I've been taking him here http://darkecountysteam.com/
with his 87 year old papaw/father-in-law. It's in west central Ohio and is about 20 minutes off the IN state line. My son studies about them constantly online and in books at the library and that along with papaw and dad having and interest also just makes him that much more interested. The tractor owners up at the steam show are amazed how my son can walk around their tractor and tell them about it right down to how the fireboxes work, how the steam is routed up through all the pipes, how to start them, and how to hook up the belts and the equipment the belts and tractors could power. The computer has made all this possible and he's such an observant child with an amazing memory. From tractors and steam locomotives to robots. Says he wants to build robots to help children and adults who can't walk, walk again. Brings tears to my eyes.
My uncle's had this 8n Ford tractor for years. That is until last year when my son discovered a lever on the left side of the tractor that my son couldn't figure out why it was there. He knew it was a range selector, but he's studied tractors so much I guess he thought it was out of place. Turns out my uncle owns a Ford 2n tractor and my son discovered it. Blew us all away.
I must say, that penny floor hearth is about the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. It's absolutely stunning!!! I like the perfectionist and artist in you. I just missed out on the artist part, but I'm a good copycat.
Truly, your work is admirable. Wish I had a talented mentor like you close by. I've always had to learn and do things on my own.
How did you bed those pennies? Can't wait to see it when it's done.