Scarlett checks out Jonah's hammering techniques
Stay tuned for the next post, we have about 2 weeks to finish in time for our first show of the year; Gasparilla in Tampa, Florida
Elijah (Jonah's son)
occasionally helps out around the studio,
mostly helping with clean up and sanding pieces.
He has taught himself how to MIG weld and creates
some awesome and interesting projects.
My daughter, Scarlett, was fascinated by the helmet that E made....
She has requested he make one for her!
Most of our metal work pieces are formed on a large piece of very heavy equipment called a brake. We create metal canvases with folded edges. Mostly roofers and machine shops use this type of equipment. We found a great Craigslist deal on an 8 foot, 16 gauge metal brake from a guy retiring from roofing and construction. Drove about 3 hours north to Maryland to pick it up. It was fairly simple for Jonah and the retiring roofer to move the brake from his level concrete garage floor, up the trailer ramp using steel tubes underneath the wooden runner. But getting it into our studio in our backyard, across grass and mud and up two steps, well, that was a different story....
Luckily, we have a strong teenager, a good friend named Andy (we called him HeMan after this day) and our neighbor David (not pictured) to help engineer and leverage the brake into the studio. Things were progressing quite smoothly until...
The wooden runners that you see balanced on the step...they snapped. And the 1800 pound brake fell over.....
Luckily, no one was hurt. Well, except for the door frame. The brake was fine, it is solid steel. But more beer was definitely needed. After running to the auto parts store to buy a tow strap, and by using the corner of the building as a counter balance, they were able to leverage the brake back to upright and finally (whew!) get it into the studio. Its always interesting around here.