TechShop, a eulogy

TechShop, a eulogy

I moved to the Phoenix valley in the fall of 2015, and went to TechShop because a relative said they thought they heard I might be able to learn how to weld there. Maybe they had a woodshop I could use, not sure. I walked in the door and was immediately greeted by friendly people […]

Tintype license plate

Tintype license plate

When I recently had to renew my license plate I decided to have some fun with it. This weekend I finally made a fitting photo to share. For those not in the know: tintype images are, by nature, upside down and laterally reversed, which is why my license plate, Ford, and everything else is backwards. […]

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 3)

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 3)

Wait a sec…”Part 3″? I thought the last Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 was “Part 1”?! Well, two answers. First, the original plan, back in July, was to start around Mexican Hat and work my way counter-clockwise north through Bears Ears National Monument and Canyonlands National Park to Moab, then loop southwest through Capitol Reef […]

Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook

Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook

The plan for my big summer road trip was to end up at the Toroweap Overlook on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. That trip was interrupted, though, before I could make it back down out of Utah. In mid-September Kari was planning a short trip home to her family, so I thought I’d […]

Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt

Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt

Spoiler alert: I’m not sure you can see the eclipse in my tintype. For various reasons I wasn’t planning on doing anything particularly special for the eclipse. I’d watch it myself, then get online and enjoy nice photos from other people. I definitely didn’t have the urge to drive up to the masses of people […]

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)

I have made several trips through southwest Utah in the past year, each time taking my little (and low-slung) Ford Focus further down dirt roads than I should, each time asking the guy changing my oil afterward if everything looks ok under there. “There’s a lot of dirt and some grass stuck in funny places, […]

Screenprinting: Road Trip T-Shirt!

Screenprinting: Road Trip T-Shirt!

One of the many things I’ve learned recently is how to screen print, at least one method of doing it. TechShop has a CNC vinyl cutter and a basic screen printing station, so I started with a vinyl mask for the screen (as opposed to a photo-sensitive process to mask off the screen). And since […]

Reclaimed Wood Beam and Steel Plate Bench

Reclaimed Wood Beam and Steel Plate Bench

About the same time I was working on my I-beam coffee table I was also creating another toe breaker / boat anchor, my Big Beam Bench. The wood beam was left over from a set of end tables I made for a customer. I was sitting in my very small and cluttered office I staring […]

Steel I-Beam and Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Steel I-Beam and Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

  A couple of months ago, while daydreaming about things to make with my newfound skills, I had the idea to use one of the most powerful tools at TechShop – a device that can cut through several inches of solid steel – to make a piece of furniture. This device is typically used on […]

TechShop, a eulogy
TechShop, a eulogy

I moved to the Phoenix valley in the fall of 2015, and went to TechShop because a relative said they thought they heard I might be able to learn how to weld there. Maybe they had a woodshop I could use, not sure. I walked in the door and was immediately greeted by friendly people […]

Tintype license plate
Tintype license plate

When I recently had to renew my license plate I decided to have some fun with it. This weekend I finally made a fitting photo to share. For those not in the know: tintype images are, by nature, upside down and laterally reversed, which is why my license plate, Ford, and everything else is backwards. […]

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 3)
Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 3)

Wait a sec…”Part 3″? I thought the last Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 was “Part 1”?! Well, two answers. First, the original plan, back in July, was to start around Mexican Hat and work my way counter-clockwise north through Bears Ears National Monument and Canyonlands National Park to Moab, then loop southwest through Capitol Reef […]

Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook
Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook

The plan for my big summer road trip was to end up at the Toroweap Overlook on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. That trip was interrupted, though, before I could make it back down out of Utah. In mid-September Kari was planning a short trip home to her family, so I thought I’d […]

Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt
Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt

Spoiler alert: I’m not sure you can see the eclipse in my tintype. For various reasons I wasn’t planning on doing anything particularly special for the eclipse. I’d watch it myself, then get online and enjoy nice photos from other people. I definitely didn’t have the urge to drive up to the masses of people […]

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)
Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)

I have made several trips through southwest Utah in the past year, each time taking my little (and low-slung) Ford Focus further down dirt roads than I should, each time asking the guy changing my oil afterward if everything looks ok under there. “There’s a lot of dirt and some grass stuck in funny places, […]

Screenprinting: Road Trip T-Shirt!
Screenprinting: Road Trip T-Shirt!

One of the many things I’ve learned recently is how to screen print, at least one method of doing it. TechShop has a CNC vinyl cutter and a basic screen printing station, so I started with a vinyl mask for the screen (as opposed to a photo-sensitive process to mask off the screen). And since […]

Reclaimed Wood Beam and Steel Plate Bench
Reclaimed Wood Beam and Steel Plate Bench

About the same time I was working on my I-beam coffee table I was also creating another toe breaker / boat anchor, my Big Beam Bench. The wood beam was left over from a set of end tables I made for a customer. I was sitting in my very small and cluttered office I staring […]

Steel I-Beam and Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table
Steel I-Beam and Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

  A couple of months ago, while daydreaming about things to make with my newfound skills, I had the idea to use one of the most powerful tools at TechShop – a device that can cut through several inches of solid steel – to make a piece of furniture. This device is typically used on […]