Monthly ArchivesJune 2011

2×3=6 standard

6.24.2011 / 5:31pm: I get the call on friday: The new windows are installed, come get the 6 they replaced. 6.24.2011 / 5:35pm: A plan is hatched to pick them up from there former bosom. Option 1: Arrange pickup of U-Haul man-van at destination. Price: $264.00 not including gas… Option 2: Arrange pickup of U-Haul man-van in NH, 216 mile round trip, .59 cents per mile with a $19.95 rental fee. Price: Approximately $146.00. Option 2 wins. 6.24.2011 / 5:45pm: Call Ivan to confirm times of pickup arrival time (6pm / 6.25.2011), and arrange festivities post manual labor. All three parties involved agree: This is a good plan… 6.24.2011 / 6.25.2011: Can’t sleep. Too Excited… 4pm pickup time of U-haul ...

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Shop Update: 6.20.2011 REDUX standard

Wow… Just look at those hunks of OSB. All lined up like good workers gettin’ the job done. So that’s off the list finally. Next up is run the line for power, set up the main breaker for the shop and do all the preliminary wiring for this side of the shop. Going to do it all in conduit so it has a nice “industrial” feel to it. Walls will be painted a nice buttery bright yellow. Going to use galvo steel for the ceiling. I’ve seen this used in other shops and my bud up north of me used it too in his. Really throws light well. Making headway finally. Super stoked. Stay tuned for more stoke when power ...

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Shop update 6.20.2011 standard

Big update: The North facing wall is finished. We’re having some consistent stretches of weather now so I can get out for the entire day and work. Moving onto the South facing wall next. There is some interesting news in the works for this side of the shop. The North wall faces a steep incline which is wooded. So there isn’t necessarily anything to look at other than ferns and Mountain Laurel. Not saying this is a bad thing, but compare that to the South wall which overlooks our gardens and a small field. The South side also gets some mean sun light year round too which I can capitalize on especially in the winter for passive solar heat. My ...

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Chop-Shop Progress 6.15.2011 standard

Funny what you find along the way as you’re doing work on previously owned “establishments”. My guess is they were rockin’ out to “Men At Work” when they built this barn. That’s my best guess. “Who can it beeeee now…” Insert Saxophone solo. 3pm rolled around today and it was time to take advantage of the good weather. Got all my work wrapped up, packaged and all the boxes checked. Ran the extension chords and started in lopping another 4’x10′ beast into pieces. By 6pm I had finished all the cuts to complete all the pieces parts for the North facing wall in the shop. Holy freak’n hell Batman. And here’s what I’ve been starring at for the past month. ...

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Dake Arbor Press No. 001 Redux standard

Recently scored a Dake Arbor Press No. 001 locally. The thing was an ABSOLUTE mess. Caked on grease, machine oil and caked with chips. It was mounted to a steel plate that weighed more than the press. Over a lunch break at the studio I decided to pull her apart and see what I could do to bring it back into action. Just when nothing seemed to cut the grease, I recalled how I use a simple non-toxic combination of baking soda and white vinegar to clean up tough stuff around the house. I made up the slurry and I couldn’t believe me own eyes: That combo took off all the years of caked on grime faster than the strongest ...

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Tuesday Night Ride / Shop Update 6.14.2011 standard

Went for a much needed ride tonight in Greenfield, NH. Came up on a crossroads in the trail system maintained by the Greenfield Trails Association and heard some hootin’ -n- hollerin’ off in the distance. I decided to wait and see if it was the GTA out on one of their weekly rides and sure enough the GTA train arrived. We chatted for a bit and off we went. Always fun to ride in a pack of that size (I did not count, but there had to be at least 15 of them). Couple of breaks later and we were at the top of Sayer’s Descent. Many thanks to Scott, John, Dale, Arline and the rest of the crew for ...

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IN THE FIELD: Log Ride. Exeter, NH standard

Good friend and customer #4 Franky sharing an image of him riding a log in Exeter, NH. He’s putting his 44 Kid Dangerous to good use. I’ve ridden here and it’s a blast. If you have not been I highly recommend this area. Very technical and you can easily spend a long day here getting lost, riding, and finding your way back to the parking area beat all to heck. Photo courtesy of Michael Moran.

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