Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cool Maker Embossed Antique Drill Bit Indexer From Ebay

Cool Maker Embossed Antique Drill Bit Indexer From Ebay

Finding vintage and cool unique tools is something for which I am forever on the hunt for. One of my favorite hunting sites is called Collectors Weekly. What they post within articles, ebay feeds and as a general search is mind boggingly great. Forget the notion of wasting time, instead think about time well spent on an amazing site. Get over there daily and find your particular rabbit hole to slide down into.

Original ebay post

Maker embossed to the 'New Process Twist Drill C-Taunton, Mass'. Substantial size at 6 x 1 inch. Some smallish casting voids around the bottom outside - cosmetic - see photos. The smallest hole does have the remains of a bit, so would have to be drilled out if bits are to be added. If no bits, then fine for display. Overall excellent plus collector condition. Buyer will be very pleased with this rare old drill index...

The best damn drill bit holder we have ever seen

Bottom side of cast metal drill bit holder

Find your drill bit sizing instantly and also have a great tool to do it with
 

New Display Build From An Old Piece Of Store Furniture from Rusty Knuckles

Rusty Knuckles new mobile store display shelving

Not sure how most folks approach their days, but on this end of things, every day seems like a race to make something happen. It is not in the sense of rushing to get things done, but more along the lines of the sand running out of the hourglass. The drive to create new ideas and build items to help promote our work through better advertising and displays rattles my brain, day in and day out. Often I think it could be a curse or a disease as relaxing is just a far off notion, that I think will be achieved one day, but it won't. This is not a bad thing though. Hard work and determination pay off in many forms, but true relaxation is just not part of the equation, nor would I even understand how to do that. Hell, when at the beach, I have to swim until I am tired. When on a vacation, I have to go explore every nook and cranny of the location to be sure that I fully saw what was there. High five to all the workaholics out there, as we just have to keep that fire lit.

Let's talk turkey though about what it's like to be on the hunt for something. We all have our hunting grounds. Maybe yours is a soybean field for whitetail deer, a vintage swap meet for that one year motorcycle part which fits just right or maybe a wall or sitting train car for attacking with spray cans. Our favorite hunting grounds tend to be places that fit within our way to promote new products, albums, or builds for our show booth which keeps us at upwards of fifteen festivals per year. So guess what, second hand stores, flea markets and Habitat For Humanity are amazing spots to find unique items for builds.

Within our festival season, which runs from roughly late April to Early October, we push to be at about 10 to 15 varying festivals per year. That may sound like quite a few and it is. Biggest part to know and comprehend is that every festival is different and has a unique approach akin to the crowd in attendance. From our end, making things simple and easy, is always the best approach. Simply and easy, generally only comes at the end, when one of these products is completely finished, but hey, gotta have steadfast goals to get there. 

One day while perusing my favorite hunting grounds, I ran across this old store display for $35. It had a good framework and structure and I knew that it could be made into something really unique. So I scooped it up and sat on the idea for about four months. Not sure exactly with what I wanted to do exactly, rough plans were draw up and then after a lot of sanding and prep work a new mobile store display was a in place. Yep, it was much more difficult than it sounds with fabricating and welding up a metal chassis on pneumatic tires, sanding and scuffing the entire piece. Cutting up new wooden planks to build shelving and then the multiple coats of ebony wood stain, more sanding, adding in hand painted lettering and then to finish it up, three coats of polyurethane. 

Making items look simple and effective is damn hard, but ease of use and a clear approach for the customers is what matters the most. Weeks of deliberation on build ideas to final construction is all that matters in the end. Don't settle for what you don't want and believe in the bigger ideas to help fuel your approach. This is the only way to keep an unrelenting mind at ease.

