Journal Entries

The Alabama Hills and Death Valley

The Alabama Hills and Death Valley

Last April I made a road trip to Los Angeles that theoretically included a stop in Death Valley. While the trip overall was great, the Death Valley portion didn’t go so well, and I wasn’t ...
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 ...
Tintype license plate

Tintype license plate

When I recently had to renew my license plate I decided to have some fun with it. This weekend I finally made a fitting photo to share. For those not in the know: tintype images ...
Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 3)

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 3)

Wait a sec…”Part 3″? I thought the last Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 was “Part 1”?! Well, two answers. First, the original plan, back in July, was to start around Mexican Hat and work my ...
Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook

Excursion to the Toroweap Overlook

The plan for my big summer road trip was to end up at the Toroweap Overlook on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. That trip was interrupted, though, before I could make it back ...
Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt

Solar Eclipse of 2017, a Tintype Attempt

For various reasons I wasn’t planning on doing anything particularly special for the eclipse. I’d watch it myself, then get online and enjoy nice photos from other people. I definitely didn’t have the urge to ...
Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)

Great Tintype Adventure of 2017 (Part 1)

I have made several trips through southwest Utah in the past year, each time taking my little (and low-slung) Ford Focus further down dirt roads than I should, each time asking the guy changing my ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...