Making, Crafting, Creating... aka Whatcha workin' on?


#1128

I never asked to be taught to weld until I was nearly 30. And my Dad is a wizard with metal. He just figured I would ask when I was really interested. When I finally got challenged, I got really good in just a few years. I can now do high tensile steel and exotic metals, and even microwelding. It is a great skill to have, and I could have asked more questions when I was eight or so.


#1129

6 days until con … I guess I should start sewing.


#1130

Which con are you referring to?


#1131

Emerald City Comicon! I’m going as General Organa. Carrie Fisher was going to be a featured guest. People have asked that the con leave her table up so people can leave tributes.


#1132

Nice! There’s entirety to many cons going on right now. :astonished:


#1133

My fish candleholder turned out better than I thought it would but I wish I’d left more open spaces.


#1134

When I was a teenager, my dad bought a full-sized lathe and put it in the garage. It’s one of my big regrets that I never learned to use it – I was finding it hard enough to keep up with my studies and couldn’t take on another hobby.


#1135

You just can’t dwell on that sort of thing. I will tell you my biggest one. We always had small aircraft when I was growing up. I was sitting in the copilot’s seat from the age of six or so. When I was 12, my Dad offered to get me flight certification. I had just discovered sailing, and all I wanted to do was sail. I was just too busy to spend all that time studying. Just dumb on my part. But I learned from it. I don’t ask my kids if they want to learn something, I just grab them and put them to work. As a kid, you never think that the window of opportunity to learn something is finite.


#1136

A few weeks ago a box arrived with some glass and some copper foil. This weekend I got some more lumber.

Now I’m making stained glass doors for the cabinet. A coat of paint and three more and we’ll be right as rain.


#1137

Three more, yo! It’s like it’s some kind of cabinet factory in my basement.


#1139

And here it is on its inaugural flight.


#1140

Can there really be too many cons?
(NFI what I’m wearing to Cleveland Concoction next weekend. I’m doing 2 panels and a workshop with my daughter, but I really want to dress up, not just wear our org’s T-shirt.)


#1141

General Organa is hitting the con today.


#1142

For anyone interested, I started a Topic on the BB 3.0 stuff!


#1143

At long, long last: the rando-style front rack and basket for kid #1’s bike is done. Just in time to make another for kid #2.


#1144

Great pic ! ! FLASHBACKS !


#1145

This is not really “making” but I’ve been building a ton of flat-pack furniture since I moved. I now have a place for my vintage hats and weird purses:

The floppy hats took up too much room until I hit upon the idea of a second curtain rod with ring clips. Now they don’t fall off the wall!


#1146

I’m taking a week off from building furniture now that this console is done.

The window seats are going to be for another day.


#1147

When I’m not composing or working on translations, what I do to relax:

Edit: This one is called “Construction in Plastic, Concrete and Light”.


#1148

Deckles and moulds today. Scrap picture frames, reclaimed latches, bit of flyscreen and some weatherstrip. :smiley: