Wow. What an August we had here. The Museum opening was a blast, and thankfully the roof was dry, which is more than I can say about some of the Drivel Starved Nation who attended… I think everybody had a good time, I know I did – over 300 participated. (I proffer this in case you were wondering why this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog has been sitting fallow since late July, now you know.) The museum staff did a great job on the installation and if you are looking for a fun reason to visit Portland the exhibition runs through the first week of February, 2014. Next stop is Colorado I am told.
On Friday evening we fed 91 of the Drivel Starved Nation at our house and starved they were. The evening was magical and if I have any observational skills at all, Consuelo should run for president. All night long, DSN after DSN wanted to know who was Consuelo and where she was.
This week Michael and I are participating in the second Portland Maker Faire in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Remember that crazy kenetic sculpture video we made years ago where the ball bearings were bounding around on squiggle wood? We are going to make a real life squiggle wood installation at the Museum over the following two weeks. They are expecting over 20,000 attendees so I think we will find plenty of volunteers to make squiggle wood. If Maker Faire ever comes to your city, grab some video game addicted youth and show them the real world. There I said it.
Here is a bit of trivia for you. For the past 5-6 years we have been having fun with color in our tools. One such color we have been working on is “champagne” and we have an anodizing house here in the Portland metro area that does this color for us. Apple just announced an iPhone with this exact same color – they call it “gold”.
Coincidence? Maybe not. The lead guy at our anodizing house was hired by Apple several months ago…
I was recently forced to become acquainted with this syndrome; Dupuytren’s Contracture. Just like the arthritis in both of my index fingers, it is more of an annoyance than anything else, but a couple of months ago, I experienced some negative feedback (pain) in my hand from our HP-6 Mini Multi Plane. That won’t happen again…
We will soon open pre-orders for the HP-6 FX plane body and our new 1/8″ tongue iron/sole kit. This body is 100% backward compatible with every profile we have produced and I will never again have to wince when using this amazing little plane (the sole is only 5-1/2″ in length). Here are a couple of pics;
I like the following image, which is an over exposed image of the HP-6 FX SE, the limited edition in stainless steel. The reason I like it is that all the lines of the tool are clear. These are the little details that I like to spend my time on.
We are about a week away from the announcement. I can tell you this, the plastic ergonomic model we 3D printed here – after 12 or so permutations – fits the hand unlike it’s predecessor which is now formally and forever discontinued. Yup. It is that much better.
Lastly, a big thank you for all who made the trek to Portland for the opening of the exhibition. It was one of the greatest three days of my life. (Running from the cops in Florida and parts of Georgia in 1977 were the greatest four days of my life. FYI) And if you believe that click below.
PS: We just opened the pre-order window for the Jointmaker Pro and Precision Fence System and if you haven’t heard, we have held the price on this tool since 2008. Next year it will change to reflect the rising costs of metal in the USA. If you have been on the fence, now is the time. Also, I am teaching two JMP classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in 2014, the weeks of May 5 and 12. One will be a duplicate of the “Fog of War” class this year with some twists, and the other is a new project that I am not done with yet. If you are interested in one or both, drop me an email and I can reserve a spot for you – I have connections.