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Richard K
03-12-2004, 07:42 PM
Wow!

I am overwhelmed at the response!

Friday Afternoon and evening were a big start to the weekend. Thirty paid metalshapers were bang the walls down. Lots of metal pounding . People helping each other setup and sharing knowledge. But, best of all many new freindships forming.

I am going to get to bed. I have some catching up to do.

Kerry Pinkerton says Minnesota is to cold

Richard K

bcarlson
03-13-2004, 04:55 AM
I uploaded a few photos from yesterday. I was blown away by the response yesterday, and by the atmosphere of helping and sharing!! It was great to actually put a face with a name, and discuss metalshaping in person!

Kerry brought some very nice e-wheels:
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3160/4Kerry_s-E-wheels1.jpg

Some of the guys working on shrinking bowls:
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3160/4Bowlmaking1.jpg

John checks out Richard K's pullmax type power hammers:
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3160/4Richardsshrinkers1.jpg

Todd (I think? correct me if I'm wrong) brought a P21 Pullmax, HOLY COW this thing is big!! It's for sale if you need one.
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3160/4P21-Pullmax1.jpg

Now I'm off to pick up some TIG filler rod for welding steel. One of the guys said he'd help me learn today, then It's back to working on my tank. Barry (last name??) and Jim Voigt were extremely helpful, and showed me the finer points of calculating which areas to shrink, stretch and whatnot.

Thanks everyone for your help, Barry, Jim, Luke, Richard, Kerry, John! Everyone else who's name I've already forgotten too! ;)

Ben

Richard K
03-13-2004, 05:59 PM
The place is packed! People and NOISE .

62, yes 62, paid attendees as of Saturday.

Thanks Everyone,

Richard K

Wray Schelin
03-13-2004, 06:16 PM
Hi Richard,

Wow, you did a great job organizing your regional MetalMeet, sixty two people attending --wow! :shock: That was equal to our first year in Huntsville. :D

Everyone is looking forward to seeing more pictures.

Thanks for offering to host the Meet and making it such a success.

I'm sure a lot of folks learned new skills and made some new friendships today, and I hope the attendees that weren't already members of our MetalMeet.com group join up and start participating. :D

Wray

wed4life
03-13-2004, 07:44 PM
Very Cool ! !
I knew that I would be impressed, but this was just awesome ! !
There are some very talented individuals here.
Thanks Richard & family and all others who made this Meet happen.
I will be back tommorro to try and absorb more.

Thanks, David

Randy Ferguson
03-13-2004, 08:08 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!! 62!! That's awesome guys!!
Must be a darned loud place!
Now I really wish I coulda been there. Oh well! ya win some, ya lose some. You guys will all have to come down here next month, I guess. Have loads of fun fellas

Peter Miles
03-13-2004, 08:24 PM
The room with most of the equipment is astonishingly loud!

I've never seen people so willing to wear hearing protection!

Lots of nice equipment, wall-to-wall people, good door prizes and skill levels on display from 1st day around sheet metal to extremely professional.

Tomorrow should be great!

Richard's done a fabulous job of organizing and running this event.

roberlt
03-13-2004, 09:43 PM
Richard,

THANK YOU for putting this on, Got there late today (health problem,nothing serous) Enjoyed myself, Learned a LOT.

As a novice I played around with some small stuff and watched,listened and learned.

There is a lot of metal shaping talent and experience in one place!

Back again on Sun.

Thanks again,

Rob

ShavingMaker
03-14-2004, 10:18 AM
I went to the metal meet on Saturday just intending to watch, since I had never even seen an English wheel. I had only done hammer and dolly work. "Just Watching" lasted about 1/2 hour! I soon picked up a piece of steel and with the equipment that was there I was able to make cab corner patch panels for my 1930 Model A pickup that turned out great. My next project is making some of these machines!
Thank you Richard, and thank you also to those who brought in the machines. :!: :D

KustomsRus
03-14-2004, 02:03 PM
Great Job Richard :lol: :lol:
62 Enthusiastic Supporters :shock:

I know everyone HAD to have a GOOD TIME!! Looking forward to seeing more pictures :D
Thanks for hosting MMM

Jerry Kennedy

bcarlson
03-15-2004, 05:20 AM
Well, I had a chance to load a few more photos. I tried to take a bunch, but I got busy shaping metal, which was fine. I want to echo my thanks to richard k for having us, and to all my new friends for helping me learn and everyone else for making it such a good atmosphere!

