J. Felder sent me some pictures. First up is a lighter made from a shell casing.
“WWI era trench lighter lost its flint wheel axle screw back when it was in heavy use (I’ll say no more about that) in the early 80s. It sat in a parts bin until last weekend when I finally admitted to myself that locating a replacement wasn’t going to happen in the time I have left, either, so I used some alien hardware for the job. It now is the official lighter of my Westy parcel shelf.
Very we’ll made, I’m sure it’s a reproduction, though. Nice the way you slide the outer case up which pulls the cap back and aligns the flint with the wick while recessing the wick into the windscreen.”
Collapsable candle lantern.
“The one on the right is my old late 60s camping lantern. The one on the left is my late-70s replacement, which has never seen much use as flashlights were invented by then. The second picture shows how they fold out from flat. Reconditioning the old lantern which was curved in a way that Steve Jobs should have lived to see too a lot of hinge straightening and gentle bending. It’s burned candles for so many hours that the springs have lost temper so it doesn’t pop open by itself. New mica windows for the old one should arrive Monday.
Both take standard “pink lady” candles.”
(note: I have an Indian reproduction of this kind of lantern, bought from Lee Valley. I just checked their website and it doesn’t seem to be listed anymore)
Canoe motor mount and vintage outboard.
“Top you see the mount with the Maple pad for the motor clamp. The bracket is magnesium and is drilled for the heavy gunwales which are tapped for the thumbscrews you see. The are in their storage holes, not where they will be used. The drilled center hole is used to secure a toolkit for complete disassembly and rebuild and for spare brass shear pins and cotters, stored in a Volvo 940 tool bag
the Elton (evinrude light twin outboard) motor weighs 13 pounds and makes 1 hp. It is serial number
30 and thus was likely made before lunch on day 1.
Once primed it starts on the first pull.
the cable lanyard connects boat, motor and bracket so that nothing can end up at the bottom of the river.”
A video of the motor running.