A trip to the Boeing Museum of Flight After seeing the movie about Amelia Earhart and a book report project for our granddaughter we had a perfect opportunity to visit the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle. If you are not from the area and sho...
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Location: Camano Island, Washington (the State)
I taught High School Woodworking, CAD and Principles of Technology (Applied Engineering) for 25 years. Now I can enjoy building small boats and furniture in my shop. Interesting how the public education system wanted all of us Vocational, Craft and Trade people to go away because "Jonnie" had to go to college and needed to pass the mandatory state tests to graduate. Now industry is screaming for help because of the dwindling supply of Craftsmen, Tradesmen and Technicians (gender not exclusive). "We'll just out ~ source it". Hummm why is the economy hurting?If you are looking for a good read on it try "Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford"; here's an excerpt http://www.theweek.com/article/index/97867/The_last_word_The_philosopher_with_a_wrench
My project pics are at http://picasaweb.google.com/Islandwoodworker
Update: Since back in the spring of 2008; I've been embarked on a second career at a note worthy large manufacturing firm. You might have heard of it: based in Puget Sound Washington, has the largest building in the world by volume, and makes a product fit for a President to fly in. It is a fascinating endeavor to watch shiny aluminum rolled into tubes and fitted with millions of parts and fasteners that turn it into an airplane. Craftsmanship at the highest level; every component is checked numerous times to be held to the highest standard of excellence. Each person is a proud and conscientious tiny cog in this immense gear of production, seemingly insignificant but tremendously important, as the final product can be flawed by tiny imperfections.
Update: Now retired, I can spend as much or as little in my shop as I like. My first order of business will be getting it organized and arranged for efficiency when building projects. Currently I am building a 16 foot long workbench ~ more like a planking bench and hope to do another small boat in the near future. Gee I got tired of working off that old fold up table and clamping stuff to it. Soon I'll have a proper vice (2 actually) and a solid surface.
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For those of you not familiar with this area; we are just now opening the roads into the backcountry due to the remaining snow as well as avalanche danger. Sunday May 18th, we decided it was time to ‘venture into the backcountry for a bit of...
May 14, 2008 ~ Happy Birthday Samantha This is one of my favorite days of the year; the day my grandaughter Samantha was born. It seems like yesterday but it was really 10 years ago. Of course the other favorite day is Emily’s B-d...
If you need a simple self closing drawer here’s what I did and it works very well. We have earthquakes in the North West on occasion: hopefully just little shakers and the more often the better so they aren’t real big ones. When we com...
April 16, 2008 I was looking in a magazine at some jigs different guys had built and I marvel at how clean their shops are and how pristine the jigs are: all that new wood and finish. Can’t say mine are anything like that ~ almost alway...