Jim Voigt started this tank on Saturday morning, and this is how far it was when I left around 9pm that nite!
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000658.jpg
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000659.jpg

Mike Norrie was working on a gas tank also, this one for his Model A roadster. He and Kerry wheeled the oval with a gokart slick in an e-wheel
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000665.jpg
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000666.jpg
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000673.jpg

Barry Larson brought a couple of his power hammers, which worked very good. He was also kind enough to give me some pointers on making my gas tank.
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000669.jpg

Matt Bye wowed us with this excellent skull he formed during the weekend!
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000672.jpg

If you weren't there, you missed out. If you were, I hope we were able to meet!

Ben

Dave Stauffer
03-15-2004, 05:28 AM
Thanks again Richard for all your work putting on this event. Friday night I had a great time a learned a lot about making a bowl shape with a friend from work (Dale). Saturday a friend (Keith) and I made miniature Jeep fenders. It was practice for the real thing. Just need the courage to bend something that big.

Everyone there was EXTREMELY helpful. I pestered everyone I could with as many questions as I could think of. It was as much fun beating on metal as it was to watch other people with skill do it.

Looking forward to next year.

Dave

Kerry Pinkerton
03-15-2004, 08:51 PM
2400 miles later and I'm back. What a fun trip. I'll post my photos tomorrow. It's 10:45 and I just got back home. John Jordan and I left yesterday afternoon about 6 and delivered the Model 38 to it's new home in Gene Olsen's shop. After a super pot roast dinner and quick tour, we headed south and made it to the Wisconsin line about 10pm.

We got up at 6 and drove hard for about 1000 miles. The truck was much lighter with two less ewheels. I'm glad we did not take the trailer though!

Met a bunch of new friends in person and learned a lot. Got to watch some really talented folks do their thing. Jim Voigt did some awesome work!

Thanks to Richard for hosting the event!

More later after I get some sleep!

Richard K
03-16-2004, 05:05 AM
I would like to thank the people who made the meet a success.. That would include every person who attended the meet. Without each and everyone of you we would have only had a lineup of equipment. To those of you who came with only a curiosity, a special thanks. You came because you had an interest, many of you told me you planned to only look around, as if you did not want to burden the more experienced people with your questions or need for guidance. Your plans to "stay out of the way" failed. The atmosphere of "Sharing information, Sharpening Skills" is working. You have to get involved. Everyone opened up, invited each and every guest to try techniques, beat on some metal, ask questions and become a partner in the meet.

Metalmeet appluads you for making that step. We need new people. We all sharpen our skills by sharing with others. Thanks to each and everyone of the 62 participants, now friends, who attended from near and far.

The next Minnesota meet is, I'm sure, being planned in many of your minds at least. One of you will step up to the beater bag and set a time and date for the second larger meet. If you need help planning, let me know. I've got some ideas.

PS. I also have a large number of substansial metal dog dishes.

Richard K
St. Paul, MN
612-730-8132

Wray Schelin
03-16-2004, 05:48 AM
Hi Richard,

Thanks for helping build to the MetalMeet sheet metal shaping community. Like everything you do, you did it as good as it can be done. The outcome exceeded everyone's expectations.

Thanks to all of the folks that attended MMM, I hope there are more pictures yet to be sent in.:D


Wray

John Jordan
03-16-2004, 10:44 AM
It was a fantastic time :!: :!: :!: Lot's to see and learn and try.

I have a LOT of good photos, but it will take me a while to get them posted one at a time on dialup.

I can't wait for Randy's MM. :D

Kerry Pinkerton
03-16-2004, 08:17 PM
It was a dark and stormy night...well it was dark...and early, 4am Wendesday morning to be exact when I pulled out of Huntsville heading to Nashville to pick up John Jordan for our big adventure.

First stop was Decatur Indiana to pick up the bench wheel I had left at CNC Solutions the week before. Fortunately Joe Andrews had pulled it out of the shop before CNC Solutions shut down.

We then headed on North arriving in Chicago in the heart of rush hour. OUCH! Fortunately John knew a great Mexican place and we got off I-94 for dinner and by the time we were finished the traffic had thinned. We drove on until about 9pm and made it to the first exit in Wisconsin. John has to have his bedtime ice cream so we found a Wendys for a frostie. This trip didn't do my low carb diet any good.

Thursday am at 6 we were up and at them. "What's that white stuff outside John?" I asked. "I don't know but it looks COLD". Driving north through the flurries and rain my windshield washers froze. I guess north Alabama wiper fluid is too weak for the frozen north.....

We got to Richards shop about noon, had a quick lunch, froze walking back, unloaded the truck, set up the three ewheels, and spend the afternoon stringing lights and cleaning up. Thursday night we went to Richards shop and loaded up his machines. After a nice dinner near Richard's house we went back to the shop to unload his machines. By then John and I were pooped and frozen so we went by Wendys for our ice cream and called it a night.

