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…

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…

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…

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…

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…