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 […]

Mark Dawson's Best Campfire Beer Stake and Tequila Assistant

Mark Dawson’s Best Campfire Beer Stake and Tequila Assistant

A couple of weeks ago I was laying in bed waiting on my turn in the bathroom, and was trying to think of something to make as something fun for an upcoming camping trip. One of Kari’s professors, who was basically leading the excursion, likes to make things for camping, and I wanted to participate. […]

Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes

Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes

In terms of quantity of photographs, my trip last week to Chiricahua National Monument and parts of Coronado National Forest was not particularly productive. What I lacked in quantity, though, I feel like I made up for in quality: I really love the way the rocks of the Chiricahuas look, rendered as a tintype. Wednesday, […]

Saguaro National Park, Part 2

Saguaro National Park, Part 2

This week I made another trip down to Saguaro National Park to spend the day making tintypes. As I did last time, I parked in a turnout and spent the entire day photographing within a 15-foot radius of the car. (And like last time, I had more to make photos of than time to do […]

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 […]

Mark Dawson’s Best Campfire Beer Stake and Tequila Assistant
Mark Dawson's Best Campfire Beer Stake and Tequila Assistant

A couple of weeks ago I was laying in bed waiting on my turn in the bathroom, and was trying to think of something to make as something fun for an upcoming camping trip. One of Kari’s professors, who was basically leading the excursion, likes to make things for camping, and I wanted to participate. […]

Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes
Chiricahua National Monument Tintypes

In terms of quantity of photographs, my trip last week to Chiricahua National Monument and parts of Coronado National Forest was not particularly productive. What I lacked in quantity, though, I feel like I made up for in quality: I really love the way the rocks of the Chiricahuas look, rendered as a tintype. Wednesday, […]

Saguaro National Park, Part 2
Saguaro National Park, Part 2

This week I made another trip down to Saguaro National Park to spend the day making tintypes. As I did last time, I parked in a turnout and spent the entire day photographing within a 15-foot radius of the car. (And like last time, I had more to make photos of than time to do […]