1 Single Shoulder Railroad Track Tie Base Plate Rusty Iron Forging Knife Axe Adze Anvil Steampunk Railroadiana - True Ghost Story

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One ( 1 ) rusty Single Shoulder Railroad Track Tie Plate.
Dimensions are approximately 9 X 6 inches.
Thickness ranges from 4/16 to 5/16ths of an inch - except thicker where the shoulder is.
Three squarish holes.
Weight = 3 lbs. 11 oz.

Photo 1 shows it from the top.
Photo 2 shows it from the bottom.
Photo 3 shows it from the side.

They make great improvised anvils,.
Use railroad spikes and attach it to a stump, or even better, to an actual portion of railroad cross tie.
Two of them, with a bit of ingenuity and long threaded rods, make nice woodshop clamps.

Some people use them for long range rifle backstops. Make a nice 'ping' when hit from a couple of hundreds yards.

Others use them for the steel for make various tools.

Custom orders are always welcome.

Tabernacle Road Eerie Encounter

It was 'just there' when I turned around - about 10 feet away.
The truck.
An old guy with a black & white spaniel sitting in the cab of truck. Truck was a newer model. Red. Chevrolet.
Never heard it coming even though it was a very quite day and it being on a recently re-graveled road.
WhenI turned around, away from the spruce pitch I was harvesting, the old guy says "mornin' ".
Some weather chit chat / small talk for 2 or 3 minutes with the old guy.
While chit chatting the guy would occasionally look in other directions - briefly - being observant I guess - but each time his head turned back to me there would be a brief bright 'glint' in one or both of his eyes.
The old fellow says he just put new brakes on the truck and was taking her for a test ride.
In jest I suggested he go 'up the hill' - in either direction to test the brakes.
That would be on Tabernacle Road.
He said he would not go in either direction ( actually the words he used were "no, I can't go on Tabernacle" ) and that he was turning around and heading back to his house "a bit down Hunter's".
The back road we were on while chatting is 'Hunter's Lane'.
There are no houses or cabins, etc. on Hunter's Lane other than a seasonal cabin we were only 40 yards away from, give or take a few yards, while chatting.
After he turned around he drove away down Hunter's Lane.
Even though I was so close to the truck when it went by me after the turn-around - so close I could reach out and touch it - I could not hear the gravel crunching under the tires or hear the truck engine running.
I watched the truck as it drove away and never heard it.

I did not consider the encounter 'eerie' at the time.
At some point later in the morning, while reflecting on it several times, a number of strange things started to stand out as strange.

The fact he was just there in the truck without being heard.
That he was apparently afraid of Tabernacle Road.
That he drove away without sound.
That he said his house was "a bit down Hunter's" - when there are no houses.



Two weeks later, approximately, I was in the area again. It was Sunday, April 29, 2017 - about 10:30 A.M.
I made a right turn from Tabernacle Rd. onto Hunter's Lane and pretty soon after that I saw a red pickup about 1/2 mile ahead of me.
It was traveling very slowly approaching a hill crest on the road.
I accelerated trying to catch up thinking it might be the same old guy in a red truck from a couple weeks before.
I managed to get only close enough to recognize a dog with the driver in the truck because it went over the crest.
When I arrived at the crest, no more than a minute or two later, the truck could not be seen even though I could see about a 1/2 a mile of road up ahead.
I drove all the way to the junction of rt. 381 - driving pretty fast, trying to dodge potholes, of which there are a lot, and never saw the red truck.
There is no place to turn off the Lane.

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That said, there is a way to save on shipping cost. That is to 'combine items' into one package. You can ask beforehand what the shipping will be for various orders. All I need is a zip code to figure it out.
Taking advantage of 'flat rate' boxes is another way.

Buying 'just one item' often results in the highest shipping cost. Packing that item with another can often totally eliminate a second item's shipping cost.
Ask me.

For example, a quart bag of wood shavings cost's $3.30 to send First Class.
If packed with 1 Lb. of wood splits, which is packed in a Flat Rate envelope with a mailing cost of $6.50, the quart of shavings can be included in that envelope AT NO COST.
That saves $3.30.
That is 'Free Shipping".
That is just one example. There are lot's of possibilities.
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Best thing to do if contemplating a purchase of a few items is to contact me and ask for options to shipping charges and i'll try figuring alternatives. I can make a 'custom order'.
The worst that can happen to you is that you won't be agreeable to the prices. BUT, you could end up saving plenty of bucks. I saved one lady over $25.00 for a huge purchase of pine cones.

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I do ship internationally - but only on request. Usually it will involve a 'custom order' because shipping cost will need to be figured out.

