Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Trade # 4 - Boat Trailer for Hand Made Knife w/Sheath, and Leather Rose Barrette

As I mentioned yesterday, it was a double-trade day!  The trailer, while I was pretty happy to trade for it, because it relieved me of the steel wood burning stove, had to go!  It's the name of the bigger and better game.

I ended up trading the boat trailer to someone who was interested in the stove.  He wanted it, but the stove was already promised to the man with the trailer, so I did like anyone in my position must.  I thought quickly of the stove that sat dormant in my dad's garage since we moved in there when I was in 4th grade. (Don't you have access to an extra stove?)

You'll remember that I was offered a handmade knife in my last trade for the stove.  It turns out that this person wanted the trailer and a stove, so I traded the trailer for a hand-made knife, and my father traded his stove for two of these knives! (His aren't part of my project)
A few other knives by Mr. Hurt

This proved to be a very interesting trade! Master Craftsman Lukus Hurt has a modest shop behind his house where he creates works of art.  His knives, blades created from salvaged bits of metal he finds on the road, old hardware, files, and the like, handles created from antlers, wood, leather and metal are all unique.

Mr. Hurt makes his own knife sheathes as well.  He uses leather that is tanned in an all-natural method without any of the chemicals and contaminants that can lead to rusty knives.  The knife I traded for was complete, but the sheath was not all the way done, so I took a video of Mr. Hurt finishing up a couple of sheathes. (Will fix sound soon.)


Mr. Hurt meticulously works the various types of old metal, in the case of the knife for trade a piece of re-bar.

The knife with the dark sheath [the one for trade] I remember well. From start to finish, it was roughly 15 hours.   It took a little longer to hand-forge the medium-carbon re-bar than it usually does, taking me better than an hour to forge it out, between 7 and 8 hours in the shop to shape, file the bevels, polish and finish the blade, put my name in it, heat-treatment and tempering, and then final polish and sharpening.  The mule deer antler handle took an additional 2 - 3 hours to set, shape and polish. 3 coats of urethane (but I don't count that because I usually do that while working on the sheath). And then 2 - 3 hours on the vegetable tanned leather sheath. So, roughly 15 hours, give or take, if my math is right.
Handmade knife & Custom Leather Sheath
Valued at $125
Most knives created by Lukus Hurt are in the $115-$125 range due to the amount of work that goes into making each unique piece.


Handmade Leather Rose Barrette
Valued at $13.99
Mrs. Hurt contributed this beautiful rose barrette which she hand-made from leather to be traded with the knife.  They retail for $13.99 on average, and can be purchased at Lo'Vadas Affordable Gifts and More in Kendallville, Indiana.

If you're interested in making a trade for the knife with sheath and leather rose barrette, please give me a call or text at (574) 529-0428 or email me at curtis@curtissmeltzer.com 

Want to see more pictures?  I have more at the Vintage Monopoly Facebook Page

Once this trade is made, you can still contact me and I'll get you in touch with Lukus Hurt so you don't miss out on a knife!


See What I traded these lovely items for

Monday, December 26, 2011

Trade #3 - Steel Stove for 19' Boat Trailer

Things are really cooking along now.  The steel stove was only around for a few days, and I had several offers, ranging from This 19' boat trailer.
Trade #3 - The Wood-Burning Stove for this 19' Boat Trailer.
I was super excited to receive the offer for the trade of my newly acquired stove so quickly that I jumped at the chance to trade!  I made the deal to trade this on the day before Christmas.

Little did I know that on Christmas weekend I was to receive offers for many other items.  Here are only some of the trades I was offered: 
  1. Horse saddle & Tack 
  2. Two old generators.
  3. Iron Owl Bank (antique)
  4. Two aquariums
  5. Working slot machine with coins
  6. Hand made knife made from junk
Keep in mind that as these other offers came in, I had already agreed to trade for the trailer (a product of my 13-month wait for the first trade).


I decided to keep my word to the first offer, and immediately posted the pictures that I was sent of the trailer up for trade.  I was hoping to trade the trailer same-day so that I wouldn't have to drive it home.

