For Sale – Antique Chamois – $125

For Sale – Antique Chamois – $125

Jun 01

I have an antique Chamois I recently restored up for sale over on Ardoria.

These pieces are very hard to find in good condition.

I bought this one on Ebay. It had a couple condition issues and I restored it with the plan of keeping it; but we already have a couple similar to this one in our collection.

So here’s a chance to own a fully restored great piece.

Click on the pictures below to view the larger images:

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Click here to see more pictures and/ or purchase this piece –> Antique Chamois

Thank you for looking,

 

 

—– Brandon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

May 12

 

Here’s a rare piece that I just finished recently for the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.

The antique dealer Arlene Wagner (Nutcracker Museum’s curator) bought it from thinks the piece is from around the 1830’s and was made in France.

I only fixed the lower lip and left the rest of the piece’s character intact. When a piece is this old, doing a minimal restoration helps maintain its age and integrity.

 

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Before Restoration

 

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Before Restoration

 

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After Restoration

 

Thanks for looking,

—– Brandon

 

 

A Day at the Range

A Day at the Range

Apr 19

 

Had a great safe day at the range yesterday. Took an “Intro to Competitive Pistol” class.

 

Tim Logan runs a great class and runs a really safe range.

 

I learned that actively engaging a target pushes you as a shooter, and also pushes your equipment to a point where any weaknesses in your setup become very evident.

 

I have a Glock branded 10 round magazine sitting in the trash today as a result from consistent critical failures yesterday that never showed up during stagnant shooting.

 

I shot well, but the consistent 10 round magazine failures hurt my times. On a positive note, I got a lot of practice clearing jams, swapping mags, and cycling the gun under pressure.

 

Here’s pictures of the basic course and the instructors showing us how it’s done.

 

 

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—– Brandon

 

Homemade Gin – Day 3

Homemade Gin – Day 3

Apr 06

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we have Gin!

 

With this kit, it only takes about 36 hours to make Gin.

 

The kit is great! It came complete with everything to make Gin except 750 ml of cheap run-of-the-mill Vodka. It even includes the bottles to put it in!

 

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I was skeptical that the strainer would actually work and keep out all the solids I had added to the Vodka (see Day 2 post).

 

As you can see, it worked great! No solids whatsoever!

 

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So, how does it taste? Well, I’ve never had Gin, but I can definitely say it’s a sippin’ kind of drink. That’s a good thing, though.

 

┬áIt’s smooth with what I would call a hint of coconut an pine combined. I know, that sounds awful, but it’s not. Mixed with Sierra Mist, it tastes kind of like Ginger Ale, but smoother. It’s good.

 

Keep in mind, I’ve never had Gin so my description may be a bit unorthodox because I’m not at all familiar with Gin. Feel free to leave comments if I’ve completely botched describing it.

 

Honestly, this was drop dead easy to do and I think the results are great. The kit runs about $50 and they sell the seasonings separately so you can keep using the kit over and over.

 

I give this kit a solid thumbs up so if you like Gin, definitely give the Homemade Gin Kit a try – http://www.homemadegin.com/.

 

—– Brandon

Homemade Gin – Day 2

Homemade Gin – Day 2

Apr 05

 

Here’s a quick update to my Homemade Gin adventure.

 

Added the Botanical Blend from the kit tonight.

 

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Now I wait.

 

According to the instructions after 12 hours, I’ll have Gin.

 

Stay tuned!

—–Brandon

Homemade Gin – Day 1

Homemade Gin – Day 1

Apr 04

 

Broke out my Homemade Gin kit I got for Christmas.

Never had Gin and am looking forward to trying it.

This cool kit makes it crazy easy.

 

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Added the Juniper Berries to the 750 ml bottle of Vodka tonight.

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This will sit for 24 hours, then I’ll add the Botanical Blend to it.

Stay tuned!

 

—– Brandon

A rare piece…

A rare piece…

Mar 14

 

Here is a rare Swiss piece I was lucky to find on Ebay back in December of 2013.

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As you can see it had some extensive damage. Most of the base was missing and it had a hole drilled in the top of the head. It also had some damage on the face, especially the nose.

I wanted to have the piece fully restored for my wife’s birthday at the end of February. Unfortunately the weather here in Ohio did not cooperate and I had to give it to her partially finished.

The weather has finally broke a little and I was able to get it done this week. Missy is very happy with it and it is going in our private collection.

Be sure to click on the pictures for a bigger view:

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Thanks for looking,

—– Brandon

An Addendum

An Addendum

Feb 21

 

Addendum to The Art & Character of Nutcrackers

 

It’s official, the Addendum to The Art & Character of Nutcrackers is available for purchase from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum:

Click here to buy the Addendum to The Art & Character of Nutcrackers

Be sure to look for my original pieces featured on pages 106 and 110.

There’s also mention of me on page 5 for the repair work I did on a 16th century French piece for the museum a few years ago. Unfortunately, the publisher misspelled my name as “Benard Etto”. So here’s a link to the repair work that proves it’s me:

Completed 1500’s Nutcracker

Also if you don’t yet already have Arlene’s first book (The Art & Character of Nutcrackers) it’s available in the store as well.

I actually own 2 copies of each of these books. One is kept pristine while the other is used as reference. That way I don’t get all worried about having to take it out to the shop if I need to.

Arlene Wagner’s first book was a key element in getting me started in creating and repairing nutcrackers. Having my work featured in her new book is a huge honor for me. So if you get the chance, be sure to pick up a copy (or two). It’s a great book and a must have for any collector.

 

—- Brandon