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My name is Mike


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M. Sillett
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Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 15666

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Q -- Do you mail orders on Saturday?

A -- Hardly ever.
I usually go away somewhere on weekends - starting Friday night.
Or, I'm out late Fridays - camping, fishing, etc and sleep in on Saturdays.

Q -- Your listings of meat smoking woods show many different ways that the wood was cut.
I see shavings, shards, splits, slivers and chunks and discs. The shards and splits look pretty much alike as do slivers and chunks. Can you explain the differences?

A -- Slivers are chunks that are sliced a few times to make more pieces of wood from a chunk. Where a chunk provides 1 small piece of wood to the smoking fire, that same chunk when sliced into slivers, provides 2 to 4 slivers or more.
Some people like the convenience and control in the use of slivers for smaller smokers.

Shards and splits are almost the same except that shards are the result of a split that did not make it the full length of 8 1/4 inches, which is the length I like so I can pack a lot of splits neatly in the width of a medium size ' Flat Rate ' Priority Mail mailing box.
Shards, being various lengths short of 8 1/4 inches, just don't look as uniform.

Q -- I do not see sawdust for sale. Is that an option?

A -- It is sold 'by request' for custom orders, like shust is.
I do all my wood processing with hand tools. I do not have a big operation so there is not a lot of sawdust. I'm just an old guy that likes working with green wood. However, some times I will have extra sawdust or shust because I produced more than the custom order needed. In that case I'll list the extra for sale.

Q - Shust? What's that? I looked it up and could not find anything.

A - It is a fabricated word made up by me - silysavg.
Pronounced to sound like dust, it is a noun defined as the product of attempting to make 'shavings' from a seasoned piece of really hard wood - such as pear.
Instead of getting nice shavings you end up with such small shavings that they are almost in the ilk of sawdust. Hence, SH + UST - - - shust.
Using a shaving horse and a drawknife on well seasoned pear wood in trying to get shavings is frustrating. It's almost as hard as trying to cut shavings from a thick glass rod.
It's a P.I.T.A. ( pain in the - - - - a - - - - arm ).

Q - What is a Sprig?

A - Sprigs are the terminal ends to twigs. They are those little end pieces you see at the tip of a twig or attached to the side of a branch or twig. When the tree is in it's active growth phase during spring and summer the sprigs sprout and you will either see leaves or blossoms.
If leaves sprout then there are the makings of an additional twig that may grow up an become a limb.
If blossom sprout then there are the makings of a piece of fruit or two ( apples, peaches, etc. ).
Anyway, SPRIGS can be very high in nutrients for browsing animals such as chinchilla's, bunnies and deer.

Q -- Why do some listings differentiate between 'heartwood' and 'sapwood' ?

A -- First, some aficionados of 'smoking' beef, poultry, fish and pork have preferences. Some like to add some sapwood to their fires or make a blend of woods since the sapwood carries the majority of the flavors.
Second, in the processing of some of the wood if I observe a presence of powder post beetle larvae and/or their powdery tunnels I choose not to make any of the sapwood a part of the smoking wood I list.
Finally, if there is any infiltration of infection from fungi ( spalting ) it will be apparent in the sapwood during the debarking or shaving processes.
Spalted wood is wood that is dead, dying or stressed. Mostly it is dead or dying.
Some people are allergic to fungi.
Plus once the wood has been taken over by mushroom mycelium much of what made that wood a special flavor has probably been lost.

Q -- Why is almost all the smoking wood you sell ' no bark' ?

A -- My opinion is that the bark is the dirtiest part of the tree. It is the first protective layer and therefore at the forefront against all attackers. Be it pollution, dirty rain, insects, pooping birds and other animals, animal chewing and scenting ( peeing on or rubbing scent glands on ), insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, etc., etc.
Some bark harbors lichen growth on it's scaly surface. Some lichen is toxic.
Some bark also has mushroom mycelium growth intertwined in it's structure. You can't identify the mushroom species by it's mycelium. Some mushrooms are toxic.
I believe that all that crap is not good. Just my opinion.

The only thing worse than having 'bark on' for smoking meat is using 'orchard wood'.
All those chemicals used by orchards not only get in the bark but are taken up in the sapwood of the tree through it's roots.

Some of that stuff of course gets 'washed off' but just as much gets 'washed on'.
I don't know whats worse so I remove it - soon after I harvest the limb, branch or trunk.
Anyway, and also, I am after the wood for my woodworking projects so I have no use for bark.

Q -- Where do you get the wood that provides the listings for meat smoking?

A -- I have a little more than 7 acres of wooded hillside that has been left alone since 1965. It harbors a little of everything that tends to grow in western Pennsylvania.