I had an opportunity this past week to work with a small team for 3 days on the Disney lot in Burbank. This is the campus where Walt used to work (his office has been preserved there), and where many of the original animated and live action films ...
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Location: Los Angeles
I am a character rigger and animator for a video game company in Los Angeles. Since shortly after birth I have loved making things, and learning about creation processes and techniques more than anything else. I'm the kind of person who eats dinner while watching How It's Made, even if I've seen the episode 3 times before. I went to art school in FL to get into special effects in the movies, but by the time I was out, I realized it wasn't for me anymore (all computers now - few models and real explosions ;) Animation in games is a great place for me currently, as I work with a bunch of great people, and do pretty varied things, with lots of unique problem solving, which keeps me from getting bored. I use our 3D animation software at home, too, to prototype things I'll later machine, or make in the woodshop (CAD work, basically). The job also keeps me in new tools, books, and lately, lumber (ever priced ebony gaboon!?).
I've experimented/gotten lost in things like electronics, carpentry, wood turning, papercraft, origami, sewing, machining (have Sherline CNC mini mill and mini lathe), and am eager one of these days to finally start casting metal and welding. I also have all but one component (the expensive one) to start anodizing the aluminum things I make on the mill/lathe, after a polish in the vibratory tumbler. As with probably many on this site, and as you may already be able to tell, I'm a tool fiend. I simply can't stop buying new tools, and I'm wondering how there can possibly be so many that I still desperately need :)
I've always considered myself a woodworker, after much high-school [crappy] bookshelf building for my mom's gift shop (19 in all, IIRC), but it's only really been in the last 2 years that I've had a [rental] house, and have been able to start gathering tools in the garage, and trying all the things I've read about over the years, like resawing, and biscuit joints - everything from the typical stuff, to the more unusual.
I'm really excited to have found a place that's exactly what I've been looking for lately. My friends and coworkers are pretty much maxed out now on how much more they can hear about pelletizing sawdust to reclaim it as a fuel/heating source, or about my strong desire to build a small solar kiln in my backyard for drying my own resawn lumber. They're great folks, but I just can't keep doing this to them :) I think my enthusiasm will be far more well-received in here. I'm glad to have found you all.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator
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Well, this just shot to the top of my wishlist. I’ve for at least 6 years now been specifically wishing for a really accurate, really quiet way to cut wood in my house after hours, when I can’t run power tools due to neighbors close by...
Been awhile since I posted anything! How’s everyone been? Work keeps me busy all the time anymore, but I do love it. Unfortunately it’s a very long drive, about 45 minutes to an hour in the morning, crawling along LA’s 405 and 10...
You guys really liked my last blog post about the Jarvi Bench, which made me happy as it was my 200th. I thought I’d follow up with a simpler process video I recently found that also makes me quite happy. In this one, a man named Robin Wo...
A friend sent this to me, and it is simply a joy to watch. I didn’t even realize it was almost 16 minutes long! It’s a lot of fun, and for me, it had a lot of “Now what on earth is he doing here?” moments that were followed...