Capt. Bo of the WTF co.

New impression Idea

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I was and still am looking forward to the finished product.

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The original shaft is bent too. I took it out this morning after letting the penatrating oil soak on it overnight. I have a piece of stock for that. Gonna have to wait til after this wekend to finish the project though. Gotta start packing!

Bo

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Ever had one of those sudden memory flashes that just about knocks your knees loose from under ya?

I was working around the shop preparing to work some more on this project when suddenly I got this flash of memory of the Whydah exhibit, which I have seen twice.

In the belowdecks display with the sleeping sailor and the surgery, there was also the carpenters display. I am certain there was a grinder set-up in that display. I cannot remember if it was a hand-crank or tredle type. On pg. 130 of the Real Pirates book I bought from the gift shop at the Field Museumis a photo of a grindstone, so I know they had one at least.

I have been looking through google and ask.com images and tried several searches but cannot find any images of the grinder unit on-line. (probably copyright issues). Does anyone know of any, *ahem* pyrated images of it, or remember it well enough to say whetehr it was hand-cranked or tredle powered?

Always cool when a project can be directly documented to pyrates!!!

Bo

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Oi Bo,

Grand idea for an impression!

I have in front of me a copy of the book; Real Pirates, the untold story of the Whydah...

On page 130 is a picture of the grindstone and is noted as such;

"Operated by hand-crank, a grindstone was essential equipment on board the Whydah. The carpenter had many tools that needed to be kept sharp. The grindstone was also used to sharpen blades on weapons and kitchen knives."

Sadly, there is no dimensions listed as to the size of the stone. Also no idea what the hand-crank rig for it looked like.

Yrs&c,

Dorian

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Funny, I read that and looked at it several times and still had to ask... :blink:

I believe I am going to make mine intercahngeable for different situations. A hand-crank will be good to interact with the public/school kids when necessary, (or to keep one of my kids busy diuring an event), and use the foot treadle when I will be doing just solo demos. No big trick to it really so I might as well design this thing right from the start huh?

Bo

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just came across this image at the british museum from 1688

The Cryes of the City of London Drawne after the Life / Knives or cisers to Grinde

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This is interesting on many levels! Thanks PoD!!!

No water reservoir, he's wearing a doo-rag under his hat,and leggins!!! (although they don't appera to have buttons)

The over-the-shoulder strap to help carry the weight of the grinder,and two stones, one for grinding and one for the finish/polish?

Nice find, thanks again.

Bo

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theres another example here (this time german) from 1645-1700

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I am wondering that that little sheath thing is that he has on his belt

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In creamware possible 18thc or a 19thC copy of an 18thC painting

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Hogarths The Enraged Musician (Grinder is bottom right)

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A Watteau

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late 16thC -mid 17thC Dutch

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Dutch circa 1630-50

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Teniers mid 17thC

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No shortage of good examples. Wow. I like the little details, such as the water cask.

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I have completed the grinder and use it regularly. Deer season made for a great trial period as I and many of my neighbors were successful. I am getting much more proficient in its use as more people bring knives to me just to see it in use. I wish I had the ability to post photos, but will have to wait for an event whereby someone else will have to take and post them. I no longer have those capabilities at my disposal.

Bo

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I have noticed my share of monkeys. The exotic animal in vogue at the time.

Have you decided which example you'll follow for your impression? I really look forward to this one.

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I have completed the grinder and use it regularly. Deer season made for a great trial period as I and many of my neighbors were successful. I am getting much more proficient in its use as more people bring knives to me just to see it in use. I wish I had the ability to post photos, but will have to wait for an event whereby someone else will have to take and post them. I no longer have those capabilities at my disposal.

Bo

camera break?

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Wow, very cool - great images!

Can't wait to see your impression.

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camera break?

Nope, but I don't have access to the net at home anymore and the library won't let me do it here. Something about liability/porn issues or some such trouble they had in the past.

I am going with the stationary rig for now. I still would like to make the wheelbarrow rig, but I really like the impression of the scissors grinder with the pretty young lady seated in front of the grinder from the first page of this thread. Also, the grinder rig from the Whydah exhibit is a stationary rig. I am still in the design stages but will build the wheelbarrow rig so that all I will have to do is remove the wheel assembly and mount it on the frame so as to be interchangeable.

Bo

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Whats the latest with the project?

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Whats the latest with the project?

Sorry, don't get to the library often these days. I have the grinder up and running, just came from the flea-market and scored some good primitive whetstones to go with the kit. Due to the recent sudden passing of my best friend and brother (who gave me the grinding wheel-stone) I just don't know if I'll ever get back into playing anymore. Kinda took the wind outta my sails so-to-speak. I have my application in to participate in the juried Trade Faire event at Fort de Chartres at the end of the month, but not sure if I will do it or not. If so, I'll see if anyone there will post some pic's of the set-up here.

Not sure if I'll ever get out again now. "Big Ed" was my anchor in life, and without him I am adrift.

Bo

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Sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Gotta be tough as I am close with both my brothers as well (I am in the middle)

But if they gave you the Grinding stone, I would imagine that he would want you to keep on, keeping on. And do it, have fun with it, and think of him.

Ya gotta walk your own path though.

I'll be praying for you.

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I would like to see you complete the impression, as much for yourself as Big Ed. It's a great new idea and I believe people would find it fresh and interesting. It's such a good idea for re-enacting.

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I was the youngest of 7 kids...5 boys & 2 girls. Have lost 3 brothers now. You keep going.....that is what they would want.

I know you have been through a lot Bo.... with our back & forth conversations and you seem like a fighter. Keep on going my friend.

I'm Praying for you too..... Pegleg

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OK, I have access to publish photo's so here is the new impression so far:

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I hope this works...enjoy...

Bo

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I just found the wooden shoes at one of the local flea-markets and have not yet brought myself to bore a hole in them to use as the water dispenser. They are perfectly good wooden shoes and they actually fit Rose, so I am still looking for and old beat-up pair or single if anyone sees one or two for this purpose.

Bo

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That is a fantastic impression, believable and well executed.

I just found the wooden shoes at one of the local flea-markets and have not yet brought myself to bore a hole in them to use as the water dispenser. They are perfectly good wooden shoes and they actually fit Rose, so I am still looking for and old beat-up pair or single if anyone sees one or two for this purpose.

Bo

I will look about for one. It would be a shame to ruin a good shoe if an old one may be found.

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