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Backlit LED Sign

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Jimmy Diresta's maker hangout | Vlog 1

What a great experience!
Special thanks to Jimmy & Taylor for accommodating everyone! ....more below

I'm also curious what you would all think of me putting out the occasional vlog, I'm thinking maybe once every month or so.... Is my life interesting enough? Let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4716013

Attendees:
Jimmy Diresta - https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydir...

Taylor Forrest - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClBK...

Giaco Whatever - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYH-...

Laura Kampf - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRix...

Paul Jackman - https://www.youtube.com/user/JackmanC...

Tim Sway - https://www.youtube.com/user/timsway

Vance Maker - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu12...

Paul Meyette - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-bR...

Brett Mcafee - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPqU...

Andy Birkey - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzYy...

Keith Decent - https://www.youtube.com/user/Protojones

Chris Cute - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpip...

Graz Makes- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3L...

NIck Ryan - https://www.youtube.com/user/WCG

RhodyJeff - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClO7...
 

Designer Spotlight #6: Philippe Starck

Philippe Stark (1949-Present)

Philippe Starck is another one of my favorite designers--of course he is--this is my blog so naturally I'm going to write about my favorite designers. Anyway Philippe was born in France, and started his own industrial design company. His work later diversified to include everything from toothbrushes to motorcycles, Starck was even hired by Steve Jobs to design his 100 million euro Yacht (The Venus). Recently Philippe has been contracted to design and renovate several upscale hotels around the globe.

Philippe also hosted a pretty interesting TED talk recently where he discussed much of his design philosophy including his concept of "Democratic design"; the idea that well designed items should not only be attainable for the super elite.

In terms of trying to categorize the work of Philippe Starck, I think Modern would be the best fit. One of the things that attracts me to the work of Philippe Starck is his tendency to create conversation pieces--his work always seems to have a unique way of grabbing your attention. 

Designer spotlight #5: Tapio Wirkkala | Blog

Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985)

First off, you can tell this guy is awesome just by looking at him--he reminds me of a Finnish Ron Swanson. 

Anyway, on to the man himself. As most of the information pertaining to Tapio is in Finnish it was a bit difficult to find some particular details, but it seems that much of his initial success was in his glasswares--the discipline to which he is still most associated. Yet, what I find most fascinating about the man was his diversity; he had his hands in nearly everything: glass, furniture, porcelain, metal, plastics, graphics, sculpture, art, city planning,  and probably anything else you can imagine--including axes?!

According to iittala.com Wirkkala was "recluse by nature":


His favorite place was a spot so remote within the deep woodlands of middle Finland that helicopters delivered prototypes to his hut since no car could reach him. It was in nature that he found his much loved solitude and the inspiration for forms that industry could produce or artwork could create.

(Remember the Ron Swanson reference earlier?)

On to some of the work I selected to highlight. It's not often I get to search for common design elements in everything from whiskey glasses, to tables and sculptural pieces, so this was definitely an interesting spotlight.

I would think it would be safest to classify Tapio Wirkkala as a modernist designer. Most of his pieces exhibit clean lines, geometric forms, and some semblance of minimalism.

Sources:
Google Images - Tapio Wirkkala
Wikipedia
www.iittala.com

The Ultimate Anvil Stand | DIY

I finally decided it was time to build an proper anvil stand. Unfortunately i've come to find out that most floors/surfaces are not truly level. By going with 3 legs you can eliminate wobbling. I splayed the legs at 10 degree angles. This was a very fun build, that only took about a day and a half.

Tools & products used:
General tools digital bevel guage
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Porter Cable drill press
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Bessey Auto adjust toggle clamp
Sculpt Nouveau Cleaner & Degreaser
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Lacuqer clear coat
Generic propane torch/weed burner
Boiled Linseed Oil

Tracklist:
1. Jahzzar Jardins du Luxembourg
2. Cullah Comfort To You

Updates, announcements and 30K Giveaway Winners!

Alright, What I originally set out to be a 10k subscribers giveaway turned out to be a 30K giveaway. I've got some incredible products to giveaway to you all!

Products:

General Finishes

    (1) Medium Brown Dye Stain

    (1) Candlelight Gel Stain

    (1) Antique Walnut Gel stain

    (4) High Performance Top Coat

Dewalt
    (1) Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder

Empire Abrasives

    (10) Variety packs including 5 cutting discs, 5 flap discs, and 1
          grinding disc.

          10% discount code is ZHFAB

Sculpt Nouveau

    (4) Packages containing Black Magic,  Metal Cleaner Degreaser,
          Metal oil, Matte Clear guard.

          Freebie comment code=ZH Fabrications

MicroJig

    (1) GR-200 Grr-ripper

    (1) Grr-rip block

Track List:
1. La_Barca_de_Sua_-_03_-_Ni_Pensarte
2. Juanitos_-_06_-_Bailando_Boogaloo
3. Jahzzar_-_07_-_sketch_sos

Enter the big 30K subscriber giveaway, 24 winners!

Alright, What I originally set out to be a 10k subscribers giveaway turned out to be a 30K giveaway. I've got some incredible products to giveaway to you all!

Products:

General Finishes

    (1) Medium Brown Dye Stain

    (1) Candlelight Gel Stain

    (1) Antique Walnut Gel stain

    (4) High Performance Top Coat

Dewalt
    (1) Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder

Empire Abrasives

    (10) Variety packs including 5 cutting discs, 5 flap discs, and 1
          grinding disc.

          10% discount code is ZHFAB

Sculpt Nouveau

    (4) Packages containing Black Magic,  Metal Cleaner Degreaser,
          Metal oil, Matte Clear guard.

          Freebie comment code=ZH Fabrications

MicroJig

    (1) GR-200 Grr-ripper

    (1) Grr-rip block

Track List:
1. La_Barca_de_Sua_-_03_-_Ni_Pensarte
2. Juanitos_-_06_-_Bailando_Boogaloo
3. Jahzzar_-_07_-_sketch_sos

Blacksmith rose giveaway & shop update

So much news! 

1. Preparing for a big giveaway featuring over $2,000 worth of product from DeWalt, Empire Abrasives, General Finishes, Micro Jig, and Sculpt Nouveau.
2. Starting a little preliminary giveaway of one blacksmith rose.
3. The Crafted Podcast
4. New YouTube channel - ZH Restoration
5. Patreon

Thanks!

Channel Pass #28

I was recently given the opportunity to shine the spot light on some of the smaller channels in the community. This is the goal of the Channel Pass: Highlight fellow makers, and hand the pass to one of them to do the same. I'm the 28th person to receive the pass.

Here is the direct link to the Channel Pass Playlist

And here is the link to the makers I selected:

Make Build Modify

Scott Turner

William Walker Co.

Crafting a podcast | Blog

I apologize for the bit of hiatus with the blog. I've had so many irons in the fire so to speak I've had to place it on the back burner.

So whats new? Quite a bit, primarily I'm co-hosting a new podcast entitled the "Crafted Podcast" along with Johnny from The Crafted Workshop and James Wright from Wood by right. The idea behind this podcast is to discuss a broad range of subjects as they relate to making and craftsmanship in general. Some of our future topics are to include, metal, leather, the creative process, transitioning into making for money, etc.

As of today we have recorded 3 episodes and released 2, and are already holding position in the top 10 hobby podcasts on iTunes! We live stream every Thursday at 8pm Eastern time, and we feature an interactive chat where you can ask questions and interact with us during the show.

Here is a link to the site: http://craftedpodcast.com/