Winter’s coming and projects are stacking up

It’s been raining here lately… A lot. It was such a dry summer that I had almost forgotten what was coming for us and it seemed like the minute the Labour Day weekend had passed, the skies clouded over, the temperature dropped and the rain started. Maybe that’s just me but I was hoping for…

Summer is winding down

This has been one busy summer. It’s been good, but it’s been really busy. It’s been hot here too, so I’ve been doing more fishing and less shop work but I have done a few things. July began with our annual trip to Bamfield. Had another great visit with Cliff and Laura and got to…

Dad would like this

When dad passed away I got his tools and shop stuff because quite frankly mom wasn’t going to use it and neither was my sister. One of the things that I loved and literally used until the wheel fell off was dad’s old steel wheelbarrow. It’s a great old industrial wheelbarrow, heavy as sin but…

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…

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,…

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…

In Between Times

I like to keep myself busy. In between all my regular projects and house stuff and everything else going on I like to fill in time. Sometimes it’ll be reading a book or having a nap but sometimes I like to just fool around with new things. This recent adventure is a good example of…

Ain’t no lightweight – Part 2

Well the end of a (for me) lengthy build has me quite pleased with the results and ready to get on with something new. Mike’s new wine/liquor rack is now finished and ready to go to it’s new home at his place in Victoria. Before we took off for a week in Mexico I did…

Ain’t no lightweight! – Part 1

My pal Chuck sent me a picture of a wine rack/liquor cart that he was going to build out of wood and it looked really cool. The cart is 28 inches square and 16 inches deep and sits on casters. Chuck designed it so that it could fit in his closet and he could roll…

Yuho builds a box

Yuho has come from Japan to soak up canadian culture, travel, and have a break from university. She visits Heather during the week for conversational english and some writing practice and to learn more about life in Canada. Heather and Yuho have gone shopping, have done some cooking together and other things and last week…