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  1. When I got it home, I opened everything up to check it out . A pleasant surprise was finding it in "as new" condition. Opening up the key switch box I was able to reset the lock to ON thereby bypassing the lack of a key. I flipped the on/off switch on and it started right up. I still have the safety switch / emergency stop bar to control the motor so all is working great. The discoloration around the gear box looks like oil spill from prior service. It has no leaks or other problems after several months of use. I am a happy camper.
  2. Thank you for the help. Finding a good deal on equipment can take time but building a studio is worth it. A Walker pug mill is a serious tool and can process plenty of clay so keeping it in good shape makes working easier. Here is the link to the auction where I got it: https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=2069051 I understand that the safety equipment is there for a reason so I am respecting the need, while I remain the only one using the studio I may have friends over who do not know the tools like I do.
  3. I recently purchased a Walker Pug Mill via a surplus school auction and would like to learn what lubrication is needed and how often should I add it. Currently I have been running it about an hour a week (several short runs each day) and all is well. I do not know it's maintenance history so wish to get a fresh start. It is in great shape for the $226 I paid and is proving to be a real asset for my studio.
  4. I have used the same model wheel for more than a year and am very happy with my $75 purchase. As it came without a splash pan, I ordered a current model pan form Brent . Without the bracket to hold the pan in place (wheel was built before Brent started using one) I had to find a way to keep it under the wheel head so I tried velcro tape. However as the clay clogged the hooks and loops preventing good adhesion I ended up with several very strong adhesive backed magnets to hold the pan to the table (the stronger the better). This is working out great. Best value I have found and using the wheel is a breeze. Quiet and strong it does everything I want on a daily basis.
  5. Seeking an affordable wheel I found a Brent C on Craigslist for $75. It ran fine when I checked it out and has worked without flaws for the last year or so. It was made in the very early days (made around 1971 according to Brent) and was lacking the bracket to hold a splash pan on later wheels. I am completely happy with the wheel using it for hours a week. I found my Skutt 1027 kiln on a government surplus auction website and purchased it for $125 but had to transport it from Michigan to Oregon myself. I had it checked out by the Skutt factory and they replaced a couple of wires in the computer control box for only a few bucks. After installing a new electrical circuit (and upgrading the electrical breaker box just because I wanted to) I might have around $500 total invested. If you are willing to cast a wide net bargains are out there. Government surplus is a great way to find items for your studio. I have seen wheels sell one at a time and in multiples as well. The auction for four Brent model C wheels selling as a single unit that closed for $300 was enough to make me weep. Pug mills for $250, slab rollers for $100, gas kilns for $5, you name it-it will show up somewhere. Sometimes they require a little repair but mostly things work fine having been surplused after a change in programs at schools. I am willing to invest a little time, travel, and repair for a good deal. Kim
  6. After ten years being a hobby potter the time has come to expand my glazing knowledge. I fire at cone six in an electric kiln using Georgies (Portland OR) glazes and Duncan Envision glazes now. I am pushing the Envision glaze at cone six as they prefer to be fired at lower temps but I started using them because that is what the community art studio had. Now I want to learn to use underglaze to enable better control at decorating. As there are very few (none) classes in my area on glazing available I am struggling to learn how underglaze works and what final glaze to use. Using Amaco or Duncan is easy due to local availability but I am not schooled enough to know what is best. What brands or methods would work best for someone starting on the glazing path? Can you offer suggestions on websites I can visit to learn how to underglaze? Thank you for your assistance. Kim
  7. The State of Oregon is auctioning off an Alpine HF-10 gas kiln . Currently there are no bids and the auction runs through Sep 13, 2017 5:00:00 PM PDT. Min bid is $50. Having just purchased a kiln for $106 in a similar auction I hope someone who can use this will go after it. https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,or/auction/view?auc=1932155 Texas has an Olympic gas kiln as well. Auction ending Sep 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM PDT. Currently selling for $1.00. https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=1932358
  8. I wish to thank you for your post. The wheel sold for around $160 I think. It was sold by a school that had changed instructors and their pottery equipment sat idle for many years.There also was a Skutt 1027-3 kiln for sale that was reported to not work. As I already had a wheel I did not bid more than $150 for the wheel and lost out to a higher bid. However needing a kiln I also bid for it. I got the seldom used, almost new, 10 year old kiln for $106 plus tax. I did have to transport it home from Michigan to Oregon but I needed to be in the area at the right time anyway. I was a happy camper!!!! Yesterday I took the control box to Skutt (about an hour away for where I live) and got everything I needed to replace the burned out wires. It was a simple task to replace the wires as Skutt makes it easy to work on the electronics. Total bill including the wires, seven peep plugs, and other stuff was $78. Skutt was wonderful to work with and they even tossed in some extra parts for free. Had I asked, they probably would have done all the repairs for me at no charge. Now I need to get the electrical wiring installed in my garage studio and I will be a full service potter. I often see kilns and wheels on the government auction website ( http://www.publicsurplus.com/ ) and have purchased several items over the years but this was my best score by far. Again thanks for letting us know.
  9. One of the best youtube series is: https://www.youtube.com/user/KaransPotsAndGlass She is a school teacher with a gentle, encourging teaching style that covers a wide range of topics. Another site is: http://www.lakesidepottery.com/index.html Very informative site for everything from building studio tools to how to create special pieces. I just recently built a wedging table following their instructions http://www.lakesidepottery.com/HTML%20Text/Tips/Making%20Wedging%20Table.htm that came out great.
  10. After siting on a stool and always having a backache afterward, I now use an office chair without arms in my studio. This allows me hours of time with no discomfort at all. I can adjust the height should I ever need to and the back rest is very comfortable.
  11. Up for auction are several pieces of equipment on the Pubic Surplus Auction site. A Brent model C wheel and a Paragon digital kiln in Wichita Falls, TX 76301 closing July 13, 2PM MDT Current bid is $280.00 http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=1639524 A Brent Slab Roller model SR20 in Lebanon, OH 45036 closing July 13 1PM MDT Current bid is $26.00 http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=1641664
  12. Coming up are several lots of Shimpo Wheels Auctions are scheduled to end April 12 at 8 PM MDT. http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,wa/auction/view?auc=1578914 http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,wa/auction/view?auc=1578919 http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,wa/auction/view?auc=1578922 http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,wa/auction/view?auc=1578927 Good luck to whomever gets them.
  13. While viewing a government auction site I see three Brent b wheels are up for sale. The site is the Public Surplus dot com under the Music and Arts section. The listing is number 1029941 and is offered by the Uintah School District, Vernal Junior High School, 161 North 1000 West Vernal, UT 84078. Link for the auction is: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=1029941
  14. I send the items (mostly bowls, covered dishes, casseroles, and platters) that do not measure up to my standards to a friend who runs a plant nursery. There they make planters out of them - usually covering up any flaws I found, and the plants become the main focus. I barter the pots for plants so we both win. I find there are people who appreciate different things in every pot and have been surprised how some pots I just was disappointed in are admired by others. When the pot is no longer the element of attention but in partnership with other materials/plants it is a good symbiotic unit. If I don't feel a flawed pot is good enough for turning into a planter I use it for target practice at the gun range.
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