Paying homage to the iron wheel and leather belt. My first vintage machinery experience at the Oklahoma State Fair when I was about eight or nine. I received my first steam engine about the same time. Since I caught the Old-Iron bug, I have tried to learn about this stuff as is possible and how it was used by the people who created and used it. It is in my blood. A grandfather was a mill-wright building sawmills. My dad a destroyer EM2 during WW2. I generally repair to operation a machine before "restoring" it. This preserves the patina or the character of the machine and never better than what was original.
I have been asked if I do any work for others. The answer is yes, but on a limited basis. Expanding is a goal. The projects I have undertaken to date, unfortunately, have been frustrating with very stubborn individuals who would not listen to sound advice. I am not a charity. Something to consider. I am in suburban Dallas, Texas but plans are in work to have a more rural base.