Sunday, March 29, 2015

right and wrong

Americans live in a society which provides religious freedom to its citizens which allows us to worship God in any manner we please. We have developed tolerance toward each other's beliefs; we recognize that each individual has a civil right to his own beliefs and no one has any authority to coerce anyone to believe anything. Most people in American churches believe that there are Christians in all denominations. When discussing the peculiar denominational beliefs of these churches, the members emphasize that each should be allowed to worship God in the manner in which he pleases and believe that God will accept the, worship of those in each denomination.
The fact that our civil government provides for the practice of religious differences should not be understood, however, to mean that God will accept every religious practice and belief. Satan is the author of the concept that God will accept every belief and practice. God has never revealed that he will accept every man's worship, just so long as he is good, honest and sincere. Rather, he revealed, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isa. 8:20).
Does Everyone Have A Right To His Own Belief?
Mike Willis
Danville, Indiana

Saturday, March 28, 2015

intrinsic value

I just finished melting down a set of sterling flatware I bought on Ebay in late 2013.  It was a rather common pattern called French Provincial by Towle.  The set consisted of 12 salad forks, 12 dinner forks, 12 dinner spoons, 3 large serving spoons, 1 large serving fork, a pickle fork and a cocktail fork.  There were several knives included but they have very little value as there is only a foil-thin layer of sterling on the handles and the blades are all stainless steel.  My finished nuggets weigh in at just a hair over 4 lbs.  The melt value of the pile in regard to the spot price of silver at the close of business on Friday is $923.86.
There is something very satisfying about the weight of a precious metal in regard to its' value.  The paper money and coins in your pocket only have imaginary value printed or stamped on relatively worthless material.  The demand for precious metals is driven not only by their practical use but also by their role as investments and a store of value...this fact compounds its' intrinsic value once minted into custom limited edition Field Lab coins.  79,86,47,0,C 

Friday, March 27, 2015

re visit

Swedish filmakers Jesper and Kenneth stopped by for a visit today.  They filmed out here in November 2012...back in town to do a story about a friend of mine.  Ben was just 4 1/2 months old when they were first here and they were quite surprised how big he is now.  The documentary "Microtopia" can be viewed for a $3.99 rental on vimeo.  72,78,40,0,B

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Check up with my PCP and had blood drawn for a CBC.  To be honest, I kinda miss getting pricked with a needle - brings back fond memories of the TLC that I got in the hospital.  63,66,50,0,B

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

first melt

Melted down 12 salad forks today.  Yield was 465 grams of sterling silver nuggets...enough to make 32 half ounce coins.  I chop up the flatware and melt it like this to burn off any residual grime.  The nuggets soak in a warm acid "pickle" for a couple of hours to clean off the firescale.  Dry sodium hydrogen sulfate is mixed with water releasing a mild sulfuric acid.  Firescale is cupric oxide - stains left by the copper that is in sterling silver as it reacts with oxygen at high temperature.  79,85,51,0,W

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Got everything assembled for the minting process.  New TS8000 just arrived.  This torch head burns 200 degrees hotter than my old one which should speed up the process a bit.  78,87,48,0,C

Monday, March 23, 2015

shorter drive

So I was supposed to make the long trip to Odessa last week for a checkup.  They called me the day before to move my appointment earlier in the day and informed me my surgeon would not be there.  I rescheduled for April 9th when my surgeon would be available.  I'm not doing a 7 hour round trip just for an xray and 5 minutes with a doctor unfamiliar with my case.  Called my PCP in Fort Davis and he ordered an xray today for me in Alpine for a followup exam scheduled with him on Thursday.  72,83,45,0,C