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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Homemade Compost Trommel

We make our own compost and Ed built this so that we can sift the dirt down to a good size for starting seeds and using on the garden.  We have a large pile and it is never all ready at once, so we will sift it and let the rest continue to decompose.  The way he built this trommel/sifter is so you can shovel the dirt in the higher end, the drill press motor rotates the 1/4 inch screen sifter which is on roller blade wheels for good spinning because it has bearings.  The dirt will sift through into a wheelbarrow that will be placed under the screen to catch the dirt.  The larger pieces will continue down the chute and back into a pile to continue.  It is similar to the idea that gold prospectors use to classify their material.

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