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Postby Foggy » Tue May 28, 2013 7:28 am

Who wouldda knowed that BMW was such a expert? :sterngard:

If ANY of you ever make it to Baltimore one of these fine days, you MUST get BMW to show you his shop. That place is something I'll remember the rest of my life, and in my next life I wanna be just like BMW. He's also an expert on Shakespeare and on swordplay. He's got some awesome swords and let my kids handle them. He knows all about how they choreograph sword fights on stage and screen. Orly runs around thinking she's an attorney and a dentist and a black belt in karate and a real estate broker, but BMW has more real, actual talent in the tip of his little finger ... ... and his wife is an English professor. I got a special place in my heart for English professors. We got to meet her at the afternoon meetup. Wonderful lady.
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Postby Sterngard Friegen » Tue May 28, 2013 10:15 am

Yabbut I sent him pitchers of two of my fireplaces for new mantels a month ago and he still hasn't responded. :bored: I'm not getting any younger. :sterngard:

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Postby Piffle » Tue May 28, 2013 12:48 pm

:-bd :-bd Pictures or it didn't happen. You rock, Shugs!

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Postby RoadScholar » Tue May 28, 2013 2:24 pm

Yabbut I sent him pitchers of two of my fireplaces for new mantels a month ago and he still hasn't responded. :bored:





I'm not getting any younger. :sterngard:

Hey! That was only May 6th... practically yesterday!





Seriously, I have a reply for you composed in my head that I apparently never sent. :oops:





I'll put it in a PM to avoid giving 'unfriendlies' any information they could abuse.





[edit]Come to think of it, I'll just reply to your email. Easier.[/edit]
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Postby Sugar Magnolia » Tue May 28, 2013 4:02 pm

Yabbut I sent him pitchers of two of my fireplaces for new mantels a month ago and he still hasn't responded. :bored: I'm not getting any younger. :sterngard:

Maybe he likes me better. :D

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Postby Sterngard Friegen » Tue May 28, 2013 4:04 pm

Not only am I not getting any younger, but if you have an email in your head you haven't sent then that explains why I didn't get it. [-( Please push send again. :taptap:

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Postby Sugar Magnolia » Tue May 28, 2013 4:05 pm

:-bd :-bd Pictures or it didn't happen. You rock, Shugs!

I'm the world's WORST about remembering to get photos of anything but I'll try. No before pictures of the painting for sure. Oh my counters looks so good. I've been back there just petting them. They'll get installed as soon as I can get 2 people much stronger than me to wrangle them around. I'll just wield the drill. :)

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Postby Whatever4 » Tue May 28, 2013 4:06 pm

Maybe he likes me better. :D

Maybe we all do. :-

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Postby Sugar Magnolia » Tue May 28, 2013 4:07 pm

Yabbut I sent him pitchers of two of my fireplaces for new mantels a month ago and he still hasn't responded. :bored:





I'm not getting any younger. :sterngard:

Hey! That was only May 6th... practically yesterday!





Seriously, I have a reply for you composed in my head that I apparently never sent. :oops:





I'll put it in a PM to avoid giving 'unfriendlies' any information they could abuse.





[edit]Come to think of it, I'll just reply to your email. Easier.[/edit]

Too late. The whole world now knows he has at least 2 fireplaces.

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Postby Sterngard Friegen » Tue May 28, 2013 4:12 pm

Maybe he likes me better. :D

Maybe we all do. :-

:((

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Postby RoadScholar » Tue May 28, 2013 11:34 pm

Maybe he likes me better. :D

Maybe we all do. :-

:((

Oh, hush. I like you both just the same.If my reply were short and easy you'd have it already!
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Postby ZekeB » Tue May 28, 2013 11:36 pm

I'd have trouble deciding which Fogbower I liked best. Probably the one who'd like me best. Nah, no such one.

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Postby esseff44 » Tue May 28, 2013 11:57 pm

OMG! Swords! I am crazy about sharp-edged weapons of all kinds. I have a few old ones I need to pass on to someone who can appreciate them and restore them. Mostly from SE Asia. Quite a few replicas of Claymores. I :xo Claymores. One is taller than I am. PM me if you are interested in adding to your collection. The old swords were works of art as well as weapons and tools. One was for slashing rubber trees so the sap would run. One is the kind a Mandarin gentleman would keep under his silk robes. A pair of Moro ceremonial kris.

