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Thread Heads #16: Boy Scout Collecting Projects & The Pandemic

Jason Spangler the Santeeswapper and Brad England have brought back their Threadheads video blog. The most recent is with Boy Scout Collecting Projects & The Pandemic.

Jason writes

Blind trades, Apple bags, 5160 address labels…..this show has it all! Returning to the show after a long hiatus the Thread Heads Jason and Brad are back to talk all things Scouting memorabilia. In this episode they catch up on Brad’s recent huge OA flap blind trade and his experience at the recent Trade-O-Ree in Oklahoma during the pandemic.

Give it a listen.


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“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. … Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions.” –George Washington (1776)

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Scouting Hot Finds Radio #92: Refurbishing Vintage BSA Knives and Axes With Bill Chadek

Jason Spangler the Santeeswapper has reinvigorated his podcast series. The most recent is with Bill Chadek.

Jason writes:

A decade ago Bill Chadek took a gamble on a Boy Scout pocket knife. He cleaned up a beat up old knife and brought it back to life with elbow grease, sandpaper, and lots of polishing. This was the beginning of a side business refurbishing vintage BSA pocket knives, sheath knives and hand axes. Today his completed projects sell at auction for as much as $400 on eBay. Over the last decade of honing his craft Bill has experimented with different woods, learned how to forge a much improved leather sheath, and mastered polishing metal. In the interview we talk in depth about one of his most well known projects – recreating the “Kit Carson” style combo with sheath knife with a hand axe mated together.

Listen to “#92 Refurbishing Vintage BSA Knives and Axes With Bill Chadek” on Spreaker.

Give it a listen.


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“Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent.” –Fisher Ames, Essay on Equality, 1801

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History of the Order of the Arrow in Vermont

I recently participated in the Scouting Hot Finds Insiders Round Table #1 where we discussed several topics which may be of interest to Scout memorabilia collectors.

During our discussion on one of Jason’s questions, he discussed the fact that COVID has moved more collecting resources online. John Pleasants has been hosting weekly zoom meetings on various topics of interest to collectors. Larry Lane has been putting those talks on You Tube. On this video Brian Kent discusses collecting Vermont OA.

Larry writes

This video provides a nice overview of the formation and progression of the OA in Vermont. Not only does Brian cover the pre-OA societies and camps, but he also covers some of the hardest collectibles from each lodge. Some of these issues covered in the video are very obscure. In this hobby knowledge is power, and now you know what to keep an eye out for at your local Trade-O-Rees!

You can see the video by clicking the image below.

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“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” –George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789

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Thread Heads #15: eBay Patch Business Tips

Another episode of Thread Heads from Jason and Brad, this one discussing selling changes on eBay.

Join Brad and Jason as they talk shop. Specifically what are some ways that the recent eBay seller updates have affected their strategies on the marketplace. For example do you know that once you sell an items in your store that unless you act you might continue paying fees to keep that empty listing visible on the platform?

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“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” —John Adams (1797)

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Thread Heads #14: Live From The Indy TOR

Another episode of Thread Heads from Jason and Brad, this one taped at the Indy TOR.

Right off the bat they continue the discussion from the last show about what is the difference between a dealer-o-ree and a trade-o-ree. Brad offers his opinions having just been at a pair of TORs back-to-back. One thing that makes this Indy show unique is the army of volunteer staff that do such a good job running the event.

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“We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” —George Washington (1786)

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Thread Heads #13: Trade-O-Ree Secret Sauce

Thread Heads is back form hiatus. in this 13th episode, Brad England and Jason Spangler talk about tips for Trade-o-Ree organizers and getting people in the door and other topics of interest to collectors.

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“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” –James Madison (1792)

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New York OA Trader – Fifteen Years In

Sorry for the lack of recent posting and a belated Happy Birthday to this 15 year old blog. It was 15 years ago on January 26, 2004 that the New York OA Trader Blog was born on Blogger, with the following mission statement.

The purpose of this blog is to publish information about new Lodge and Chapter issues from New York State OA Lodges, the discovery of older uncatalogued issues, warnings about fakes, spoof, and reproductions and other information/musings that may be of interest to other NY OA Collectors (or at least amusing to me).

Now fifteen years later and fast approaching 4900 posts, much has been written since then with thousands of new and newly discovered NYS OA issues I’ve tried to shared with you my readers and followers.  I’ve added NY OA Conclave issues, NY OA neckerchief slides and belt buckles as well as a a few posts of more general collecting interests to my reporting since then.

the actual post count is 4865, 4866 with this post. Should hit 5000 posts later this year.

Thanks to all of you who continue to provide information about new and older issues from your lodges through scans, trades, comments and encouragement. I hope to continue this blog for many more years to come.

Please keep sending the scans and photos of new issues and discoveries from your NYS lodges even if it just a good story to share about why that patch was issued.

So what is new from your lodge and do you have one to trade?

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