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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 02:16 pm
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Rick Huckabee
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Lucas Bashera came by the house last week and as he was measuring up and taking down some measurements for a custom  shoulder screw  I needed , I began to think about how talented he is ,..... and not just him but all the guy's in our AFCA group making specialized parts  and have been for years , and doing all these fantastic things to and for our fans . Really I am amazed and feel such pride in knowing that so many people are doing so many things every day to make a fan and  many fans as complete as possible, so they will run again and be beautiful , functional . I am so impressed with the thought of all of our talented people that I want to tell everybody in the AFCA how great you are and how much good that you are doing .
 Think for a minute about what all is going on . We have parts being cast out of a number of different metals, parts being 3-D printed, parts machined , parts via CNC , parts made from ceramics , Brilliant paint jobs and exceptional repairs done with a number of creative supplies , Cages and blades made as per spec. Motors and choke coils wound . We have a number of members restoring fans full-time , also members buying out whole collections of fans , parts etc. , we have website availability on just about anything we need or need to find out. We have members researching everything and everybody is collecting fans .  The  dollar amount of fans and parts made , bought , sold and shipped back and forth to one another ,  Fan fair , regional meets , not to mention travel , hotel rooms  , meals , and the personal cost to each individual to tool-up making all these things possible ,  must number into the tens of millions a year , maybe more. I think we are not merely a group called AFCA  that likes fans , but we are our own industry. 
Maybe everybody else has come to this realization before me and I'm just now getting it , but the Big Picture here , collectively as a group set me to thinking that day and I am awed by it and wanted to share that.  
Looking back to the time  I first joined this group in 2005 to now ,  really impresses me and makes me proud of our group , our people and accomplishments. I know there are many other things going on that I'm not aware of within AFCA and many other things I have failed to mention , so if anybody wants to fill in the blanks that I've left please do. Thanks everybody.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 04:23 pm
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Steve Stephens
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Well said Rick and I completely agree.  We do have a great club and bunches of Gals and Guys.  

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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 05:31 pm
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Richard Daugird
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10-4!

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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 08:13 pm
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Lane Shirey
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Rick, I know you're modest, so I'll be the first to include you in the list of masters we have here in the club.  It also fascinates me of not only the skills but also generosity that our members demonstrate on a daily basis. I won't name names because I'll forget too many.

Before collecting fans, I used to be into Lionel Trains.  The TCA,  (their version of AFCA) is a bunch of grumpy old guys that share nothing and would rather take their expertise into the grave.  When I joined our club, I let my TCA membership drop-  This is how collecting SHOULD be.  And I no longer collect trains for that reason.

I have to think that if we could see the faces of the early pioneers of the fan industry up in Heaven ( or the opposite in some cases maybe) , they would have a look of disbelief that we are remaking parts better than they could, using techniques and materials that weren't even thought of then.  I'd also have to believe that they'd also give us a wink, for preserving these wonderful pieces of engineering. Though they would probably think we're a little crazy, trying to save these old appliances that were only intended to dry the sweat off your brow and last a few years.

Thanks to all the craftsmen we have, and the restorers, and the preservationists ( that's you Steve, lol!) , but especially the beginners.  Once upon a time, all of us have searched for the blade set screw on an Emerson, or knocked the back out of a Peerless housing ( me), but we all continue to learn from these masters. 

Whether one fan or 400, we're all a big family and that's what matters most!!


Happy Holidays everyone!!


From Lane and Jeanie   

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 Posted: Thu Dec 14th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Lucas Beshara
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Thanks so much for the kind words Rick!  
Well said all the way through. I myself am in awe of your work and mastery of a found talent. I, like you, have a deep love for these lost pieces of industry, like all of us...  Glad to help you or anyother member struggling to bring a piece of history back to life. I know I couldn't have saved many of my fans on my own.  The list is long of people who have helped me and I appreciate every bit!

I found this group of talented individuals just a year ago and have found a kinship not found anywhere else. I mean come on, Kurt letting us crash on the couch for the fan meet. Geoff doing the same. Others I'm sure. Found many new fans and friends at meets.  

Happy to be a member and associate with other fan nerds. We couldn't do it without each other:up:


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 Posted: Fri Dec 15th, 2017 11:27 pm
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Jim Kovar
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Hear, hear!, Rick. Well stated.



Last edited on Fri Dec 15th, 2017 11:33 pm by Jim Kovar

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 Posted: Sat Dec 16th, 2017 03:56 am
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Jim Roadt
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Rick I couldn't agree more
I have only been a member for less than a year.  In that time I have asked more dumb questions on the forum than anybody.  Yet I have never been made to feel dumb.  
Thanks to all the answers and help I received I have a small collection of really nice " working "fans.  With out all the help I would have a collection of cast iron door stops

I learned to polish,paint, remove parts and put everything back together from members .  The things I could not do I could send to a member or have it fabricated ( electrical still eludes me )
Thanks for all the help


yet I still have the wire coming out at 9:00 instead of 6:00

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 Posted: Sat Dec 16th, 2017 04:40 pm
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Daniel OToole
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Well said,people will never learn more then from the AFCA family

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 Posted: Sun Dec 17th, 2017 10:20 pm
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Larry White
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Rick is a great guy and as his mentor The great Sidney Lamb, he is more than willing to share his knowledge and techniques to those of us who are thick as a brick. I would like to than Mr. Dale Brooks for introducing me to this group and the joy the people bring to it. Merry Christmas to all.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 03:17 am
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Richard Daugird
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I have to kick in here as a newbie (dummy?) and thank all who have helped me!!!

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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 03:44 am
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Brian Kurtt
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Well said Rick

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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 09:50 pm
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Greg Mauer
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Wouldn't it be useful to have a members only section dedicated to listing these talented club members who have particular skills or services they would like to offer on a regular basis? It would obviously list only those who wish to be listed. It could be a more or less static list, subject to additions or deletions. It would be different from the buy/sell forum, listing, for example, people who specialize in blades, people who specialize in machine work, rewinding, painting, etc.  Right now you have to throw out an inquiry on one of the forums every time something is needed unless you happen to remember everyone's specialty ( I know some of you do ).


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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 03:32 am
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Richard Daugird wrote: I have to kick in here as a newbie (dummy?) and thank all who have helped me!!!
I resemble that!   :up: :D

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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 05:15 am
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Evan Atkinson
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It's a great sentiment Rick!  In total agreement.  Very nicely stated.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.  Here's to another great year of fanning.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 24th, 2017 01:33 am
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K Shawn Sharpe
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Rick is awesome in everything he does really helped me out

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 Posted: Sat Dec 30th, 2017 08:23 pm
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Alan Kinsey
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Karolyn Badon
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I have to agree. Over the years I have received fantastic help, information, praise & encouragement from all AFCA members. The joy I receive from this group is only increased my love of fan collecting. Thank you one and all. 💕

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