Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jasper's tank

A while back I received an e-mail from Jasper saying he had this really cool old gas tank from a honda mini-bike (or something like that) that he wanted to send me, for nothing.  The only catch was he wanted to see me do something cool with it someday, and send him a pic when I did.  Well, that tank is still sitting on my "to do" bench, but Jasper's new narrowed sporty tank just moved off the "done" bench.  Thanks Jasper, I hope you dig your new tank.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Clock face in the works

Silver soldered brass rings.  This brings me back to some of my smaller scale torch work.  Tedious, yet very fulfilling work you can get lost in.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Random pic

I have to walk by my shovelhead whenever entering or leaving my shop.  What a tease when it's 19 degrees out.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pimping myself

Keep your eye out for metal tech article(s) in upcoming issues of Iron Horse Magazine featuring my metalworking antics.  Sorry to anyone that will be exposed to my ugly mug in some of the step by step photos.  I tried to find someone more handsome, but it just wasn't in my budget.  I guess photos like the one above should help.

Sunday morning coffee...

... getting ready to walk with the wife and Wilbur in 20 degree windy, bitter f-ing cold weather.  Life is good.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I've always had an interest in lighting design and it's been a while since anything new has been produced in the studio.  The use of some bike building aesthetics made their way into this new design, making an effort to fuse two of my interests.  I'm not sure whether I'll get the lamp shell painted or not.  Opinions?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Not welding

While visiting my moms in FL, I always daydream of picking up a project that isn't completely rusted out. I want this Ranchero, but a new 4 wheel time taker will have to wait for a bit.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

WA 2009

Man, I'm looking forward to this years WA trip.  Snowboarding, skating, beers, coffee, and crashing hotel hot tubs to take care of the damage that occurs.  Strangely, standing on the roof of Matt G's carport drinking some PBR's is the moment that flashes into my mind most when I think of our past trips. 

Friday, January 9, 2009


A friend of mine had one of these made for me, really nice glass work.  Thanks Keith!  If you like handmade glass shift knobs, check out

Narrowed villain for sale

I'm building a tank for my friend TCP, so I figured while I wait for his cap/bung to come in I'd finish the original shell I was working on that was too long for his frame.  Widest point of this tank is 10", tunnel length is 20 1/8" (21" to the tip of the rear mounting tab), 2 3/4" front tunnel depth, and 1 5/8" rear tunnel depth.  It will fit a 1 3/4" diameter frame backbone comfortably.  Mounting is recessed front mount with strap and rubber isolators and a rear tab mount.  22mm fuel outlet on bottom left side, and a pop-up style gas cap.  Fuel capacity should be a little over 2 gallons.  Contact me for a price on this tank.

Joe's bars

Made up a set of bars from a drawing Joe brought out to the shop and I got to play with the new knurling wheels for my lathe... which is good.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Brendan's backyard ramp RIP

This may have been one of the last plywood skating surfaces I've rolled on.  I can remember the first time I skated it my friend John put his wheel through the tranny because it was only one layer at the time.  A lot of time was spent here skating with Brendan, Kevin, and the rest of the local crew.  It was always good times.  This was the ramp that was transferred indoors to The Mill/Factory.  We all went to UMASS Dartmouth together and were all art majors, go figure. Check out what Brendan Sowersby and Kevin Foley have been up to lately.

Friday, January 2, 2009

TCP's tank

This is the tank I'm modifying for my friend Terry's shovelhead project. The shell is almost done and I managed to salvage the original tank bottom I cut off the DNA villain "style" tank to save me some fabrication cost/time.  This tank will hold about 2 gallons of gogo juice and have a tunnel length of 17" counting the rear tab mount that has yet to be attached.  Check out that cool dent I put in the shell after I sewed her all up.  Awesome.  Oh, Wenatchee rules the wasteland.