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…

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) ­čÖé . 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…

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…

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…