only, probably marks from striking against some metal softer than the rock itself. The fact that the flecks are mainly on the more exposed rounded ends, and on the central raised area, and that there are almost no metal marks on the lower, more protected waists, supports this idea. Possibly the already-shaped stone spent some time in a lobster trap, where it banged around against the galvanized wire, picking up the metallic markings? And maybe a lobsterman dripped some very hard red epoxy paint while repainting a buoy? Or alternatively, the stone might have been on the beach, where a fisherman dripped paint while touching up his boat registration numbers, and the metallic marks are the result of the stone being picked up and dropped in a pocket filled with zinc coins and brass keys. It's a very cool-looking natural rock, and not slag or waste from any sort of welding process.