Was finally able to upgrade my experimental tail vise to become solid and very useful!
These lamps (there is a pair, second matching not shown) were inspired by an article in Woodsmith magazine. They are tricky to build mostly because the fit between glass and wood is very tight tolerance. The shade harp was purchased as recommended, but it is about 2" short. We can't reach the switch easily. because the space between the shade and wood is too tight. The low shade makes the lamp look disproportionately squat. That is easily remedied by a taller harp or adjusting the threaded post that holds the harp. That requires disassembling the lamp and gets involved.
The switch is special because there are two bulbs that operate independently as shown below.
Had the privilege to spend five days in the home of an Amish family in Springs PA. What a treat for a farm boy. The host farm is in the foot hills of the Negro Mountain, so very little of it is flat, about half tillable. There is a tiny shallow coal vein running under part of the farm, but they still burn wood. A tornado took out most of the maple trees from which they had been harvesting sugar water to process into syrup. They have a "sugar camp" on their farm, which is their name for the buildings and equipment used to make the syrup. That process is idle while new trees mature. They raise white tail deer for release in certain hunting grounds. I despise the animals for the damage they do, but it was kinda special to have a fawn suckle my fingers and touch the velvet antlers of a 30 point buck! On Sunday I rode to church with them in their buggy which is not for the faint of heart on the twisty, narrow roads. It took about an hour to go the 10 miles. The church service was 3 hours long and conducted in high German. The hymns were sung a capella in a slow cadence where each syllable of the word was pronounced as a complete word and spanned several notes. All the words of all the hymns were sung to the same sequence of notes, a tune my host later showed me in a hymn book. It had the flavor of an old Gregorian chant. The church was full and about half were teenagers or younger. Men on one side, women on the other. Preaching appeared to be extemporaneous, and the two speakers and two prayer leaders covered two hours, the first hour being filled with the singing of four hymns. On Sunday evening, popcorn was popped on the old cook stove and served with canned grape juice drink. That took me back to my earliest childhood memories.
The occasion was for a funeral that local Amish wanted to attend. A family was out picking berries in the woods, and a storm came up suddenly. They took shelter under some trees, the mother and daughters under one tree and the husband and sons under another. It was so sad because the entire family witnessed the lightning strike kill their mother just feet from them.
I had the occasion to visit about three woodworking shops, a shoe makers shop, a harness shop, several grocery stores, and a produce auction market. Miracle of miracles, at one of the wood shops they had a Hawker dowel making machine that was in disrepair and stored in a barn. It was pretty rough, but I've since learned that it would be worth about $8,000 fully restored, even though it was made in the early part of the last century. May have to go back if we can agree on a price! I've been struggling with how to make smooth and proper round dowels.
The entire farm was supported by one big diesel motor that ran a line shaft powering an air compressor, a vacuum pump , a low voltage generator for charging batteries, a refrigerant compressor, and probably some more stuff. Compressed air was stored in huge tanks (about 10,000 gal est), to run tools and the well pump. Vacuum was used for the milkers. Refrigerant was used for the bulk dairy tank and a "cooler" shed that had huge vats of water that froze around the edges when the contraption ran for the three hour chore time twice a day.
Yes, they work hard for what they have and they are frugal. They are rich both financially and spiritually, though you would never know by looking at their unpainted houses and "neglected" buildings. All transactions are cash and no one is in debt for anything. No mortgage, nothing. Family time has the highest priority next to God, and there are large families of very well behaved, respectful, very shy, very helpful, bright and happy children. I never witnessed a harsh word spoken to anyone, and if there was a problem with a member of the community, it was spoken about with a sad heart and kind words. I left grateful for the opportunity to experience their lifestyle and wishing that all the world could be like that!
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.