It feels good

I’m proud of our boys. Mike and Matt have grown into really nice adults and it feels really good to know that they are moving through their lives with great attitudes, good work ethics and a willingness to help out when it’s needed. A while back I posted about the linear actuator control system for…

Take advantage of the weather

That’s what I did today. We had sunshine and it was pretty balmy out so I decided it would be a good day to pull out my forge and anvil and beat some steel into submission. I’ve been holding on to a set of quick tong blanks that I got from Ken’s Custom Iron when…

Not my best work.

There! I said it! I tried something the other day that didn’t turn out quite as well as I had hoped. Don’t get me wrong, it turned out fine and will work for what I want. It even looks good if you don’t look to closely, but it’s definitely not my finest work and at…

Valentines Day and no 12 step program for me.

Okay maybe it seems like a bit of a weird title for this post but bear with me. It will all become clear. I love Heather and I love scrap metal (definitely in that order) 🙂 . Now Heather and I don’t normally do the whole Valentines Day thing. I like to think we take…

The floating shelf project

With the library/office done I was looking for something to spiff it up a little. Don’t get me wrong, it looked great and is a nice comfy space to hang out in but the corner over the desk seemed a little bare. I could have hung a picture or two but Heather suggested rather than…

Growing up a space

As I may have mentioned in a previous post It’s been really rainy here on the “wet coast”. I think January broke all kinds of rainfall records and there were floods and washouts all over the island. Seemed like a good idea to stay with indoor projects so I started rejuvenating our garage “office”.  The…

Nother new year, Nother new lamp

Seems like lamps are my thing now. Not to the exclusion of everything else but I’ve been making a lot of them. Part of it is that Heather REALLY likes lamps but part of it is also the fact that I like to make functional things and lamps are really functional. I like to dig…

Design on the fly

This past Saturday it was time to help out my pal Darren. He and his wife are living in their 5th wheel trailer on their property on Gabriola Island while they get ready to build their cabin. This winter has been pretty cold so far and really wet so Darren was hoping we could put…

It pays to outsource to someone who likes to do the work

With the solar shop up and running a while ago I figured it was time to start tweaking things. I had an idea that I’d make the panels adjustable for getting the optimum solar input. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do it but I figured that it couldn’t be all that…

Digging for gold in the scrap pile.

Last week before it started to snow here I took a trip out to an industrial complex where I pick up a lot of scrap metal pieces. Sometimes I can look at things and right away say ” Oh yeah I know what I’m going to do with that” and some stuff I take on…

Holidays over – Back to work

Okay I guess that title isn’t exactly true since I’m retired, but you know what I mean. Heather and I went to Arizona for a few weeks and then to Utah for Thanksgiving with family. We had a great time. Bummed around, sat in the sun and swam in the pool, met some new people,…