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L. aloe succotrina.

L. aloe succotrina.

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Totally geeking out over here… We ordered some new shipping labels, boxes and replenished the bubble wrap, and it’s all just arrived!  Pretty jazzed. (at Refractory Studio)

Totally geeking out over here… We ordered some new shipping labels, boxes and replenished the bubble wrap, and it’s all just arrived! Pretty jazzed. (at Refractory Studio)

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We recently met up with Ronald downtown at Hotel Congress.  He was en route to New Orleans from Washington and swung through to pick up his custom ordered ring!   Safe travels on your cross country journey, Ronald!! (at Hotel Congress)

We recently met up with Ronald downtown at Hotel Congress. He was en route to New Orleans from Washington and swung through to pick up his custom ordered ring! Safe travels on your cross country journey, Ronald!! (at Hotel Congress)

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I’ve been meaning to have a “touch mark” made to sign my work with… In the meantime, I tried my hand at making my own.

I took an old air hammer chisel, torched it until red hot and let it air cool. Once cooled, I put it in the band saw to cut off the chisel end, and faced it off in my lathe. With my layout fluid applied, I drew in my design. Next, I grabbed an old cold chisel ground it to a teardrop shape. Now that I had the the teardrop punch, I reheated the air hammer chisel to red hot, and punched in the two teardrop shapes. A little touch up grinding to make the design even and flat, and the I oil hardened it.

I’ve used it >20 times now, and it shows no wear, and looks as if I just finished it.

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I found an old stick that I tried to make into a slingshot when I was a kid. After removing the rotten old rubber bands, rewhittling the fork ends, wrapping the handle, and installing proper surgical tubing, this thing works better than my wrist rocket. I will be giving it to my son for his birthday tonight.

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I was able to rescue four lights from a 1960’s house remodel that I have been working on. After replacing all the sockets, wiring, a few fasteners, and a bit of metal straightening and clean up, they are like new. If you look really close, you can see the little patterns of holes that add to the design around the fat part of the shade.

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Here is the finished light ready for install.
That’s not black paint, it’s black patina with a matte clear coat.

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This is a light I started building today for a client that requested the lighting to produce interesting rays of light in a small space.  I mocked it up with paper before I CNC plasma cut the pieces. Tomorrow it gets its guts and hopefully by next week the finish will be in place.

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So, apparently I’m in the craft of making hairpin legs for the people I care about… I may actually start producing them as a product, though there are far too many competitors out there.

My wife asked me to make four for our kids’ art table that she wanted to make as a Christmas present ti them. I made 16 instead. .. Four of them (for the kids’ art table) were made to be 20” high, painted matte turquoise on the top 5”, and clear lacquered the rest of the way down. The rest went to a few other projects for my older sister and I…

These seem to be superior to most of the commercially available units as the are made with 7/16” cold rolled steel (not 3/8” hot rolled steel), the top plates are 3/16” (not 1/8”  or 10ga.), and the legs are fillet welded at the base of the top plates AND plug welded on the top of the top plates. I made a couple of jigs that made the replication super consistent, and I can make them virtually any height.  The top plates were very easy to make, because I just plasma cut them all… I’m considering powder coating a few sets too…

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These are a few name frames that I made for a friend to give to his in laws for Christmas.  The top photo shows the completed look. They are all 18 gage cold rolled steel, that has been hammered out to mimic the sheet metal techniques of the craftsman who worked for Gaudi. The style is in reminiscence of the Casa Mila entrance doors, with my own design and fabrication stylings. The tiles were supplied and purchased by my friend while on holiday in Barcelona.  The black color of the finished frames was a chemical plating/patina that I used to turn the steel matte black. Enjoy!

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New toy for the new year. 
This compressor is ten times the compressor I used to have, even though they are both 60 gallon…

New toy for the new year.

This compressor is ten times the compressor I used to have, even though they are both 60 gallon…

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everydaycarry:


Apple iPhone 5
Pebble Smart Watch
Refractory Carbon Fiber Ring
Veleno Designs Quantum Ti
Swisstech Utilikey
LaCie Silver CooKey
NaoLoop
Fisher Space Pen
Midori Memorandum Card
Itoya Fresnel Lens
Protech Godfather

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Awesome shout out on the ring! Thank you!  Nice load out, carry well!
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wonderingalex:

shou-sugi-ban method

 shou-sugi-ban (焼杉板) 

(via theswindlr)

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sleeplessinldn:

Construction Lamp by Joost van Bleiswijk for Moooi

This may be a problem! Way too similar to a design that I have been prototyping for over a year now…

Update:
        Mine’s still cooler, though!

(via monstereatsdesign)

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This was a fun project!

My client is remodeling a 1960’s/70’s Arizona ranch house to fall into that rustic late mid-century modern design motif. I was asked to design three gates for the pool yard, and one security for for the master bedroom. After putting in my research, and running my brain down the washboard a few dozen times, this is what I came up with…   Enjoy!