sure was a throwback to when ricky was showing me how to use rhino, now he knows how i felt. wow, that was 7 or 8 years ago i think. hope he keeps up with it more than i kept up with rhino.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
was teaching some basic solidworks @ koboshop workday today. the bigscreen setup seemed to work really well, especially with everyone being able to make the same part i'm making on the big screen computer. my teaching style, well, i'm sure that could use some refinement. its so hard to know what subtleties with software semantics are easy or hard to pick up. was kinda fun though, i wouldn't mind doing it some more.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
no, our leaky roof isn't enough to require umbrellas indoor... well, yet at least. we had a little photoshoot action with some wireless flashes the other week with a talented makeup artist sil silvita. this was the setup in a nutshell. photos to come!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
max wimpffen and his father george run savex manufacturing in carol stream, il. super good people. i was over there last week with a client checking out some parts, and snapped a few photos whilst they were chatting. max does super good work, and is very resonable about cost and response time. call them in the afternoon, and max's mother, eva, will most likely answer the phone. she is about the sweetest person in the whole world. its a shame how hard it is for small shops like this to stay afloat these days. here's to hoping they can pull through the hard days. love the pic of the drill press with the plants. i think we need more plants in koboshop....
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
went and picked up the new blower for the plasma table tonight. definetely looks like this one will suck. it will totally suck. just need to wire it up and hook up some venting. a 3hp motor, perhaps a little overkill? who knows. still need a 32" door to hook the venting out of, anybody find one yet??
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Digital SLR's all are the rage these days and I very much love them, but I've been on a hunt for an ol' twin lens reflex from back in the days for a year or so now. Personally loving the looks of the more unpopular TLR cameras. Some of them are pretty modern looking considering they're from the 50's. Hope the day I get one is soon. Another day on ebay :)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
toshi and i tried out 1st workshop day this weekend. we're still seeing how this will work, but it was good to have everyone's energy in the shop. liz was doing some soldering, paradise was building a bed, i was casting waxes and cutting up anvils, john was sewing, sil was illustratoring, and toshi was making a tie. what a whirl wind. here's a couple quick pics i snapped on ikkai.
this is my commuter in the snow. so nice to have some cyclocross tires back on it for the winter. not that dramatic, as there's not much snow caked on it in the pic, but i'm sure there's more to come this year. and yes, that seat post is still to low for me.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
my dad has been wearing and destroying the same red wings for decades. eventually my feet were as big as his, and i started stealing his backup pair of boots he'd have down in the changing room downstairs. now my mom gets me a new pair of boots when she gets them for my dad. he's probably gone through 50 pairs of these boots over the last 20 years. this is my 4th pair i believe, and they were clean until this weekend... i just seem to destroy everything.
also machinied the koboshop logo into a piece of aluminum to test out some markings with it. works super well on this piece of 5 0z veg-tanned hide that was wetted down. so cool! now we can leave our mark on everything. well, anything that will hold the debossing anyhow....
so cool, i can pump these out so much faster now. and, i can trim the edges around the mold, so everything is exactly the same size. getting closer... kinda fun to polish the inside of these molds, but hopefully we'll be able to get better at machining stuff like this in the future so there is less hand work. always learning everytime.
we used to have one of these lights in the studio at college. it was awesome to provide fill light without showing any harsh shadows. well, i couldn't help picking this one up, we'll see if i'll be able to make it work again. should be good for studio shots, and i brought my old gradated backdrop to koboshop too. we're getting professional biotches.
frankie programming the cam files for some aluminum pressing dies. he's gotten way more awesome at this, but we were talking about how people still think cnc machining is just as easy as pushing a button and then getting a part printed out. it is definitley NOT this easy, especially when you're still learning.