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 […]

Road Trip: Nevada and California National Parks and Monuments

Road Trip: Nevada and California National Parks and Monuments

A friend of mine in Los Angeles recently bought one of my tintype photographs, and rather than entrust it to the postal system, I decided I needed to hand deliver it. (To be clear, in case my tone doesn’t come through, I used it as an excuse for a road trip.) I’ve been itching to […]

DIY Recessed Lens Board: waterjet, powdercoating, and of course lasers

DIY Recessed Lens Board: waterjet, powdercoating, and of course lasers

I recently decided I needed a wider wide-angle lens to take in the vastness of some of the vistas out here in the west. So I found a little 65mm lens from my peeps at Midwest Photo, for a price I could rationalize. “Little” turns out to be apt: the lens requires a mounting hole […]

Dawson's Finest Reclaimed Wood and Steel End Table

Dawson’s Finest Reclaimed Wood and Steel End Table

Continuing in the theme of “Mark, I thought you were a photographer?!” I present: Dawson’s Finest Reclaimed Wood and Steel End Tables! Once I got into the metal shop and saw all the fun tools I could make things with, then went to the metal supply store and saw all these bad-ass metal shapes to […]

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 […]

Road Trip: Nevada and California National Parks and Monuments
Road Trip: Nevada and California National Parks and Monuments

A friend of mine in Los Angeles recently bought one of my tintype photographs, and rather than entrust it to the postal system, I decided I needed to hand deliver it. (To be clear, in case my tone doesn’t come through, I used it as an excuse for a road trip.) I’ve been itching to […]

DIY Recessed Lens Board: waterjet, powdercoating, and of course lasers
DIY Recessed Lens Board: waterjet, powdercoating, and of course lasers

I recently decided I needed a wider wide-angle lens to take in the vastness of some of the vistas out here in the west. So I found a little 65mm lens from my peeps at Midwest Photo, for a price I could rationalize. “Little” turns out to be apt: the lens requires a mounting hole […]

Dawson’s Finest Reclaimed Wood and Steel End Table
Dawson's Finest Reclaimed Wood and Steel End Table

Continuing in the theme of “Mark, I thought you were a photographer?!” I present: Dawson’s Finest Reclaimed Wood and Steel End Tables! Once I got into the metal shop and saw all the fun tools I could make things with, then went to the metal supply store and saw all these bad-ass metal shapes to […]