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Make Boot Oiling Easy

January 19, 2020 • jdonahue

To make boot oiling frequent, make it easy. Details here:

Oil Leather Boots, the Easy Way

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A Relevant Meme

January 16, 2020 • jdonahue

This happens quite a bit, for better or worse. Usually it’s a simple thing like starting a job from the other end and finding it’s 30% faster, or holding a tool a different way, and finding it’s easier to use. Everyone has always done it this way, but wait a minute, on this particular type of job, try this.bittersmart

Neat Old Car for Sale

January 11, 2020 • jdonahue

I was at Pull-a-Part today, looking at tires for the GMC Sonoma. They actually had some nice ones at $20 each. They also had this classic cruiser for sale. If I were a rich man, I would buy it and pay someone to restore it. then drive it around for the fun of it. Here are some pictures:

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An Old Time Shoe Repair Shop

December 19, 2019 • jdonahue

Most people around here have driven from Seymour to Maryville on route 411. What many didn’t notice was a shoe repair shop at the corner where 411 comes into town. I went in there the other day, and it was a very pleasant visit. It’s so old school! there was a long powered shaft kind of tool behind the counter that had a number of grinding and polishing wheels on it. This tool looked like one long shaft, but was actually several, with each section powered by a 120 volt electric motor; with pulleys and belts. There was also a cutting machine and a stitching machine.

I told him about a hand made pair of Brogan shoes I have, which have the soles held on by pegs instead of stitches. he showed me two containers of pegs on the counter that he uses for various odd jobs. The wood counter top near the cash register is so worn that the hard grin stands 1/8 inch higher than the rest. It’s a really neat shop, if you’re in the East Tennessee area, and need some shoe repair work done, stop in there. Here’s some pictures:shoe shop 1shoe shop 2shoe shop 3shoe shop 4

A Few Updates

December 17, 2019 • jdonahue

First, is a link to the most recent post at Quill & Blade, the site I’m making for my online store. You can read that here. Here’s a picture from that post:Old T Family2Also, I realize that I never posted a picture of the finished warehouse. Here it is with the new steps:steps_6

A look at tree limbs

December 14, 2019 • jdonahue

When I draw tree branches or limbs, I often make them look like this sketch. It’s where a fork was, but the lower one died. So when I saw this limb on a Walnut tree, I thought it was interesting.WE_2390limb

Free Memes For the Taking

December 1, 2019 • jdonahue

I finally made a page featuring memes I’ve made. Please share these far and wide, thank you. Here’s a few examples:TRANNY3magic_buildingislamaphobicWisdom_web2W_word

Rusty Tools Clean Up

December 1, 2019 • jdonahue

I finally got around to cleaning up these rusted tools; there’s a page with more information and pictures HERE.

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A Contemporary Meme

November 14, 2019 • jdonahue

I have a lot of memes and clip art that i can share; if i get time, I’ll make it available. Here’s a contemporary one. As far as this congressman goes, it doesn’t matter how concerned you are about somebody’s well being, if you want to destroy the first amendment to keep people from criticizing that group, you’re an enemy of the constitution. What’s worse, this man took an oath to defend the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Now he -is- the enemy.

I first made this as an SVG vector file, which is available free HERE.


Plans for the Next Leaf Truck

November 11, 2019 • jdonahue

It’s easy to overlook things, and I did just that when I made a page here at this site, but didn’t post a link to it. So here it is: