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 Posted 01/27/2020  3:27 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I moved to a new locale last summer. Being handicapped means I get things done more slowly when it comes to things like unpacking. I still have a long ways to go...wishing I was not always so "but I'll need this someday" oriented.

The I went and did something crazy. I have always wanted a metal lathe. So I (more or less - 4 persons involved) traded one of my more rare glass insulators for an Atlas Metal Lathe and tools.

So while coins are never on the back burner totally, the forum and time on the internet are. Where I used to live the weather did not agree with me. At my new home I feel a lot better than I used to.

I have resolved, now that I can, to get up and out of my chair a lot more and not spend so much time online. This is why I am not anywhere near as active on the forum.

While I miss being here, it sure feels good to be able to get other things done I have wanted to for so long. I still cannot do an awful lot at one time, but its great to be able to be up and around again!

I plan on restoring the lathe to original condition...just for the FUN of it. Yeah...it will take awhile. Restoring tools has become a new hobby as well.

- When I value " being right" more than what IS right, I am then right...a fool.
- How much squash could a Sasquatch squash if a Sasquatch would squash squash?
- Real men play Fizzbin.
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 Posted 01/27/2020  6:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Glad your up and around , good for you !
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 Posted 01/27/2020  7:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Glad you checked in to let us know whats going on, wish you well.
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 Posted 01/27/2020  8:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KenKat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Glad to hear you are enjoying new pursuits! Now just don't spend too much time lathe-ing around. Get it? Lathe-ing around?

Come on, it's funny! Well I thought so...
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 Posted 01/27/2020  11:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


You Did get me!

Thanks all - I always know I have the CCF family to fall back on. I am not quitting by any means. But rather than checking a couple times of day for new posts it may be a few days between checking. After 12 years of being in the same chair and on the internet most of the day I am enjoying this new bit of freedom.
- When I value " being right" more than what IS right, I am then right...a fool.
- How much squash could a Sasquatch squash if a Sasquatch would squash squash?
- Real men play Fizzbin.
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 Posted 01/28/2020  01:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add acloco to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great hobby!

Picture of the Atlas please!!?!!
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 Posted 01/28/2020  2:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Atlas QC54 10" with 30" bed.
Old but everything is in great shape mechanically. Gears not worn, ways in great shape, included the steady rest, 3 and 4 jaw chucks, a large box of tooling, chuck, and some things I do not know what they are yet! Been a woodworker al of my life and now branching into metal work.




The quick change alone on it sells for 2/3 what I got the entire lathe for. It was a fellow insulator collector/good friends whose father wanted to get rid of it b/c he has not used it in a long time.

What insulator could be worth that much? Third one from the left. None of the ones in the pic are my actual pieces. This insulator profile/size is designated as a CD143.



I put a lineup here so people could see that the extreme left is the typical aqua people can find these in for ~10.00. The Montreal blue is about a $40.00 piece and in hand sort of resembles Windex for color. I do still own one of each of these.

The Sky blue goes for around 800.00-900.00. The dark sapphire blue, of which I have never owned one, would likely fetch $2,500.00-3,000.00. The picture does it no justice.

In the past I was an insulator dealer. Profits from buying/selling meant that in the long run I paid nothing for this Sky Blue! So my lathe was free .

Besides, these Montreal CD146s were made in Canada, and a close friend of mine from Toronto was drooling over this Sky Blue CD143 when he found I had one. Very few CD143s are known in this color such that most Canadian collectors have never even seen one.

So this piece has been repatriated now and I will get to make metal chips after a fun restoration (and a lot of study).
- When I value " being right" more than what IS right, I am then right...a fool.
- How much squash could a Sasquatch squash if a Sasquatch would squash squash?
- Real men play Fizzbin.
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 Posted 01/31/2020  1:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cipster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great to hear from you. Enjoy your new toy!
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 Posted 02/02/2020  07:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kopper Ken to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Use the lathe to make some Magician coins.

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 Posted 02/02/2020  08:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ Earle42:- I suspect that the CCF seems a bit more like 'family' to you, than the wider internet.

That seems to happen often, where members of a forum are sharing life long interests.

Same with me. I have been collecting coins on a reasonably serious basis since the mid 1960's.

Good to hear form you again.
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 Posted 02/02/2020  09:10 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Earle42 - all the best and enjoy life!

When at Victoria Falls train station in Zimbabwe in December, I spotted a felled telegraph pole! I couldn't resist removing a couple of insulators from it and bringing them home. They're just white ceramic ones though...
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 Posted 02/02/2020  12:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@KopperKen

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Use the lathe to make some Magician coins.
- my thoughts exactly, but I know I need to become a lot more educated and skilled to do so. Maybe some magician Ikes! But that will be a long way off I fear.


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I suspect that the CCF seems a bit more like 'family' to you, than the wider internet.

That seems to happen often, where members of a forum are sharing life long interests.

Same with me. I have been collecting coins on a reasonably serious basis since the mid 1960's.

Good to hear form you again.

Thanks Sel. Yes this is a family to me. The insulator hobby is another family of mine, and until this forum I had not found another hobby where the people were as nice to each other in sharing and educating each other. The family atmosphere is why I enjoy this forum. Sometimes I have bad health weeks - like this last week - which keep me in my chair and therefore on the computer, but those weeks have been fewer thankfully now that I am in this new locale and climate of western OH.



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When at Victoria Falls train station in Zimbabwe in December, I spotted a felled telegraph pole! I couldn't resist removing a couple of insulators from it and bringing them home. They're just white ceramic ones though...

Very cool! So they just unscrewed? A lot of foreign porcelain is actually glued onto an iron pin and people over there remove them with hacksaws, then soak the pin out using HCL to eat away at the cement!

Most foreign countries used mainly porcelain. It used to be much more labor intensive, but less expensive to make. Porcelain also handles higher voltages. So most foreign insulators are white or brown porcelain. A lot of the world collects by by different shapes and markings/company names (if present) because of the lack of different colors. Although hobby references highlight the exceptions. I have never pulled a piece in the wild from anyplace but the US and Canada. Want to ID yours?
http://nia.org/general/gallery.htm

Click the foreign porcelain link and you will see pics of what is known so far. Yes, the page shows color - but this is b/c the page also likes to display better colors. be sure to click the unknown link. Who knows, maybe you found a new type? Foreign porcelain insulators have only really started to be classified within the last 10-20 years or so.
- When I value " being right" more than what IS right, I am then right...a fool.
- How much squash could a Sasquatch squash if a Sasquatch would squash squash?
- Real men play Fizzbin.
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 Posted 02/02/2020  1:11 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the link Earle42 - they look identical to the British U-1549. Perhaps they are local copies of a Bullers one - I can't see any markings on them. I've also found my Cuban insulator on the site (U1184-A). I retrieved that from the Hershey Electric Railway 10 years ago!
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 Posted 02/02/2020  8:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
it could be yours was a UK piece that was used in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe was a part of the British empire and, although I am by no means a porcelain expert, I your piece may be time period when the Brits were in control and therefore developing/exporting there.

As to the Cuban one found in Hershey - that is really weird! Some foreign glass and porcelain has been found in service in the US before, but not that much and certainly not in large quantities.
- When I value " being right" more than what IS right, I am then right...a fool.
- How much squash could a Sasquatch squash if a Sasquatch would squash squash?
- Real men play Fizzbin.
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