My hopes were not dashed!  I received word not 3 hours later with an offer for the trailer.  There was to be a double-trade!

See what I traded the boat trailer for:

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Trade #2 - Psychology Textbook w/study guide traded for Steel Stove

The 2nd item, a psychology textbook with study guide proved to be a much faster trade.  The books came into my possession on December 20th, and as of December 23, I traded it for an old steel stove!
Item #3 - Steel Wood Burning Stove

The stove is a bit rusty, weighs about 200-250 pounds, making it worth $38-$50 in scrap value, or it could be used in a garage with a little tlc and wd40.

 I will be cleaning out the ashes from the inside.

Previous owners had little use for the stove anymore, and threw in the dead bird and ashes at no additional cost. They look forward to the books taking up less space than the stove.

Like I've mentioned previously, I am looking to trade for something bigger or better than my current item.  Your trade doesn't necessarily need to be more valuable than the current item (but that's fine).  The stipulation of the trade is that you let me document it here on my blog.  I am willing to travel to your location to make the trade, provided that the trade is bigger and better, and you're prepared to tell me a bit about how you came across the items, take your picture and/or video and what you plan to do with my item once we trade.

Do you need a wood burning stove?  Make me a trade-offer! Call or text (574) 529-0428, email curtissmeltzer@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Trade #1 - Vintage Monopoly Car for Psychology Textbook w/Workbook

It is official!  After 13 month, I have made my first trade.  Over the last year and a month, I had 3 offers for trades, but they always fell through.

Item #1 - The Vintage Monopoly Car - Est. Value $.50
The wait was long, but hopefully, the first trade's completion will spark interest in my project, and will lead to more and more interesting trades.

As readers of this blog will know, I started with a vintage monopoly that was in a drawer at my late grandmother's house. You can read all of the back-story at my inaugural Vintage Monopoly Post.

I was offered the trade of my Vintage Monopoly Car for the Psychology For Life Today textbook and workbook set.  I made the trade with Travis Barrett, a local businessman, and when I say local I mean it, as you can see in the video below, I walked to this location to make the trade.

Mr. Barrett plans to put the Vintage Monopoly car in his desk at his car lot.


Mr. Barrett came across these books while searching a junkyard for car parts.  The books were rescued from an old jalopy.  Who knew they were destined to become part of my story?
Item #2 - Psychology For Life Today w/Workbook - Est. Value $2.00
This copy of Psychology For Life Today was printed in 2004, and is copyright 2002 from The American School®.  The workbook is in excellent/unused condition.  The book is Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.

If you are interested in making a trade for this book set, please contact me via email @ curtissmeltzer@gmail.com.

Like I've mentioned previously, I am looking to trade for something bigger or better than my current item.  Your trade doesn't necessarily need to be more valuable than the current item (but that's fine).  The stipulation of the trade is that you let me document it here on my blog.  I am willing to travel to your location to make the trade, provided that the trade is bigger and better, and you're prepared to tell me a bit about how you came across the items, take your picture and/or video and what you plan to do with my item once we trade.

You can find this available at craigslist in the Fort Wayne barter category.

UPDATE:

See where the Psychology Books went.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's Near Christmas Time. Are you ready to make a Vintage Monopoly trade?

I am at it again, actively trying to make my first trade.  Yes, I know what you're thinking, and yes, I still have the first item. 

Sometimes persistence pays off, and other times, you just end up looking like a fool.  At this point, I'm still not sure which will be the case, but whatever the future holds, let's get there together.

If you're not sure what I'm doing, read about it here, at my first Vintage Monopoly - A Bigger and Better Story Post.

I made a public shout out on my Facebook about the car here

Friday, April 22, 2011

Patience

It has been almost 7 months, and I'm still looking for that first trade.  I will not give up!  I'm going to travel to the location of my first trader (hopefully local, as the item will probably be small.)

My ads keep getting flagged, although I don't know why since I'm bartering one thing for another.

Any ideas?