Thursday, October 01, 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Odd Tool?

 I'm trying to ID this thingy:


Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020


It nearly fell onto the road while towing--the walls detached from the floor/frame and had to be bound with ratchet straps and bungee cords to get it home again.  New plan is to strip it and rebuild with the back wall made into a hinged and latched ramp/door for loading heavier
/larger/bulkier items.  All screwed together so I can easily disassemble it for transformation into a camper later.

Friday, July 31, 2020

My Latest Acquisition: "Galloway Leader" Treadle

Front View
Front View, Pivoting Drawer
I picked this one up in Preston, CT a couple of days ago, and just got around to photographing it to begin some research into it, so far to no avail!  I searched for Galloway Treadle, then looked closer at the name on the head and could make out "Leader" after the Galloway, so I looked for that. Nothing.  I found a good amount of info on a James Galloway Weir in the late 1800s who made some of the first inexpensive lock stitch machines in England, which lead me to Charles Raymond, who had a very similar machine and found  "Sterling, "New Home"" and  "Domestic" Treadle machines that could be twins to mine, but nothing with the same name. I left a phone message with S. Engle Sewing Machines in Johnson, VT in hopes that he may have a clue. We'll see.
Detail of Name

Right Head Front, Bobbin Filler

Treadle Left Front View

Treadle Left Front View
Drawer Pulls

Throat Plate Area

Contents of ATTACHMENTS Box

Mystery tool?

Another Mystery Tool

Could Be a Punch Needle Embroidery Tool

Extra Tools, Thread Cutter (right) and Mystery Tool (left)
Long Bobbins

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Skil Bandsaw motor

It runs, just doesn't want to turn the wheels.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

What is this weed?

This is a relative newcomer to my yard this year--I saw some last year, but didn't have time to ID or even pick.

The stems are very sturdy, not round, but more squarish in cross section.  Tiny yellow flowers.  It looks almost like a very distant, really heavy relative of Cleavers/Stickyweed, but isn't at all sticky, or clinging. Each stem is a single plant, though they may be connected underground, I didn't dig to fins out yet. I plucked one, and had to grab it with my fist and really pull!

Edited: I found this one--Ranunculus abortivus L.  with lots of common names:

Little leaf buttercup, Small-flower crowfoot, Small-flowered Buttercup, Early ywoodbuttercup , Kidney-leaf buttercup, and other variations of these names.