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Postby Estiveo » Wed May 29, 2013 12:02 am

OMG! Swords! I am crazy about sharp-edged weapons of all kinds. I have a few old ones I need to pass on to someone who can appreciate them and restore them. Mostly from SE Asia. Quite a few replicas of Claymores. I :xo Claymores. One is taller than I am. PM me if you are interested in adding to your collection. The old swords were works of art as well as weapons and tools. One was for slashing rubber trees so the sap would run. One is the kind a Mandarin gentleman would keep under his silk robes. A pair of Moro ceremonial kris.

You should talk to my little bro; he co-owns a fencing equipment shop in Millbrae, but they also restore and duplicate historical and theatrical weapons.
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Postby ducktape » Wed May 29, 2013 12:12 am

You should talk to my little bro; he co-owns a fencing equipment shop in Millbrae, but they also restore and duplicate historical and theatrical weapons.

Does he work on samurai swords? I have one that needs some polishing and maintenance. The man who found it in WW2 and brought it back decided he could sharpen it (noooooooooo!). After he died, his daughter gave it to me, and I'd like to have it restored. It's not a great sword -- they made tons of them for the Japanese officer corps -- but it is real.

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Postby RoadScholar » Wed May 29, 2013 12:19 am

OMG! Swords! I am crazy about sharp-edged weapons of all kinds. I have a few old ones I need to pass on to someone who can appreciate them and restore them. Mostly from SE Asia. Quite a few replicas of Claymores. I :xo Claymores. One is taller than I am. PM me if you are interested in adding to your collection. The old swords were works of art as well as weapons and tools. One was for slashing rubber trees so the sap would run. One is the kind a Mandarin gentleman would keep under his silk robes. A pair of Moro ceremonial kris.

My friend Lewis Shaw makes historically-accurate Claymores that are combat-duty. A friend of his made the one Liam Neeson used in Rob Roy. Obviously not sharpened for stage or film fight choreography, all Lewis Shaw weapons will withstand endless stresses and impacts without breaking.





Many people think they were historically little more than steel clubs, and that the Scots were stubborn fools for being slow to abandon them in favor of rapiers and muskets.





Hah.





Several post-battle commentaries mention rapiers and muskets littering the field that had been cut in half by the Scots' swords (!) and that they had decapitated some of their foes "above the ears."





I don't collect real antique swords, only stage weapons from as many periods as I can fit in my case. However, if you have any you'd like to sell, send pictures & I would be happy to interrogate my sword-lovin' buds as to the optimal venues.
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Postby esseff44 » Wed May 29, 2013 12:24 am

Sugar, I have several laundry bags full and I mean full of vintage cloth remnants and scraps. Are you interested? I need to get them to someone who can appreciate and make use of them. My neighbor was a seamstress and never threw away anything. It took her son and granddaughter over a year to go through her house and sort through all the things she saved. She was a hoarder. I am a compulsive recycler . I just have for find a good home for stuff. ;) I also have just about every music book and piece of sheet music (in sheet protectors in loose leaf note books) ever published and about 50 boxes of LP's, CD's, DVD's etc. that I need to find homes for. I think there is a collection of every Christmas album ever made by famous people who made Christmas albums. I do not even know where to begin. Any ideas? Please don't say Amazon or e-bay. It would take me decades to do all that stuff with the computer that is hard for me to begin with. But the music books are probably worth something. I need help disposing of all this music. Every genre but mostly Broadway, the American songbook, jazz and pop. Church music, wedding music and anything a professional piano accompanist would use.And model cars. Not toys. In the boxes. I don't know how many, maybe dozens, maybe hundreds.

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Postby Estiveo » Wed May 29, 2013 12:34 am

You should talk to my little bro; he co-owns a fencing equipment shop in Millbrae, but they also restore and duplicate historical and theatrical weapons.

Does he work on samurai swords? I have one that needs some polishing and maintenance. The man who found it in WW2 and brought it back decided he could sharpen it (noooooooooo!). After he died, his daughter gave it to me, and I'd like to have it restored. It's not a great sword -- they made tons of them for the Japanese officer corps -- but it is real.