Old store display for sale at Habitat For Humanity in Raleigh, NC

Fabricated and welded up a new steel chassis for the mobile store cart for ease of use

The inside of our new mobile store display cabinet after multiple coats of polyurethane

Make Something Unique, Check Out Our Vintage Coin Guitar Picks

Custom Coin Guitar Pick made by Rusty Knuckles from a Half Dollar
Following the paths least traveled is always a mantra that we do our best to adhere against. Finding a unique spin on an idea or seeking out an idea that maybe goes against the grain just a bit more than something else is always where inspiration comes knocking. When creating all that exists within this whole "Rusty Knuckles" approach, it's easy to say "we" as there are folks who work within the music label and help out on varying projects, but day in and day out, it's primarily yours truly that is working up all the designs and getting things done to keep refining our approach. Many days are simply a labor of love and other days are just purely spent grinding through orders to get done to keep the lights on. Would I trade it for anything? Nope, not in the least. Do I get pissy about certain things when they just don't seem to work, but of course. But, first and foremost in our custom shop, failure is just one more step towards creating something that will stand the test of time.

In one of those long days of thinking about new concepts and ways to push our approach, a few coins were on the work desk and led to pulling out a guitar and trying to play a few good riffs. With no plastic pics readily available a quarter was put to the strings and inspiration struck. We know this is not a new concept by any means, but in our wheelhouse of custom music gear, these neat little picks are perfectly at home on our island of misfit toys. 

Through some trial and error and burning many finger tips, to correctly grind and polish these beauties, we started to find a great rhythmic approach to making them in bulk and now will be offering them in the Rusty Knuckles Etsy Store. 

Wanting a specific coin, just email us or get in touch as we are a full custom shop with a wanton approach to trying new ideas and wanting to create something new every day.

Custom Coin Guitar Pick made by Rusty Knuckles from a French 50 Franc coin

Custom Coin Guitar Pick made by Rusty Knuckles from a French 50 Franc coin

Custom Coin Guitar Pick made by Rusty Knuckles from a Half Dollar

Custom Coin Guitar Pick made by Rusty Knuckles from British Hong Kong coin

Custom Coin Guitar Pick made by Rusty Knuckles from a Saudi Arabian Ghirsh coin

Custom Coin Guitar Pick made by Rusty Knuckles

Rusty Knuckles Custom Motorcycle Seat For A Softail

Custom Motorcycle Seat from Rusty Knuckles
As of late we have been primarily focusing much of our efforts towards Instagram for our posting and to connect with everyone. The only issue with that format is the lack of depth and overall, we have more to say and our projects tend to have many layers of content to them, which that service just lacks in promotions for and is forgotten within hours. It is officially time to get back to our blog news feed and create more updates for all of our work and the great bands we are able to work with. Hopefully the time away will help to reinvigorate our site and add some fresh content.

So lets start rolling out some new projects. Here is a recent custom leather motorcycle seat that shipped out to a client in Tennessee. They happened to run across an old seat we made as a portfolio piece that we keep for shows and to promote our work and asked if we could do it in light tones and primarily in black. Sure we can. After some long hours of tooling and stamping, one cool new seat is riding all around Tennessee now.

For much of our custom work, hop over to the Rusty Knuckles Etsy Store

Customer bike with past seat

Customers bike with our new custom seat for their Softail

Customers bike with our new custom seat for their Softail

Customers bike with our new custom seat for their Softail

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stump Tail Dolly Launches New Video And Album



"Soundtrack to the Second Civil War" is the first full length album by Stump Tail Dolly which has been produced by Jack Gibson of metal titans Exodus and is out September 1, 2017

Order this great album now

Vinyl Records in the pre-order package deal will come with Translucent Gold color record and will be shipping the third to fourth week of October in the following colors available.

Vinyl Record Colors:
100 - Translucent Gold
200 - Translucent Green
200 - Black

Recorded December 2016 in Pacheco, CA
Engineered by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios
Mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering
Mixed and produced by Jack Gibson
Artwork by Kelley Wills/ Brainflower Designs
Photo by TheOtherChrisScruggs

All songs written/arranged by Ryan Clackner and Stump Tail Dolly excluding traditionals
Ryan Clackner and Lucy Cochran (sometimes separately, sometimes together) have toured, performed or recorded with Bob Wayne, Fifth on the Floor, Shooter Jennings, JD Wilkes, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Red Simpson, Sarah Gayle Meech, The Local Memories, Joe's Truck Stop, Tyshawn Sorey, and many others. They've opened for Social Distortion, Tiger Army, Hank III, George Thorogood, Unknown Hinson, Roger Clyne, JJ Grey, Scott Biram and more. Ryan has appeared in multiple music videos, including "Hush Hush" by The Pistol Annies. Lucy is an award-winning contest fiddler.

