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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

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 ...
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 ...
Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

As soon as Kari and I first made a quick loop through Saguaro National Park a few months ago I knew I could spend a lot of time there making tintype photographs of the many ...
Lake Valley – Ghost Town

Lake Valley – Ghost Town

One of my reasons for driving at least 4000 miles to Ohio and back over the holidays (the trip ended up just over 6000 miles in total) was to be able to take my tintype ...
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