Assembly and test

As the finish  process on the Gears starts to come to  a close, the structural work begins.

IMG_3618The first First step is getting the uprights in place and a small gear topped on…

Once you have that, what else could you expect to happen?

Sometimes you have to go “old school”…

IMG_3360Some people think clutter is just a mess, but I love creative clutter. Right now, our driveway and garage are the epitome of creative clutter. When you are building an 8ft tall, 2000 lb statue, you need a little elbow room. Since a large pole building is not yet a reality for us, the drive substitutes as a creative studio.

David Filing

Although a lot of the descaling and polishing can be done with Die Grinders and DA Power Sanders (that’s Dual Action – also known as “Orbital”), some of the gear sections are too small and require the old school approach.  It is back breaking, arm tiring, hot and sweaty work.

The video shows both filing and emory paper action, as well as Dave in action 😉  The big gear he is is working on in the photos and the video was inspired by this wooden gear we designed about 18 months ago:


We never finish Learning.

 Over 40 and and still learning….
I had one of those moments today where something really drove home the idea about what it means to learn and how we really never stop.
  As a kid growing up on a farm I learned so many things even though I hated most of the lessons.  Things like pulling nails from boards so they could be reused or welding up some scrap metal to solve a problem.  I reflected back to the day that my father handed me the stick welder and asked me to try.
As I grew up, I guess that I never stopped trying things or learning from my father and grand father.  I had to be reminded of it again today that learning is not always about the manual, its about watching, trying, asking, and communicating with others.
  The above picture is my father showing me a little better way to weld some tubing.  I was having some trouble with slag.