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TechShop, a eulogy
TechShop, a eulogy

I moved to the Phoenix valley in the fall of 2015, and went to TechShop because a relative said they thought they heard I might be able to learn how to weld there. Maybe they had a woodshop I could use, not sure. I walked in the door and was immediately greeted by friendly people […]

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 […]

Custom ground glass covers
Custom ground glass covers

I am now making and selling custom ground glass protective covers for large format cameras! I have a few different options to start with, as well as some fun customization possibilities. Basic Design The covers are designed to slide over and protect both sides of the ground glass. I can make them to exact sizes […]

Ground glass protective cover
Ground glass protective cover

Now that my 8×10 camera is getting heavy usage (Kari is out in the field with it as I type) I have been working on either repairing pinholes, making parts so it can be used (such as these new lensboards) or making things to protect it. The latest product: a custom ground glass protective cover. […]

New lens boards for the big cameras
New lens boards for the big cameras

I’ve had my Arca-Swiss 4×5 view camera for several years now, and more recently bought an 8×10 camera from my friend / mentor / boss Brenton Hamilton. It didn’t come with any lens boards, though, and rather than buying them off eBay or having somebody else make them, I decided to use my new skills […]

Portable Darkroom Version 2
Portable Darkroom Version 2

Within a few months of learning how to make tintypes in the Haas Lab (thanks, as always, to Kari Wehrs and Brenton Hamilton) I enjoyed some quality father-son time making a darkbox in the woodshop where Dad lived. It is a very sturdy (i.e., too heavy and large) box, and, worse, the shroud that I […]

DIY Soles for my Birks
DIY Soles for my Birks

For the longest time back in college, whenever a pair of my Birkenstocks wore out (and I mean, nothing between my big toe and the pavement) I’d just hang ’em on a nail (through said toe hole, much to mom’s dismay) and eventually throw them out. Seems I could always find a pair somewhere (in […]

More than one way to create with light
More than one way to create with light

While not strictly photography, per se, I have nevertheless been busy lately making things with light, just light of a different kind. One of the many very cool things at TechShop, the shared workspace I found after moving to Tempe, are the laser cutting machines. Probably not coincidentally, the lasers are the first thing one […]