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Dick Sexstone

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    Music, both listening and playing (guitar) , Reading a good novel or about science of most things…

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  1. I think that is the advantage of using Salt baths for heat treating… after hardening & tempering the surface only needs hand sanding ….My thin finished blade can be heat treated with with no warpage if sandwiched between blocks after coming out of a 325 degree quench …
  2. I can’t remember the teachers names … I think they changed often during that time…. I think I remember one of them being Tom and can’t remember the last name… sorry…. I was involved in blacksmithing and only knew the glass shop from watching while I was working …. I was a janitor and cleaned the art building ….they would let me fool around some after hours… I got so I could get something into the annealing furnace …. It was so much fun… I like what I can see of your wands … some mix with metal would be cool….
  3. Nice, I like the gathering if history you used…..
  4. When I was at School for American Craftsman mid 70’s the glass shop made up their own recipes ….. I remember arguments about someone baulking at mixing chemicals…. The the book Pillar to the Sky by William R. Forstchen……( really cool read) a space elevator to the sky with a solar array the size of Manhattan would supply all the power the country uses…. It is an actual idea of a Ukrainian Couple had 100 years ago….. We don’t have the technology to build it yet ….. But someday…… induction forges and the power to use them will be in expensive….. Dan , those glass staff’s are cool….I imagine them as swizzle sticks for giants …..Have you made metal ones?
  5. Ah that explains it…..Cool Machine……
  6. You have me stumped Alan…..how are you regulating the depth of cut?
  7. Peter, WOW….. I wish I could attend both of these…..But to all of you out there…Peter is a wealth of info and his kindness equals his knowledge…. Don’t pass this up….
  8. Ah , I thought the square tube went the length of the tank and was being used as a shield…. The insulating blanket was put in thru the bottom? Could you explain how you safely cleaned the propane out?….. Not the first time that has explained on the forum but there are always new people arriving and in their ignorance they may not think to clean out the tank before cutting into it…. It seems like such an obvious concern …..But we all like to think we know more than we do and many times in too much of a hurry also……
  9. I imagine the probs reach into the square tube? How are you avoiding running the blade into them ? I laughed at you observation they needed to be full inserted…. that vent stack was a really an insightful thought!!!!!! Congrats….. that is an idea worth stealing …thank you
  10. Alan, Thanks for pointing out my message problem…. I cleaned out all of the messages….. the latest one was 11 years old ….LOL….time flies


    I’m going to pass on being an admin for now….. I have an old ipad and  i find it  hard to navigate a touch screen…. I’m saving up to get a laptop and when I do I will re up….. I would like to help you out …. There would not be this site without your time invested

  11. Gazz,

    I cleaned out my box and can receive messages now….

    I’m class of 65 and my brother is cass of 70. 

    I think you know my cousins…..

    I can’t remember which building you worked in but i do remember those were all empty lots when I was at GC… Do you still go to Roch? 

    WHITE HOTS!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Gazz


      I am Gazz on the forum but my real name is Gary.  I had a British girlfriend once who called me Gazzer, she said that was sort of a nickname for guys named Gary in the UK.  I think I registered here before your real name was required and I was always cautious about my name on the internet for some reason.

      I studied metalsmithing with Albert at Brockport starting in 77 for two semesters then moved to CA for two years for a high tech job (electron beam manufacturing that wrote the masks or negatives for chips) which was above my head somewhat so I returned to finish school and got hired by Albert.  Other folks that we both may know from RIT are Michael Ficalora, John Dodd, Ron Calari, Concetta Mason and Henry Ponter.  You must certainly know Gary Griffin.  I saw Albert a few years ago when he auctioned off his shop.  I had not seen him for years and when I walked into his office, he looked at me for a moment and then leapt up and hugged me!  One of the last projects I did at Alberts was the Strong museum sculpture which was all fabrication and that experience influenced my later artistic endeavors in metal.  I've attached a picture of one of my sculptures.  My hands are to arthritic to do much tiny stuff anymore but I still fuss with stuff now and then.  I never did any glass but always wanted to try it but did try my hand at stoneware at a small studio across the border in MA.  It was interesting and I looked at it as sort of sketching for things in steel. 

      I live in Newton, NH and Greg lives in Stafford, NH.

      I remember your brother John as a tall fellow who played end on the JV football team.  I also remember riding in Ken Bianchi's car!!!!

      Yes, a small world.


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      Dick Sexstone

      John Bianchi as in my class..I remember John Dodd and Ron Calari. Though I can not picture either . Robert Griffin was there while I was at RIT… I thought  you mentioned glass blowing in your NASA story. 

      It would be fun to chat with you …I’m a two finger typer and a lousy speller as well…. And computer illiterate… are these PM ‘s secure enough to show a phone # ? I use to be a moderator on here 10 years ago ,you would think I should know. LOL

    4. Gazz


      Funny, I think the John Bianchi you mention was a neighbor of mine two houses up the road - I grew up on Fisher Rd.  The Ken Bianchi I mentioned was the guy who went on to become the hillside strangler in CA.  Gary Griffin was a metals teacher at RIT who did lots of stuff with a machine/machined aesthetic.  I have no idea how secure these PMs are but have hesitated sending an email address through them - stuffzilla@comast.net  We can post phone numbers there.

  12. I emptied my message box…. The latest message was from 11 years ago….time flies doesn’t it? the Space X launch was right on time ….. I don’t catch all of the launches but last nights was the first one that the video streaming didn’t crash as the first stage was landing …..the launches are one thing …. The first stage returning & landing is Buck Rogers from my childhood… I laugh every time I watch one…. Jeroen, I read about the JUICE mission….. Cool!! It always seems so far in the future when they get there and when they do it was just yesterday they launched ….I won’t wish our time away though….
  13. Ah ,that explains it…… thank you Alan….. I’ll sleep on it and make a decision tomorrow….. Gazz, I’ll PM you when i get myself together…… Up to watch Space X Crew 6 launch
  14. I sent a message to Alan…. Thanks letting me know
  15. Gazz…..I didn’t know i could not receive messages…. I went looking but didn’t see a PM that I could turn on …..where is that?
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