My New Shoppe


Whelp! There it is: another dream realized…. Soon: been pondering & planning putting an artist/welding shop together in my Garage since I bought the place… Well, I went out to where my friend Alex works, @ Robert’s Oxygen yesterday, and picked out an efficient Portable 110/220 Lincoln MIG Welder & set-up; a sweet Victor Oxy-Acetylene Torch, and various & sundry particulars, wire, bottles, etc…. Here we go…. I’ll be building my own carts, tables, jigs & stuff. So, whatever yeah need!… even if it’s just putting IKEA Furniture together, I can do that also…. My first visible Project? Replacing the Ugliest Front Porch East of the Mississippi River, now located barely attached to the front of my abode, 73 Willow Spring Rd. Soon to be replaced w/ Grade #1 support lumber, composite ‘no visible’ attachment decking, Ornamental iron stanchions, railings, gate & handrails, with nice teak or somesuch top rail… Of course Progress & Sequence photos will be forthcoming, here & on my Blogs, etc. Then: Music Room in basement, Dave Leoni…. But thinking more Archaic: ornamental, blacksmithing type Ironwork: Ornamental railings, porches, deckrails, lawn furniture & accessories, like croquet sets, wine racks; fire-escapes, gates, fences, trellises, pergolas, grape arbors! Dock & seawall repairs…There are so many materials & options available today! The only limit is your, or my Imagination…. & of course cost of materials, design & Labor. Prolly be looking out in the not too distant future for a small truck, Ford Ranger/Mazda/Nissan/Toyota or similar for away games. Gonna share this quote my friend & photographic mentor Candace Barbot gave me, way back in ’90: “A Master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work & his play, his labour & his leisure, his mind & his body, his education & his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always seems to be doing both.” ~Unknown. Message me for phone number, directions, questions, ideas, plans, needs…. I am also going to construct a potter’s wheel, and look into alternative outdoor kiln firing for green Earthenware pottery & accesories. I also build picnic tables & the like, on order: Top Quality, only. Pricey. Just saying, Always noticed excellent Quality Materials, Topnotch Craftsmanship & thoughful, efficient design considerations combine to Satisfy the Soul, Last Longer & Age More Gracefully…. than the standard off the shelf fare.

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