Keeping Busy…

Keeping Busy…

Posts have been few and far between since I have a few irons in the fire. I'm working on some emblems for a Datsun, the garden, finding rural property, a 3d printer build, and the usual clock and watch stuff. Yet, I still hear the question asked, "but you couldn't find just a few moments to post.....?" Lol. The garden is growing well. I'll post about that some other time. This year it's garlic, tomatoes, corn, pole beans, squash, watermelon, and the usual herbs. The coffee is doing good, saw flowers for the…Read more …
Manly Arts?

Manly Arts?

Sometimes I just cant get things outta my head. I saw a blog the other day touting the 'Manly Arts' and just had to shake my head in wonder. Listed posts under manly arts were things like 'how to build a campfire, 'beard oils', 'mustache taming', 'car camping', and my favorite (yes, that is sarcasm) - 'what men complained about women 50 and 100 years ago'.  W..... T..... F..... ? I was thinking about this as I fired up the forge and collected the materials and tools to start melting old lead weights…Read more …
Making molds, saving  money

Making molds, saving money

One of the things I love about being me is that I have attempted most everything that has caught my interest. That includes making RTV silicone molds. It's really not the hardest thing, just a few basics to understand and you can make replicas of most objects. So, since I wanted to make some copies of a part I need in bulk I figured I'd take a few pics and throw it up here for those interested. Lets start with the basics, this isnt inteded to be a step-by-step (I'll do one if…Read more …
Melting metal…. with charcoal

Melting metal…. with charcoal

Yup, anyone who knows me well knows I like to do stupid dangerous stuff. Things like really hot metal make me happy. Yes, I've burned myself (many times) and had some really really close calls but I never seem to learn my lesson. So if hot metal is good, molten metal is WAY better. I have a small kiln I use to melt down gold and silver for doing jewelry casting, but nothing big enough to do a decent pour in aluminum. Off to the internet I went and found plans to fabricate…Read more …