By 8:30 Friday (Below 0F and 35 mph wind!! Dang!) we were at Richards and made plans to go to Home Depot for some 150W bulbs for the hall, a 4 1/2" stripper bolt for one of my wheels, and a quick trip to Global Salvage. When we got back we found Ben Carlson and Luc Connaly setting up and hooking up power. Richard had 3 phase in the main room.

By 4 folks started to arrive and by 6 there must have been 30 people hanging around. It was quiet so we grabbed some metal and cut a bunch of 12" circles and folks started making bowls. A lot of folks had not intended to do any hands on stuff and were a little relucant to jump in but that didn't last long. By 7 everyone had ear plugs in and was going deaf! Then Jim Voigt fired up his Watervelit (spelling) and we really went deaf !!!

I had the focal length set wrong on my camera so these are a little fuzzy. Sorry but John has a bunch that he will post soon.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7CrowdFriday1-med.jpg


http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7Bench11.jpg

Barry Larson brought his recriprocating hammers. They are very nice and well made. He will be offering complete plans and parts sources very soon. They saw a lot of use all weekend as did the similar but different machines made by Richard Klienschmidt. I bought Richards first production machine and he got my super bench number 1. Now I just need to find space on a work bench to put it. :lol:

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7BarryLarson2.jpg

Jim Voight started a cycle tank that was just superb. He had everyone jaws hanging open all weekend.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7JimVoigtTank4.jpg

In addition to the metal work, he had some neat tools such as this roll former.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7JimVoigtroller1.jpg

This small bender (one of several)

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7JimVoigtrollervice2.jpg

Not to mention his famous knee brake:

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7jimVoigtkneebrake.jpg

Wes Noles brought a reall neat set of homemade trammel points made from compression fittings.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7Compressionfittingtrammelpo-med.jpg

Thomas Voglewede brought over his FIRST metal work. This mailbox was a commission featuring the family wire hair terrier and the work was simply incredible.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7ThomasVoglewededog1.jpg
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7ThomasVoglewededog2.jpg

Thomas is on the left and Gene Olson is on the right. Gene bought my large Ewheel and is one talented dude!. Saturday night we went downtown and saw a copper floor he did for a theater. I was speechless, a rare event for sure. The floor had 20 or so copper portraits that Gene repossee'd. (is that a word) Incredible. He did some really neat reposee' in steel all weekend.

Speaking of art work, Matt Bye worked on a metal skull all weekend
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7Skull1.jpg

Sunday it finally warmed up enough for my frozen windshield washer to thaw. I started on a viking helmet and got pretty far using the wheels and power shrinkers before I got so much shape it ran into conflict with the lower arm on my wheels. I guess this is a good example of why bolt on lower arms are good. I'll build one that will let me get into the narrow opening and finish the helmet soon. It looks like John Jordan is giving me a haircut but he's actually marking the bottom so it can be trimmed.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7Kerryshelmet1.jpg

Mike Norrie asked if the gokart slick would bend the gas tank oval he needed for his Model A. I was unsure but game and sure enough it worked great!.

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3264/7MikeNorriegtank6.jpg

Lots more photos at:

http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=3264&ppuser=&password=&page=2


Terry and Lee Stolarski brought their wheel, planishing hammer, and forming stakes as well as some flames cut into sheet metal. A bunch of us decided to emboss some flames and it worked great. I don't have any photos unfortunately.

Sunday folks started leaving late afternoon and we started packing up also. Gene Olson finally decided to buy my big wheel after I threw in a can of paint :lol: :lol: :lol: so we loaded it up and took it to his shop for 'installation' . After a great pot roast dinner prepared by Chris, John and I hit the road and made it to the Wisconsin line by 10pm where we found a motel (and a Wendys for Frosties). Monday we headed south for warmer climes and made over 1000 miles. I got in about 10:45. Today was 65 degrees, tomorrow will be 70. I should be warm in a couple weeks. :D

There was an awful lot going on and I just don't have time to list everyone and everything that was happening. Plus I don't remember it all. It was a pretty busy weekend!

John was great company and the entire trip was a blast. Met a bunch of new friends and learned a ton. Long drive and all, it was definitely worth the trip. Thanks again to Richard for all his hospitality and hard work.

jlrussell4
03-16-2004, 08:33 PM
Hi Kerry,

It sounds like you folks had a great time! I have a question that came up while reading your post.

Fortunately Joe Andrews had pulled it out of the shop before CNC Solutions shut down.



The question is: is CNC out of business? or did you mean Joe pulled your wheel out before closing for the evening?

Thanks,

Jim..curious in warm Florida :)

Gene_Olson
03-16-2004, 08:48 PM
It was a dark and stormy night...

