Back from Ed Byers place (last Friday). I spent the mid afternoon with Ed. As usual, spending time with Ed at his shop was a real treat. Ed is doing well but does get tired easily. It still surprises me how much he does. His "projects" are still plentiful and not without many details. I wish him well on his ongoing endeavors. As with anytime I visit, I bought more than I need. I needed one gear - ended up buying 4! If you ever have thought about getting a gear from Ed, now is the time. I noticed that his main hobbing machine is going up for sale on eBay soon. He really has stopped producing gears. As for mounts - well I think those are a thing of the past as well... I was able to purchase some parts needed for my own projects as I can see there will soon be no more.
Ed is a true legend.. still making jokes with his very witty sense of humor like when I asked... Ed, you were in WW2- can you tell me a little more.. he replied.. yes! and when I joined the fight - Hitler committed suicide! Byers said that without missing a beat. I asked him if I could write a book about him ( I had helped Adkins write a book about Schaefer).. he said no.. as if no one would be interested. He always been that way.. I guess it will be for all of us to keep the legend in our own way. I did manage to take a few picture and video of him boring a 9" drive for me. That will be a keepsake for years to come.
As I left his shop, It was very apparent that I need to visit more often. Like us all, Ed needs his friends - If you ever get a chance to stop in Barstow, please visit him.. its worth both yours and his time.