About Me

I started fabricating things out of metal when I was very young. My dad raced stock cars and swamp buggies and I got my start welding at age 13 while learning about motors and racing. By 13 I was also racing stock cars. Over the years I built and raced stock cars, swamp buggies and mud boggers. I have made many things for myself and others such as utility trailers, bridges, and sculptures. I worked as a welder for only 1 year of my career making car hauler trailers. For most of my career I was a plasterer in Florida. After moving to upstate NY I worked in a variety of jobs in the construction field. I have only started exploring the artistic side of metal fabrication during the past five years. We started the metal business in 2006 to take my career in a different direction. It will take a while, but my plan is to fill this blog with pictures of many of the things I have built over the years. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my unique creations. My wife is actually writing this blog for me but she is presenting it from my standpoint with the information I give her. I am more skilled with a welder than a computer.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Paper Brick Maker

I made this metal mold to make recycled paper bricks that can be dried and used in fires.  The piece in the bottom of the mold has holes in it to push water out as the top piece is pushed down on the mixture of water and newspapers/paper. Magazine paper or any paper with coatings can not be used because of the toxic fumes they may give off when burned.  The paper is torn into small pieces and put into a bucket with water and a little bleach to help the breakdown process along.  After a day or so of soaking, I mix up the paper with my hardcoat paddle (hardcoat is like drywall mud, but not really) to make it more of a pasty mixture.  I fill the form and use a press to help me compact the paper as tightly as possible.  I then take the top piece off and push the paper brick up from the bottom by flipping the form over and pushing out the bottom piece.  The brick then needs to dry completely for about three months.  I love the idea of recycling things into something useful.  These may be more useful if I had a fireplace, but we do a lot of campfires in our yard and these will help our firewood last longer.  I have heard different reports of how long and strong they burn, but even if they don't burn for long, I am recycling and will get to enjoy them in my fires.

1 comment:

  1. Ed! What a great creation! I'm a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and I am still working closely with a project in Guinea, West Africa regarding upcycling. One thing we wanted to do is repurpose paper waste into briquettes for women to make, use and sell. Would you be willing to share this pattern for welders to copy over in Guinea? Thanks for sharing all your creations! Shane