Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The Bottle Tree Man, BottleTree.com , Bottle Tree Images.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I made the dinosaur in 2008. We call him Rex. He is about 10 feet tall. He has made a home in our back yard area. He lived alone for a year and then I made a small caveman to keep him company. We call him Cavey. They are both made mostly from chain. I did not paint them. They are getting a natural rust finish. Last Halloween, my son put a plastic bone in Rex's mouth and we left it there. Cavey is holding a rock in one hand and a large stick in the other to fight off Rex if he should get tired of his bone!
I made Bob in 2006. He stands guard outside my main shop. He is about 7 feet tall had is holding a pistol in each hand. I cut the pistols with my CNC table. Bob is made mostly from chain that I found. Other scrap metal was also used. No matter what the weather, Bob is always smiling!
I made this windmill in 2008. The first picture shows my first phase with the windmill at about 6 feet tall. After a while I decided it needed to be taller so I added 4 feet to the height. We use it for yard decoration and to decide if it's too windy for our outdoor fires at our campfire area.
Friday, February 19, 2010
This started out as a lawnmower we bought in 1997 when we lived in Florida. We brought it to NY with us and used it for a couple of years here. After I had a problem finding replacement parts for the rear pulley, I took the original motor from it and put it in another mower that I now use. I took the body of this old mower and made a "buggy" for my 15 year old son. Now we can ride on our modified mowers together out in the pastures and down by the pond.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I built this woodstove in 2005 when I was building my new shop. I didn't have a furnace in it yet to keep it warm while I did the drywall and painting. I made a place for it to exhaust out of one of the windows by using a cut out piece of tin. I made the stove out of flat steel. I had to buy a kit that had the door and the collar that goes around the base of the smokestack. It worked well. Now I have an oil furnace in my shop and I wish I had a place to use the stove now.
This post is showing two different things. I decided today that it was time to try out my recycled paper bricks that I made with my brick maker. I had made a portable fire ring out of an old water heater and some scraps of steel. I have a grate in the bottom of it, raised about two inches for air circulation space. This is our winter fire pit since our summer area is closed up for the winter. The brick seemed to work well. It did not burn too quickly like paper. It burned slowly and acted like a piece of wood in the fire. I think that it works best when used along with wood, but it did well for the first try!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saratoga Race Track. I made these one of a kind wall hangings to bring to a craft fair we were doing in Saratoga. We sold the top one to a local resident. We still have the bottom one.