whip, I missed seeing your post because we've moved the discussion over to a continuation thread as you probably noticed in the link just above your post. This was done so this thread won't become to large to load quickly.
The answer is yes, I live in Cedar Rapids. Not to far from Nix's shop. Of course in all of Cedar Rapids there is nothing too far from Nix's shop. <g>
Why don't you repost your question at the end of the continuation thread. I'm sure there are several folks here willing to share their technique.