Friday, June 27, 2008

Birk BBQ

A few weeks ago I put up a post about casting aluminum with Birk. Well, he fired up the furnace once again, but for a totally different purpose. Birk heard that one of my 5 year old sons "fun" ideas for summer was to have the whole family visit Birk. Sounds fun to me. So, Birk thought he would invite us over for a little BBQ. He told Max, my son, that he could cook them on the furnace. Max was thrilled and said we could cast stuff and cook hot dogs at the same time. Here are some photos of the fun. The forge was a little hot at first. The dogs were cooking fast-- almost like putting them into a jet engine, but he dialed back the heat and it worked great. If you're looking for a new use for your furnace, I highly recomend it. Maybe next time we'll do rotisserie chicken on the lathe.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fathers Day

Here it is Father's Day again. Perhaps You would like to see a picture of my Father's Day Fishing Pole?

It was stuck on the side of the barn, and before long a flying fish got hooked. Now that might sound like a "fish story" but here is a picture to prove it!

All you fathers and prospective fathers have a good Father's Day, OK.

Day of casting

One of my nephews and my kids and I got to visit Birk the other day and he showed us the ropes of casting aluminum. It was a great afternoon. Here are some photos and video of the day.

Thanks Birk!!

You can also see the final results of one of the castings here:

Out of work

Yesterday I completed an automaton of a little shoemaker, so now I'm out of work AGAIN! That is the hard part of life, thinking up something new to do.

The helical cam that moves the arms and head back and forth, was machined using my homemade helical attachment.

Here he is in action.