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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Monkeyboy, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    At least branch kin. I hope you know what that is.:thumb::whistling:
     
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  2. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    Barking up the same family tree , of course :whistling:
     
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  3. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I will probably have to email that explanation. May not be fit for here.:whistling::thumb:
     

  4. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    No need, I found it :cool: :

    Branch Kin


    What does the term "branch kin" mean?

    Well first, fer all you flatlanders and furriners...(translation: People who don't live among our mountains and those outsiders from other places)...'low me to first tell ye what a 'Branch' is.



    [​IMG]Bullhead Branch off of Old Sugarland's Trail (in winter.)

    A branch is smaller than a creek or stream, but bigger'n a spring. It's one of those little trickles of water that twist like so many clear ribbons through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Some, like Huskey Branch off of Cucumber Gap are, in my opinion almost big enough to be called a creek (especially in high water.) A lot of branches are barely a foot across.


    My husband and dad crossing Huskey Branch


    My Papaw, Andy Millsaps (whose people came to Tennessee via the mountains south of the Smokies, the Cherokee National Forest & Nantahala Mountain areas) always used the term "branch kin" and then laughed. I finally realized what it meant when I told him that I'd discovered a branch called, "Milsaps Branch" on my Smokies topography map. Papaw smacked his leg and looked at my Grandma (whose people are from the Smokies) and said, "I always knew we was Branch Kin."

    It was then that I figured out what the term meant.

    This is a little crude:

    ( deleted due to inappropriate-for-family-friendly-forum content)


    So, we're not branch kin, but at least we have purty mouths :thumb:
     

  5. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Why? You never took a drink from a branch? I can't believe you looked that up. Google is our friend.:thumb:
     

  6. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    We're downriver from Sandia Labs , where they make nookyuler things they can't tell us about .
    I believe that qualifies me as "Branch" to a lot of things :thumb::thumbd:
     
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  7. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    Not quite there yet, but I got the goods to make a short run . This will tell me
    the exact best procedures, and let me figure out time/cost/materials. I built a little
    jig to hold them for polishing (the fronts) and sanding (the backs). I have to
    work out the jump rings and ear wires . I got silver sheet in 18 ga. (about 1mm,
    or .040" , or 1/25" thick). Price will be "more than wholesale, but less than retail" :thumb:


    It all starts out looking like this :


    Dsc_0103.jpg
     
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  8. circles

    circles Senior Stratmaster

    HNTSDFJ DAY!
     
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  9. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Fa-ra-ra-ra-raaa, ra ra ra raa! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    red barn, USA
    will this involve calculus?
     
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  10. squierp

    squierp Strat-Talk Member

    80
    Mar 15, 2017
    USA
    I'm also interested in this.
     

  11. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    No hardened dental plaque will be created in the making of these earrings :thumb:
     
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  12. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    Update/bump :

    I have the ear wire situation sorted, and the polishing jig made , and a sample whipped up,
    but not finished shiny like the final ones will be. Just so you know what it will look like otherwise.
    Coin shown for scale . I will get the initial batch of 7 pairs done ... some day :thumb: (lots of
    priorities ahead of Tiny Strats ) , and figure pricing off of that (time study) .

    So :
    strat b.JPG

    strat a (1).JPG

    PS : these suckers are tiny !
    That's a 1/16" hole and 20 ga. (.032") wire . Overall is 1.5" tall,
    made of 18 ga. (.040 ", or 1mm) thick sterling silver sheet .
     
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  13. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    I have the batch started . here's a few on the mini drill press , getting the .045" hole drilled

    Dsc_0122.jpg
     

  14. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    Done ! :)
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    Looks like $40 a pair , including priority mail to US addresses.

    Again , they are small, at 1.5" tall. Wife says "Nice and light ,
    but also nice and thick , so the necks are strong " .
     
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