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,…

Copper is cool

The more I work with copper the more I like it. I’ve started making copper jewelry with bits and pieces of scrap that I have acquired. I first started with the scrap 10 gauge copper wire that I got from Norm. I really enjoyed the process of making the hammered copper jewelry and the thing…

A break in the weather

The last couple of weeks have given us rain. A lot of rain. No biggy.. That’s to be expected here on Vancouver Island in the fall. But there have been breaks in the weather and last week we actually had 2 sunny-ish days in a row so I decided to pull out the forge and…

Mistakes can work

Now that the solar shop is up and running and I can actually move around my welding bay in the garage I decided I’d make some good sturdy handles for my workshop doors. I had some 1 inch tubing and 2 inch by 1/8 flat stock that I thought would do the trick so I…

The solar workshop lives!

My shop is now finished and ready for use. Well, not totally finished. I have to insulate the ceiling and do some interior trim work around the windows and doors to button it up. Oh yeah and finish painting the exterior trim. But it is useable (and I have used it) and the solar power…

Why Not Wednesday continues

I’m not saying that Heather and I will be doing something exciting EVERY Wednesday but this past Wednesday was a great spur of the moment trip. We were in Nanaimo doing some shopping and Heather happened to text our friends Norm and Becky to see what the were up to. They said they were out…

Why Not Wednesday!

Last week Heather and I decided we’d hop in the car and go to Tofino for tacos. Why not? And that’s how Why Not Wednesday was born. ┬á­čÖé We had a gorgeous sunny fall day for our trip. Tourist traffic here on the island has thinned out since Labour Day so all the planets appeared…

It’s the little things.

It’s been quite a while since I posted here. I’ve been busy. The big thing lately has of course been getting my solar workshop buttoned up and ready for the rains and cold weather this winter. But of course it’s not all work. I have also managed to get out on the river and do…

Best shop floor ever

It all started with a post on the local buy/sell/trade Facebook site that Heather follows. During the shop build she showed me a post advertising 3/4 oak hardwood that was being pulled up at a local house and thought it would work for flooring the shop. ┬áSounded good to me. They just wanted it gone…

Making room – The shop goes up

Time to slip back into project mode for a bit. With our trip to France done and the great retaining wall completed it was time to get some building done! First came the fence. That was a one day project that went together just great. Ray and I started laying things out and getting the…

Been travellin’ – Chapter 3 (Paris)

After Versailles, we settled into a pretty full 5 days of travelling around Paris with the intent of seeing as much as we could. And boy did we see a LOT! Day 1 started off with a short walk to visit Saint Chapelle and the Conciergerie. The stained glass at Saint Chapelle was truly amazing….