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    Announcement: All Pledge Membership auto-renew subscriptions cancelled

    So now, with auto-pay cancelled, (sorry to see that option disappear, but I understand), what is the correct, or preferred method of supporting the Engraver's Cafe' ?
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    Need help identifying this mamouth, vintage vise.

    Thanks, Monk. The tolerances are awesomely tight. While in the process of cleaning up some surface rust etc. I used micrometer and Starrett feeler gagues to check the fit, in many instances, the separation of parts is 1.5-3 thousandths... close tolerances for a vise! The gap between the two...
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    Odd "Home-brew" ball vise on ebay

    "...do you know john widgren?" Yes. Very early on, Widgren was a "sometimes" student of mine. He's a really fine player (as well as being a great guy and an Emmon's set-up, restore wizard). Just to give you an idea...I had him substitute for me on Broadway in Paul Simon's show: The Capeman. On...
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    Need help identifying this mamouth, vintage vise.

    Thank you so much for looking into this for me, John B. I'm sort of a nerd and I love knowing all the history of any tool or other nice thing that comes into my possession.
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    Odd "Home-brew" ball vise on ebay

    I worked for a whole lot of folks: Dottie West, Paul Simon, Arlo Guthrie, to name a couple of the better-known folks. Early on (Early '70's) I used a Marlen S-10. In '78, I had an Emmons D-10 built for me that I still have and play to this day. At one point, another Emmons D-10...I was doing a...
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    Need help identifying this mamouth, vintage vise.

    First off... I cannot be trusted. I promised myself that I was not going to buy any more vises...then this one came along. It is an absolute monster...60 pounds, has jaws that open to 5.75", and the donut it a perfectly machined piece of bronze. Also, the jaws travel through 3 separate ways. I...
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    Edwin

    Papart... That 3 eyed, bushy-tailed IS me. :shock:
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    Edwin

    Are you guys mocking my extraordinary visual talents????
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    Here's source for Alphabets & Monograms

    I adopted that squirrel when he was just a pup. He was an orphan. His parents had gotten into some discarded, radioactive material, which eventually killed them. Feeling sorry for him, I decided to raise him as one of my own offspring, owing to the uncanny resemblance that he bears to me.
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    Here's source for Alphabets & Monograms

    I found this on the Archive. org website. It is a compendium of various ornate alphabets and ornamental devices that was published in 1914. There is some wonderful, idea provoking stuff in here. https://ia800303.us.archive.org/30/items/finehandembroide00jano/finehandembroide00jano.pdf
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    6 MONTHS ENGRAVING,... A GIFT TO A FRIEND...

    That is nice work, Ed! I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your wife.
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    Need help identifying vintage ball vise.

    I agree, Monk. I love it as a piece of art, the dividend is that it's also a good vise. I don't intend to use it much (if at all)... I simply loved so many aspects about it that I had to bite the bullet and buy it. Whoever the previous owner was that engraved this vise, obviously loved it and...
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    Need help identifying vintage ball vise.

    Ed: To your question; " Did I get it for a good price", I'd say that I got it for a fair price as a used block. In terms of it's value to me as a wonderful piece of engraving history and a lovely piece of art, I'd say that I just about stole it.
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    Need help identifying vintage ball vise.

    Yes, Jeff, the vise was already engraved when I bought it, in fact, it was the primary reason that I bought it.
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    Need help identifying vintage ball vise.

    Mitch, the letters are: B and G, the monogram is:
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