Sunday folks started leaving late afternoon and we started packing up also. Gene Olson finally decided to buy my big wheel after I threw in a can of paint :lol: :lol: :lol: so we loaded it up and took it to his shop for 'installation' . After a great pot roast dinner prepared by Chris, John and I hit the road and made it to the Wisconsin line by 10pm where we found a motel (and a Wendys for Frosties). Monday we headed south for warmer climes and made over 1000 miles. I got in about 10:45. Today was 65 degrees, tomorrow will be 70. It should be warm in a couple weeks. :D
Cheeze, do ya have to rub it in, we just got another inch of partly cloudy.

Long drive and all, it was definitely worth the trip. Thanks again to Richard for all his hospitality and hard work.

Yes, indeed!


Hardly any comments on Richard's MMM ......

Wray

Wray,

I am too busy recovering, and I forgot to take my camera with.

I had fun, and as you may have gathered I scrounged up some pennies and got some new toys. I am hesitant to say more than that till I do something with them.

One of the things I hoped to figure out was why my little shrinking dies weren't working.
That became moot when I acquired the pullmax with a shrinking die.

More coming I am sure. John Jordan shot a lot of pictures but some of them were forged. Who would have thought that you could use one of those beautiful hammers for photo editing.

G

Wray Schelin
03-16-2004, 09:00 PM
Kerry and Gene,

Thanks for the MMM reportage, still hoping for more from some of the other folks that attended.

Gene, now you have to get real busy with the Pullmax and e-wheel. :D I can't wait to see what you came up with. :D

Wray

Kerry Pinkerton
03-17-2004, 05:06 AM
Well heck, I did misspell it didn't I? Well, I spelled it right once out of two. At my age 50% ain't bad... :oops: (I fixed it)

Where are you going to put that P21 in your shop? You got some magic floor stretcher you've been keeping secret?

Gene_Olson
03-17-2004, 06:20 AM
Where are you going to put that P21 in your shop? You got some magic floor stretcher you've been keeping secret?

Yeah, I think it's called a dumbster. (As in the day after something goes away you say, "Gee where is that, oooh that was a dumb thing to throw out. :x ")

Actually, the pile of barrels will be gone soon and I am going to part with a large bench, that is mainly a gathering place for stuff that should be stored elsewhere. (put away, now that the project is over, etc. . .) I will make room. When the bench is gone, I think I will put all my cutting tools along that wall. bandsaw, radial arm, chop saw and adjust them to share the same feed rollers. I'll slide the mill back into the machine shop room and gain a few feet there and a bit here, and . . .



Hey, none of that is happening with me sitting here.

Bye.

G.

ralph
03-17-2004, 09:33 AM
I am going to part with a large bench, that is mainly a gathering place for stuff that should be stored elsewhere.

Gene,
I agree with that one. At one time I had over 40' of workbench top along my walls. I tore out 10 and built an 8 ft metal table on casters. It is my primary work surface. I probably need to tear out another 20' of workbench to force myself to have a clean work area. The rolling metal bench is a great idea. You can do anything you need to on it and it doubles as welding table. :D

bcarlson
03-17-2004, 02:16 PM
Here are a few for Kerry:

If you love Minnesota, raise your right ski.

Minnesota - where visitors turn blue with envy.

One day it's warm, the rest of the year it's cold.

Minnesota: Closed for glacier repairs.

Many are cold, but few are frozen.

Land of ski and home of the crazed.

Minnesota - have you jump started your kid today?

k, enough of my humor... ;)

Ben

roberlt
03-17-2004, 07:11 PM
Another one,

Minnesota has 2 seasons,
Snow removal
Road construction
But sometimes they get them mixed up.

Rob
(from MN where it snowed again last nite)

Gene_Olson
05-12-2011, 04:39 PM
Matt Bye wowed us with this excellent skull he formed during the weekend!
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3185/679P1000672.jpg

If you weren't there, you missed out. If you were, I hope we were able to meet!

Benhttp://www.metalmeet.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=8520&stc=1&d=1305243244


Matt was still doing them in 2007, and when I saw him last fall he had a real awesome one.

I don't know if he is on this forum, but I thought he might like this picture.
One of the guys on the Artmetal Sandbox list found this Medieval carved ivory bead in a museum somewhere.


http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=8521&stc=1&d=1305243537

He said it was about 1.5 inches high.

route56wingnut
05-12-2011, 04:52 PM
Gene,Matt is a freind of mine and was here on saturday.There is a pic of him and my wife at our spring gathering.Dan

Gene_Olson
05-13-2011, 02:41 AM
Gene,Matt is a freind of mine and was here on saturday.There is a pic of him and my wife at our spring gathering.Dan

I figured he was probably at the meet. I tried mailing it to him, but the email address I had for him bounced.