I just talked to my bro and he says even WWII Katanas are a special thing, beyond his skills; you need an expert sword polisher. He uses an expert in Seattle, but he can get a local referral for you if you want to get an estimate. Let me know.
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Postby RoadScholar » Wed May 29, 2013 12:41 am

You should talk to my little bro; he co-owns a fencing equipment shop in Millbrae, but they also restore and duplicate historical and theatrical weapons.

Does he work on samurai swords? I have one that needs some polishing and maintenance. The man who found it in WW2 and brought it back decided he could sharpen it (noooooooooo!). After he died, his daughter gave it to me, and I'd like to have it restored. It's not a great sword -- they made tons of them for the Japanese officer corps -- but it is real.

I just talked to my bro and he says even WWII Katanas are a special thing, beyond his skills; you need an expert sword polisher. He uses an expert in Seattle, but he can get a local referral for you if you want to get an estimate. Let me know.

I just texted Lewis about Japanese sword specialists in the USA; I'll post anything he comes up with.
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Postby RoadScholar » Wed May 29, 2013 1:02 am

You should talk to my little bro; he co-owns a fencing equipment shop in Millbrae, but they also restore and duplicate historical and theatrical weapons.

Does he work on samurai swords? I have one that needs some polishing and maintenance. The man who found it in WW2 and brought it back decided he could sharpen it (noooooooooo!). After he died, his daughter gave it to me, and I'd like to have it restored. It's not a great sword -- they made tons of them for the Japanese officer corps -- but it is real.

Shaw says please send pix. Because if it has 1) minor damage, he feels competent to work on it if it is in fact a somewhat valuable sword, 2) moderate damage, Lewis may know of (or be able to locate) a dedicated Japanese arms craftsman, 3) major damage, a restoration should probably not even be attempted.
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Postby esseff44 » Wed May 29, 2013 2:01 am

bmw1956 wrote:





Several post-battle commentaries mention rapiers and muskets littering the field that had been cut in half by the Scots' swords (!) and that they had decapitated some of their foes "above the ears."





I don't collect real antique swords, only stage weapons from as many periods as I can fit in my case. However, if you have any you'd like to sell, send pictures & I would be happy to interrogate my sword-lovin' buds as to the optimal venues.

Yes, I have some replicas such as a lady's poison delivering dagger. It's very pretty. I have used it for a letter opener, but my very real carabao horn handled hand made in Cebu butterfly knife is a much better letter opener and for anything else that requires a really, really sharp edge or point. I have a Roman short sword (stage replica) and a few more I can send pictures of along with the name of the maker. I got them from a collector who got them from a man who made them for stage productions.





As for Claymore's, they are not as unwieldy as they look. They are the Scot's two-handed sword but they are so well-balanced that they don't take all that much strength to lift and thrust. I used them for exercise when I had a really bad case of bilateral frozen shoulders. Gotta break up that scar tissue. Sword practice beats the hell out of physical therapy with those latex stretchy things and other mind-numbing repetitive motions. No, sir. Just put on the Queen soundtrack for The Highlander and send a few foes back to the hell they came from ...at least for a while. You know they'll be back with some fresh hell just like they always have done but you will be ready for them.





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Highlander Sword School





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My understanding is that Claymores were not for use on the soldiers but for their mounts. The sword would not do much against the chain mail but it could take down a horse so that the unmounted soldier would then be set upon with a dirk that the Scot had been holding in the other hand behind the targe. The sharp point of the dirk would pierce the chain mail like a big spike. This offset the biggest advantage of the advancing English cavalry which was their war horses. It is said that the screeching of the bagpipes also made the horses nervous and unmanageable. There's a reason you always see a bag piper walking or marching by himself.





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Postby Sugar Magnolia » Wed May 29, 2013 5:42 am

SF, I'd love the fabric but it's way expensive to ship. Check with your local Project Linus chapter, quilt guilds or sewing groups (I had direct links to all that stuff but hit the wrong button and lost it but it's easy to find) and any churchs or community groups that may teach enrichment classes. Most quilt and sewing groups do charity quilts or Quilts of Valor and accept donations of fabric.As for the rest of the stuff, do you freecycle? Everything I've ever posted there has been gone within the day, no matter what kind of crap it was. Failing all that, post it as a 'curb alert' on Craigslist. No muss, no fuss, and it's gone like magic.


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