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Viking Potter

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  1. just checking to see where you are. Great falls was colder than here 27 F right now. Yesterday it was 45 and the day before with snow was 9-12 F 3 inches but disappeared by afternoon.


    1. Denice


      It's also cold in KS suppose to get down to 21 to night, the snow missed us, stayed north of us in Nebraska.  Denice

    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      our high Sunday was 12.


  2. And as long as we are at it, From the looks of the Oregon code, the maximum depth you would have to go would be 24 inches deep, that would be a cake walk for a trencher or mini.
  3. Realizing that you may not have time or inclination to do it yourself, We recently laid a power line out to the garage and rented a trenching machine at the rental place. The line may need to be inspected, but as long as you know how deep you have to go, the machine is not hard to operate. very small excavators are also available for rent. And depending on the soil, you can often trench up to each edge of a walkway or driveway and drive a pipe from one trench to another then pass the wires through the pipe. 4 feet would usually be pretty easy to do unless there was a lot of rock or roo
  4. Gee whiz, a new 50 amp receptacle is about $15 , about the same money for a breaker at Home Depot, what else are they charging you for.
  5. To expand on GEP's answer, if you remove the wheel head and examine the shaft, it will either turn true or not. If it turns true, that is, it does not wobble, they you only need fix the wheelhead issue (what ever it might be) if the shaft does not spin true then it may be bent, bearings may be bad etc. more difficult fix. To see if the shaft spins true you can place a permanent marker so that it almost touches the shaft where the wheel head attaches (tape it on a little box, use some clay, whatever) and slowly turn the shaft to see if it makes a mark anywhere on the shaft. keep moving th
  6. I am a hands on or visual learner, so books that don't have a ton of photo's don't really help me much, initially I would have to watch someone else do something then try it myself. YouTube has been a godsend to me more so than any other part of the internet. Someone can describe a way of doing something that is total BS, but if they can do it in a video, and I can see it actually work I can usually figure out some way to do it myself. Likewise, when they show something that is just useless, I know right away not to try it that way as opposed to my reading something that was wrong from th
  7. Not sure If I can add a picture to a post, but I did post a picture in the gallery, we did our first run of cone 6 material and generally all was well. only issue, we had some stilts of unknown origin, and they melted into the bottom of a couple of pots. Had used them a few times for 06 work but never thought that they would not stand up to higher temp. The wire went right into the base and the base became part of the pot. New stilts were purchased the next day. I can now claim to be a potter because I made pots and they hold water and do not leak. Neil, I am listening and learning budd
  8. Last time I heard a noise like that the armature of the motor was rubbing on the coils inside the motor housing. It was on a winch motor and the screws holding the coil to the outside housing had loosened and allowed the coil to be pulled into contact with the armature. That was a new motor with only about 5 uses. since it seems to get worse with speed I have to assume it is contact with the only moving part of your motor.
  9. Proof positive that I am a potter cause that is surely a pot.
  10. So, here we go with some basics from a guy that barely knows anything, buys ancient used equipment and then builds his own stuff cause he is too cheap to get real stuff. The only reason to own a kiln is to heat stuff. And the only use for a kiln is to heat stuff. So you first decide what you want to heat. Could be clay, metal, glass etc. Then you figure out how hot and how to get the kiln to do that. So, for clay you will learn that different clay bodies act differently depending on how much heat you use. Likewise the different glazes act differently. And that is when you start l
  11. I went shopping this weekend and bought some appliances at the thrift store including a hand mixer, a blender, a shake maker and a wand thingy with a propeller on the end. I also have the obligatory collection of paint stir things for the drill. I use a variety of stuff on slip etc, but what do you all use to mix glaze?
  12. First thing I did when I got my kiln was buy a notebook with a good solid cover and started a kiln log. Every time I turn the kiln on I write down what I do, what time I do it and then what happens. This way I can repeat what works and not repeat what goes bad.
  13. I often wonder (usually when some pretentious "artist" is trying to explain why his work is noteworthy and valuable above comparable pieces) why art is defined so narrowly. I come from a long line of creative ancestors. They were carpenters and engineers and contractors and painters and bushiness owners and homemakers and just about everything else imaginable. And they had one thing in common, they found ways to express themselves in multiple forms that were in addition to the written word. And it didn't matter if anyone else understood the expression, what mattered was the need, the dri
  14. And if you do have to use a trailer, put the kiln in front of the axle as far as you can for the same reason Mark stated. The truck suspension will dampen some of the trailer bounce close to the tongue. Anything behind the axle is subject to much more bounce. (we all used to fight for the back of the school buss so we could get tossed as the buss went over the bumps)
  15. I and at least two other that I know put stuff, unsmashed, out at the base of a tree in a yard, or some other spot where they become part of the landscape. sometimes pieces are removed, sometimes they become occupied, and in a couple of cases additional pieces appear from aliens or gnomes or wherever. We don't produce enough to bury the tree yet.
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