Thursday, November 22, 2007

My outside voice

That last post was kinda freaky, eh? It was very difficult to avoid laughing while taking the picture.

So tomorrow The Great Dickens Christmas Fair opens. Stop by and see us if you have a free day.

I'll see you there. Look for me in a bright green coat and black top hat.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Would you like milk in your coffee?

My bosom buddy Peggy found this for me at the thrift store. Yes, the nipple functions. Perhaps I'll take it to work, not.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's Beautiful

If I do say so myself.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Don't freak out

Two posts in the same week - WHO DIED!?!

I did the final glue up of the fair cart. It looks like this now. It's upside down. Tantalizing isn't it?

And just in case there was any doubt that I make a mess when I'm creating - this is the workbench AFTER I cleaned up.
Next are the final fiddling around parts and then I take it to Dickens Fair to show off.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


So I've been neglecting all of you dear reader(s) and building a project.
Here's all the bits so far...
Steering, not just for race cars anymore...
The all important user interface...
The new and more elegant post lock...
Remember the FairMobile III? Well I got it in my head to build the Mark IV. Our friends the Blackburn's decided that they needed a FairMobile so I am taking the opportunity to build a replacement for us that will address all of the limitations of the Mark III. I want this one to last forever, therefore the over-engineering is palpable. To wit:
  • The cart has an XMAS'Y color scheme - red and green
  • The steering is like a bike, a forked post that is mounted on ball bearings
  • The handle is so cool, well you'll just have to believe me on this one
  • The wheels have bearings for smooth sailing
  • The rear axle is moved back to control the pesky wheelies that the old cart would do on inclines
  • The post lock operates with one easy to turn handle instead of two thumb screw things
I'm having a lot of fun with all the metal work, though I really could use a full metalworking tool upgrade. If you are wondering what to get me for XMAS, a full machine shop would be great.

I'll post a "final" picture in a few days.