You can have my stakes when you pry the pallet jack from my
cold.... Actually, I'm looking for the other two big stakes that I
don't have. Good luck, eh?
Wish I could help ya, but as I said, I never got a set. And a few
years ago I might have been tempted to try that "pry the pallet jack"
bit, but it’s been a while since I last did any raising that would
have needed such stakes. I seem to be working a good deal smaller
these days. And my wrists and shoulders aren’t as able to handle
hours of hammer work any more either.
It’s interesting that you say they had a pile of em when you were
there. Someone must have put in a large order without immediate
buyers. That didn’t happen when I was there, but by the time you
went, not only was Richard Thomas no longer there, he wasn’t even
alive any more (a real shame. The man was a treasure…). But anyway.
As I said, when I knew the place, there wasn’t even such a student
store, at least not that I recall. I do know, though, that at the
Philadelphia SNAG conference, visiting the brand new digs for Tyler’s
metals program, their raising room had a nice row the the old
Cranbrook Stakes. Same ones that had been slightly more scattered
around in the old facility; who knows when they were actually
acquired. I got photos of that studio, if you want. Perhaps there’d
be some minor clue on my photos that would help you.
Also, I still have most of my set of the casting Specialties stakes.
Only the stakes. I gave away most of the hammers before moving to
Seattle. (I’m still scratching my head trying to remember what on
earth moved me to do that…) The stakes were/are better than the
cast hammers, though. The hammers had a nasty tendancy to break now
and then. The stake set I have never got fully finished. I only
finished out the few I needed most, and somehow never got to the
rest, but I still have em all. If you wanted to use em to make
models, we could arrange to do something about that when you’re here
in Seattle for the SNAG conference (I assume you’re coming, right?)
I didn't know about them being a funny alloy. Worth knowing. Any
idea what it was?
Keeping in mind that this was roughly 35 years ago for me, I recall
something like a fairly simple 5 percent nickel cast iron. That could
be wrong, but that’s my recollection.
When I was there (92-94), there was a slowly shrinking pile of
them in the back of the student store.
Geez, I wish I’d known. I’d have snuck up there and bought some. I
was living just a bit north of Dearborn at the time, so Cranbrook was
just a short drive up I-75… And I’d have had the chance, perhaps,
to meet and get to know you too, before ya got famous and all…
(grin). Oh Well. Coulda shoulda didn’ta…