A quick update…

A quick update…

I haven't had much time to post the last couple of weeks. My shop is a 'go'. Submitted the paperwork for the permit last Friday and am waiting to hear back. For all those that that have dared the maze that is my garage workshop, I will soon have a 40'x50' workshop if all goes to plans. The plants seem to be happy still. I had to move the Tayberries out of the greenhouse. They were taking over, tangled in each other and the other plants. I moved them out to the deck…Read more …
Spring Storms….

Spring Storms….

The first week of May brought a storm through the area. It's kinda rare to have a thunderstorm in the central valley but we received a good one complete with plenty of thunder, lightning, and wind. It is beginning to become apparent that if there is a stiff breeze on the valley floor then it's going to be gale force up in our hills. If you think I'm exaggerating, remember this pic from a couple weeks ago showing the new screens for the greenhouse roof? Well, this what I found two days after…Read more …
Things are growing….

Things are growing….

And not just my beltline. ;) It doesnt seem like its been a month since my last post, but the date in the header doesnt lie. The medlar tree has flowered. They are good size blooms, around an inch across. Since I put this tree in the ground in Feb it has taken to the spot and out performed all expectations. Here is what the flowers look like..... Neat flowers and they were at the end of every branch. I couldnt sense any fragrance or smell from them, nothing at all. I was…Read more …
Spring is starting 2…..

Spring is starting 2…..

After years of trying various lighting and humidity profiles to grow my coffee plants, I think I may have got close to the right conditions. I know this because not only are they growing well, but they have flowers.. They seem to be happy, and they are pretty little flowers... I spent last Saturday moving the greenhouse from my backyard up to the property on the hill by the shed (due to the asshole behind me planting a bunch of trees to block my sun for growing things) . The greenhouse was in…Read more …
Spring is starting…

Spring is starting…

Just a quick post. I planted this years batch of trees in the ground, and blueberries/tayberries in pots the second weekend in Feburary. We have had more rain this year than usual and the springs are running still at the end of March. The first tree to wake up was a Medlar from Trees of Antiquity. It was a stick when we put dirt around it and now a few weeks later its leafed.In fact, I think it already has flower buds on it....I haven't grown one of these trees before, so I…Read more …
New oven for the property

New oven for the property

Its been a while since I posted any updates on the property/shed. Actually, there wont be much about either one of those in this post, but it kinda ties in since the oven is in the shed.... Yeah, its a stretch but it will have to do. So I've been enjoying the shed almost every weekend this winter since I have a 2 burner coleman stove and a teeny tiny wood stove. The coleman is great to make my coffee with, and the stove always has a pot of water warming on top…Read more …
Adding another machine to the shop…..

Adding another machine to the shop…..

I do a lot of work on antiques and custom projects, so a lot of times I need to either produce or reproduce parts made of plastic. My go to technique has always been casting resins, but many times they don't have the 'feel' of plastic parts even if they look the part. Sometimes there just is nothing like an injected plastic part. I started work on a David Gingery style home made plastic injector a couple years ago, but I was never happy with the way the ram was designed. I purchased…Read more …
As if I didn’t have enough projects…..

As if I didn’t have enough projects…..

Actually, can you ever have enough projects? I'm leaning toward 'no'. If there was a smiley emoticon in this editor I would put one here..   ;) Soooo, yeah... I'm working on a Pietenpol Air Camper. A simple, open cockpit, 2 seat, Model A Powered, airplane. Did I mention the original Piet is dated 1929? There's a thing for 1929 in my life for some reason. Both my Dodge and my Ford are '29's, and my plane was designed in that year. Kinda cool. Here's the general layout for the Pietenpol Air Camper.... I'm starting with…Read more …
How did it ever run?….

How did it ever run?….

Time for an update on the Model A project. I drove it around for a bit, now it's time to start getting the body squared away. I started by moving the cowl back and lowering the steering column to fit. All of this is mock up and may change as I see fit, but for now this is pretty much where I want the pieces. This is what it look like with the cowl and steering in the stock position.... The seat is in the same place, only the cowl and steering column…Read more …
Went for a short drive on the property….

Went for a short drive on the property….

I wasn't supposed to receive the parts for the carburetor until after the weekend, so I hadn't planned on working on the Model A until next week. Since I had a weekend 'off' I took my Mom and Grandma over to the coast on Saturday. When I got home I found my carb parts in the mail, and being me, I couldn't just let them sit there. I was up rebuilding and double checking that carb until 1am, on top of about 6 hours driving earlier in the day. Sunday morning I was…Read more …