Track Listing:

Side A

1. Atlantis
2. Nashville Girl
3. Arkansas Traveler
4. Ook
5. Boogaloo

Side B

6. Cumberland Gap
7. Twang Diddle
8. Pik
9. Amerika
10. FRFR


On CD and Digital Downloads there is one extra track - Hunt The Buffalo, Digital Download card in the vinyl package will have this song included.

Stump Tail Dolly - Soundtrack To the Second Civil War tshirt

Stump Tail Dolly - Soundtrack To the Second Civil War

Stump Tail Dolly vinyl record and tshirt package deal for Soundtrack To the Second Civil War

Stump Tail Dolly - Both Kinds of Music custom belt buckles

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Leather Saddlebags From Rusty Knuckles For Harley Dyna's and Softails, Built For All Of The Lane Splitters

Rusty Knuckles custom leather saddle bags with acid etched and hand stitched Harley Davidson emblems

Creating a set of saddle bags from raw materials and building to fit a bike can be quite the challenge. For a good while now, ideas have been inked on a well thumbed page in the sketchbook as a project to get done. Luckily for us, the years of hard work and showcasing our capabilities allow for customers to spring up that want unique custom items. 

One such customer out of Pennsylvania just so happened to want a set of narrow saddle bags that would fit their softail and to be in a deep cherry color to match their bike. I presented my sketches to them for a style of bag and we hatched a plan.

These bolt on saddle bags can easily be built to fit onto any bike, its just a matter of what mounting bracket that is intended to be used. We asked the customer to pick up a set of their choosing and would attach the support slot for the bracket accordingly. They chose to pick up these Saddlemen Brackets from J&P Cycle and shipped them over.

Being the fact that we also wanted a deep color to the bags with a unique look, we picked up some extra heavyweight ox blood leather in 10 oz. Then to achieve the color choice, opted to dye it some more after a light top scuffing and air brush the edges with a black fade. Another aspect that was key was a very tight fit and profile so match the bike. Nothing too bulky for hauling groceries, but a solid set of bags that could pack your leathers, some tools, oil and any other quick essentials you might need for the road. 

Needless to say we are quite proud of these bags and working to produce a line of them now starting in deep black and full custom color options. We have one more round of prototypes to produce to work out any more bugs with brackets and hardware and will then be offering them as a new product in our online stores. Lots of options to also work in such as quick release mounting bolts and a locking option.

Check out more of our leather work

Shop our etsy store for much more of our custom leather gear

Back panel of saddle bag showing top bolt holes for fender strut and lower stitching of mounting area for bracket

Mounting the Saddlemen S4 Universal Support Brackets on our 2000 Dyna FXDX for mockup

Old saddle bag picked up from swap meet for mock up purposes

Creating working templates with design specs for some of the leather pieces to cut out

Slip through support slot for universal support brackets for easy on and off mounting

Shaving the underside and rounding over the top flap for machine stitching for top of saddle bags

Saddle Bags in mockup stage before final coats of color are to be added
Custom etched aluminum emblems that were attached by drilling and hand stitching

Top view of saddlebag to show the narrow width of the finished bag. (bag isn't fully bolted on, just in mockup stage)

Saddle bags fully finished and ready for shipping.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Billy Don Burns Summer Tour Dates


Billy Don Burns Tour Dates! BDB is open for booking! Contact him on Facebook or email directly  at catiedo52@gmail.com 

