Sunday, December 7, 2014
I don't think I have much news in the typewriter department, other than the fact that I received my first Woodstock typewriter as a gift from my grandfather. It is a very well built machine. Without any work into it, I think it types better than many of my other desktop machines. It sure is a beauty, too. He also gave me an old Stenograph from 1912, I think. It doesn't really work, and is not in very good shape, but it is very neat!
In other news, I am doing well with my pen making. I am sorry I don't have any pictures to show you, maybe next time? I just finished getting two ready for a customer, and broke one for the same customer that I was just about ready to turn. Great job on my part...
One more thing before I go. The military teletype machine, which is in fact a radio teletype, has introduced me to HAM Radios. I am very interested in getting started, but I have no idea where to start. Do any of you know anything about amateur radios? If so, please let me know. Are there any books on the subject that stand out as better than the rest? I have heard that some of the ARRL books are considered to be the HAM Radio Bible, but which ones should I get?
Thanks for reading, even after all this time. Have a great week!
Sunday, August 3, 2014
I just got back from a week-long missions trip in Wood, South Dakota. My youth group goes there every year to spend time with the kids. It was really fun. Before that, I spent a few days in Omaha, Nebraska with my family. That was also fun. In typewriter news, I just received my first teletype machine in the mail! However, there are no power or data cables with it. It is a AN-UGC-74A(V)3 Teletypewriter, used by the U.S. Military. I believe it was made in the 1980s, but I am not sure. If anyone can help me out with information about it, I would really appreciate it. I will post pictures as soon as I can. Also, a few weeks ago, I taught a class at the Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa, about typewriters and bookbinding. I think it went well. I brought along 14 of my typewriters, and they had a Blickensderfer there that we got out to show the kids. Only two kids showed up with their parents, but they seemed to enjoy it. That's it for now. I hope everyone has a great week! -Mac
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Hi everyone! Guess what? I finally got a typecast made up! But guess what else? My scanner isn't working right. How frustrating! Anyways, I will upload it as soon as I can. Hopefully I can get it working for tomorrow. We'll see.
Have a good day!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Hi everyone. I just want to give you a quicke update. My new machine, which is a Smith Premier 10, has more problems than I originally thought. The mainspring appears to be broken, and I have no idea how to fix it. I don't want to disassemble much for fear that I will do more damage than good. I am trying to see how I can get to it with little disassembly. Any suggestions?
I did get the typebars cleaned, so they are fairly smooth, but this latest problem is quite a disappointment. It may just have to be a display piece. I will let you know how it is going as soon as it gets going!
Everyone have a great week!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Hi everyone! Sorry about the lack of a typecast. I was gone over the weekend, but I did acquire a new machine. This is the first of its kind I have ever seen in person, and the only model of its kind ever made, by my research. It needs some cleaning up before it will type, but I will post on it when I get it working.
Everyone have a great week!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Hello everyone! I am sorry that I have made everyone wait so long. I haven't had time over the past week to do a typecast. I have been very busy with school work, and on top of that, I just got my first customer for pens: someone ordered 12 of them, made out of a special wood from our town. We have an old Carnegie Library building that just got restored, and these pens are made of some of the original oak wood used in trim there. It is very limited in quantity!
Anyways, I should have a typecast coming up, maybe even later today. If not, then hopefully by Wednesday.
I hope everyone has had a great week!
Edit: I am going to be gone over the weekend, but I will bring a machine with me and post by monday. I have been so busy, I haven't had time to type anything.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
|This is the huge cast iron base that the typewriter sits on. Originally, it would have tables on the arms for holding copies or papers. The arms should also have another part, which would hold the surfaces, but they were missing.|
|This is a good shot of the column adding/subtracting registers and the mechanism. When you press a number and you have it set to add/subtract, it puts the numbers into the registers, which are the 6 boxes on the back, above the machine.|
|The first one. The little ridge on the bottom part originated from me gouging to far into the wood. In the end, I think it turned out pretty nice. Not very shiny though.|
|This was the second that I made. It is actually a mechanical pencil. It was a lot better than the pen, and more shiny.|
|Here is one that I made with my own wood from a tree that fell outside my house. It is ash, I think. This is my favorite wood pen thus far.|
|And finally, my favorite of all: A shiny acrylic pen modeled after a Montblanc Meisterstuck.|
|This pen turned out really shiny.|
|Here it is next to a real Montblanc. The one I made is bigger, heavier, and the mechanism is just as smooth.|
As promised in the comments, here is a link to the user's guide of the Elliott Fisher machine, if anyone is interested:
Saturday, February 22, 2014
|This is my typecasting machine this week: My brand-new Corona Folding No. 3!|
|Sorry about the dirty back. I didn't realize it until after I took the picture.|
|This is my "Explosion-Proof" Western Electric 520. It still works, and I am considering about using it as the telephone in my bedroom.|
|This thing is surrounded in cast iron, and is built like a tank!|
Thursday, February 13, 2014
P.S: I want to tell you that what I said last week about an interesting typeface on the Halberg was complete stupidity on my part. I guess I just haven't used a typewriter in a while, and I think I got too used to seeing Courier New, which is no substitute for the typeface on most typewriters.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
As soon as I get my scanner set up, I will start doing typecasts, which is the main reason I want to do this blog. I will also start uploading pictures and typing samples of my collection. I have one machine in particular that I think you will really like. I won't tell you what it is, but I will tell you that it is, according to my research, a rare business machine from the 1920's. I currently have somewhere around 20 machines in my collection, and I plan on adding more. I have just ordered one from eBay, so I will let you know when it gets here.