Rollagology II July 10 and 11, 2021

Ray Wangler

Intermediate Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
It is with great pleasure to announce the Board of Directors approved the holding of classes for 2021. Classes will occur July 10 and 11 2021. If you registered and paid in 2019, you're already signed up. If you haven't registered but want to, let me know via email. We're working on opening registration up through the middle of June. is my contact and I'll get back to you.

Rollagology II

Saturday and Sunday morning 4 hour classes:

So you want to buy a tractor? (8:00 a.m. to Noon, Saturday and Sunday)

Print Shop Operations (8:00 a.m. to Noon, Saturday and Sunday)

Blacksmithing (8:00 a.m. to Noon, Saturday and Sunday)

This is a list of the Saturday afternoon 1 hour classes:

Tractor Driving (1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Saturday)

Soap Making (1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Saturday)

Drill Bit Sharpening (1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Saturday)

Here’s a short description of the classes being offered and the general topics they’ll teach on:

So You Want to Buy a Tractor?

This 4 hour class is not only designed for people looking to purchase a tractor, but for those wanting to learn and understand the plusses and minuses of different vintages and different makes. We’ll focus generally on the 40 year period past the big prairie tractors, roughly 1920 to 1960. Manufacturers include John Deere, Case, International/Farmall, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis-Chalmers, and others that competed in the period of interest. You’ll learn the different sized tractors, their purpose, and the design features that made them great and those that can cause you grief. We’ll talk about parts availability, relative costs to restore and maintain, and the magazines and internet sources of information needed to own and operate a hobby tractor. As for “hands on”, we’ll have several tractors available to remove some covers and look inside. Expert instructors will give you the experience to inspect those areas of importance with confidence that you’re not purchase something ready for a bone pile. When complete, you’ll attend a parade, auction, or watch a tractor trek with a new appreciation for these magnificent machines. You’ll have enough knowledge to actively participate in a discussion and understand if you want to further educate yourself to consider a restoration! Instructors are: Duane Ishag, Dave Gresheski, Stand Sandman (or other JD experts), Roger Meyer, Andy Meyer and Adam Meyer, and Case tractor expert Bryce Hanson.
Print Shop Operations

Ever watched the amount of machinery moving in a printing press? Ever wondered how it all works together to print a document? It’s nearly a miracle!! This class is designed to show you the inner workings of a printing press, the different designs working during the industrial revolution, how to type-set, linotype, load paper, cut, fold….etc. In this 4 hour class, you’ll learn the attachments to the press that make the different operations possible. You’ll also learn the safety rules that go along with being around a press and what kinds of things typically go wrong. You won’t leave this class an expert, but you’ll be able to explain “what’s what” as well as be a helpful apprentice if you so desire. Instructors are Donna Schafer, Jerome Ekre, John Schafer and TBD members of the WMSTR print shop.


You’ll learn the tools and metal properties needed to produce beautiful artwork in this interactive 4 hour class. Members of the Northern Minnesota Metal Smiths Guild will assist you in basic metal forming techniques and give you basic information on heating and beating steel, ending in a project you take home with you. We’ll provide you the project materials and tools (steel, hammers, anvil, forge, shop…etc), you need to bring safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection. You’ll learn the “who’s who” of blacksmithing in our area and how to become more involved in the hobby. A perfect opportunity for the beginner and a fun ½ day for the novice. Instructors are: Kevin Fettig, Keith Johnson, Clint Adams, Phil Ylitalo and TBD members of the Guild.

Soap Making

This 1 hour course is designed to give members a new appreciation and understanding of the process of heating, cooling, mixing, and waiting to facilitate the complicated chemical reactions that go on while producing soap. Sound impossible? It’s not! Sound simple? It’s not! Many steps need to be exact while producing soap. From the rendering of the fat to the PH control it’s cool (not just temperature) to see the final product cut up and doing it’s job. You’ll take a bit of your work with you when you go! Instructors are Sarah Larson and TBD members of the soap making crew.

Tractor Driving

This 1 hour course will give you the basic skill needed to maneuver a tractor in tight areas. How to operate a hand clutch, the proper way to hand crank an engine, set the brakes, block a tire or wheel, how to traverse a hill (both up and down), and other information that experts have to share on the topic. We see this as someday being a requirement to running a tractor at Rollag. Might as well jump in now and beat the rush! Instructors are from the “Want to buy a tractor” class.

Drill Bit Sharpening

How does drill bit sharpening fit Rollagology? We think every Rollag project has a hole in it (metaphorically as well as literally!). This 1 hour class will teach you the geometry of the typical twist drill and how to make one cut steel, stainless steel, cast iron, brass or aluminum. You’ll learn free hand sharpening with and without a gauge (no drill doctors or other machines taught here) so you can “eyeball” a drill bit and make it cut with the most rudimentary tools. You’ll learn secrets to sharpen very small twist drills as well as the common sizes used in most shops. Speed and feed are critical parameters and will be sufficiently covered as well. Instructors are Ray Wangler, Phil Ptseck, Justin Malland, Darryl Malland, and Mark Kirschman

Education Weekend Itinerary

Friday 7/9/2021 1900 – 2000 hrs (7.00 – 8:00 p.m.) Kickoff/meet and greet meeting at the Merchantile

Saturday 7/10/2021 0630 hrs Coffee and social at the Merchantile

0730 Load people movers and proceed to class locations

1130 Load at classes for provided bag lunch at the Merchantile

1230 Load people movers for afternoon classes

1630 Load at classes return to Merchantile for catered meal

Sunday 7/11/2021 0630 hrs Coffee and social at the Merchantile

0730 Load people movers and proceed to class locations

1130 Load at classes for bag lunch and closing comments at the Merchantile

1230-1630 Free time for students to roam class areas, visit, or travel home.

Jerry Christiansen

Mega Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
Hey everyone,

Rollagology is only a few days away.
Who else is planning to be on the grounds?
What projects are going on?

Jerry Christiansen

karl stange

Mega Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
"Going to town..." can mean, soooo many different things, Ray.

Should be a fun weekend for everyone to learn and enjoy. Thanks to all the Professors and Teachers holding these specific classes.

Ray Wangler

Intermediate Poster
WMSTR Lifetime Member
I haven't had much computer time lately.......but wanted to report that Rollagology II was a huge success!! Our instructors did a perfect job and the students reported they learned a lot and had fun. Starting registration in November of 2019 and holding the classes in July of 2021 is not the ideal method of scheduling, but everyone made the necessary adjustments and we pulled it off without a hitch. I'd be remiss without mentioning that the meals were spectacular!! Julie Slevin and crew fed us like kings (assuming a king eats really good) and we owe them a special thanks.............thanks. Next year's classes are already in the planning stages, stay tuned for the announcement coming sometime shortly after the show.