6/10 House Concert for John Bowers - Fayetteville, Arkansas / Richard Burnett Sun
6/11 Jimmy Driftwood Tribute Concert - Mountain View, AR. / Tim Crouch, Pam Setser, Josh Morningstar and The Tallent Brothers
7/1 House Concert for Jim Ross - Mountain View, Arkansa
7/6 Friends of Camilla's Acoustic Gazebo Sessions Nashville, Tennessee
7/8 Castle Bridge Event Center, St.Joseph, MO. / Josh Morningstar 
7/21-22 Lincoln Caverns - Huntingdon, PA. / Josh Morningstar 
7/23 Silver Maple House - New Eagle, PA 
7/28 Ruckus in the Boonies - Heppner, OR. / Urban Pioneers / Husky Burnette, and many others
7/30 The Volcanic Theater Pub - Bend, Oregon Mon,
7/31 Down Town Ale House - Red Bluff, California Tues
8/1 House Concert / Sheana Davis - Sonoma, California Thurs
8/3 The Waterwheel Pizza Saloon - Sonora, California / JonEmery Dodds
8/5 House Concert / Angel Dean - Sacramento, California 
8/8 House Concert / Dennis Yellowhorse Jones - Paradise Valley, Arizona
8/9 Radio Interview on Dennis Yellowhorse Jones show "The Real Deal" - Phoenix, Arizona
8/10 Roosters - Mesa, Arizona 
8/12 The Lumberyard - Roscoe, Texas / Dale Watson, Dallas Moore, Josh Morningstar, Sarah Gayle Meech, Richie Allbright
8/19 Benefit Concert for cancer victim Dwayne Newman - Mountain View, Arkansas
8 25 "The Bakersfield Gig" - Bakersfield, CA 
9/2 Chuck Reeves BBQ - Mountain View, Arkansas
9/23 Checkered Flag - Indiannpolis, Indiana

The Ditchrunners Embark On Summer 2017 Tour

The Ditchrunners Embark On Summer 2017 Tour
The timber punx from the wild north of Wisconsin are hitting the road and bringing their style of rootsy honky tonk punk down the Mississippi River and to the dirty south. Be prepared as they bring one hell of a live show and will soon have some of the catchiest new songs stuck in your head for months upon end.

6/3 Outlaw MC Annual Ripper - Madison WI
6/6 Livewire Lounge - Chicago IL
6/7 Gabe's - Iowa City IA
6/8 Pondstock - Trenton NE
6/9 Pondstock - Trenton NE
6/10 Lindberg's Tavern - Springfield MO
6/14 Blackbird on the Pearl - Tulsa OK
6/15 Depot Obar - Lubbock TX
6/16 Ray Genes It'll do - Longview TX
6/17 The Grotto - Fort Worth TX
6/18 Blackthorn - Joplin MO
6/20 Hightone Cafe - Memphis TN
6/22 Best Friends Bar - Lexington KY
6/23 Highland Taproom - Louisville KY
6/24 Motorcycle Collective - Chattanooga TN
6/27 The Thirsty Devil - Tupelo MS
6/29 Capone's - Johnson City TN
6/30 Ground Zero - Spartanburg SC
7/1 Heavy Rebel - Winston Salem NC
7/2 Heavy Rebel - Winston Salem NC
7/3 The Pour House - Raleigh NC
7/4 Philly Mike's - Raleigh NC
7/8 Flambeau River Park - Fifield WI
7/25 Lyric Room - Greenbay WI
7/27 Summer Twister - Birnamwood WI

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Making A Custom Chopper Seat

Custom chopper seat for Pale Horse Kustoms, by Rusty Knuckles Leather

Making a custom seat is something that our small shop has grown to appreciate and enjoy. Much of our leather work focuses around music gear, but motorcycles have always been a true passion. Over the last year, more and more seat projects started to come through the door and we are now offering more expansive of an approach to handle custom needs. Our custom work focuses more on an illustrative style rather than a stylistic upholstery approach. 

Have a look at more of our leather work on Flickr

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Richie Ramone Drops His New LP, Cellophane With Rusty Knuckles Music In Conjunction via DC Jam Records

Richie Ramone Drops His New LP, Cellophane With Rusty Knuckles Music

RICHIE RAMONE DROPS HIS NEW LP, CELLOPHANE
Collectible Album Release Features Unique Black On Black Jacket — With Clear Cellophane Vinyl. This is sure to be a collectible for punk rock fans everywhere.