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Posted 2 years ago

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blunderbuss2
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A friend gave this to me knowing how much I live in the past (now known as an antique lover). It was in pretty bad shape with the bellows rotted away. Oddly to me the bellows were not leather but a rubberized canvas. I live in a sailing community & had some canvas, so rubberized some & replaced it. Used leather(original) for the flapper-valves. I challenge any expert now after some yrs to tell me, "that's a replacement".
Now, what do I do with bellows in the tropics? I have no fireplace! Got an antique wooden coffee grinder & don't drink coffee. Go figure.
Now what catagory do I put this in? Doesn't seem to be a matching one.

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Bellin, you like it, come get it or have somebody pick it up! That heart surgery told me I'm not Immortal, just immoral & I'm trying to dump stuff on people who would appreciate it. I'm serious!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    I give it to you if you can figure out how to get it there. I sent jason something that weighed about 4 ozs & it cost me $5-6. I can't send COD. I work on aircraft so can get things to P.R. or the Virgins but it still cost $ to send. Your gestapo makes things hard. Here is a suggestion, ck a travel agent & see when they have somebody coming down here & contact them tru the travel agent. My ph# is: 1721-554-2447 or Vonage in the States(AL) 334-651-0361 but that is a land base & I have to be home to get it.
    That open-heart surgery woke me up & I have things I would like to go into good hands rather than be lost to the WOGS. Just being realistic. Your call.
  3. RonM RonM, 12 months ago
    I always check out the old bellows.Its hard to find a set without holes or splits.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 12 months ago
    Ron, this set didn't even have but bits of canvass left(not leather) & the tacks. I had some old heavy cotton sail canvass & wanted to restore it. Found some liquid insulation while in the States & coated the canvass well with it after making a pattern & used the orig. tacks to put it together. Made leather flapper valves & voila! It came out much better than expected & to-date, nobody has questioned that the rubberized canvass is nothing but original after a few months. I've been in the Caribbean basin for 42 yrs & have become very good at painting in shades of grey (even on aircraft while waiting on parts). "Is it safe?".
  5. Manikin Manikin, 12 days ago
    Blunder open heart surgery saved you and you will live a longggg time buddy :-) You sure get some strange items living in your land of paradise . No snow !! xo
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 12 days ago
    Mani, glad you are so confident. Aug. 19 (Tuesday) is my 4th anniversary of The Night of The Living Dead. I'm now like nothing ever happened & feel great for my age. Yeah, we do run into a lot of strange things for the area!
  7. Manikin Manikin, 12 days ago
    Blunder I have known people who live full lives after open heart surgery . Just take your meds :-) And be glad they caught the blockage and your all brand new again . xo
  8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 12 days ago
    Actually Mani, it wasn't a blockage but aortic valve. The valve consist of 3 flaps & one was just sort of flapping. I have often thought about the way I found out & and still think it was worth it, even if I had died. LOL!!

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