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You'd be pretty hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't like the ease and carefree lounging of an Adirondack chair. This is one piece of Americana that is all ours. These chairs have been interpreted many, many different ways over the years, but there's nothing wrong with a straight-up original. I put together this, and one more this week; both fashioned out of western red cedar.

Interested? Shoot me an email - heartwelds@gmail.com

Update- These are unfinished right now. I'd planned on just applying a coat of Thompson's Water Sealer to preserve the natural cedar look. When I ask if anyone is interested, I'm saying they're "for sale." $450 for the pair with local delivery only. Sorry, no shipping.


Cupola - "fixed"...

Some light massaging was done to the cupola today. The top ring was taken of and straightened. All of the gussets attaching the top cone to the larger conical structure were cleaned of the J.B. Weld somebody had used to try and affix them prior. Those were then tack-welded back in place, albeit one less. So, instead of the four-winds-of-heaven, there's now only three. At the request of the owner, none of the bullet holes were repaired. Dents to the top cone in addition to a large dent in the bottom portion, were pounded out.

View the before pics a few posts below.


Lil' Hutch's sporty

Well, I tried to talk him out of it (three times!), but he didn't listen. After riding a rigid frame for a few years myself, I don't know why anybody would willingly want to trade down from a swingarm, to...well...nothing. It makes my spine and kidneys hurt thinking about it. But, to each his own...

The frame is a stock '81 Sportster. The rigid section is from Led Sled Customs in Dayton, Ohio. The fabrication of their products is stout; looks like 11 ga. tube and nice tig-welded joints. After taking some time to measure, re-measure and eye down both pieces, it was time to take the cut-off wheel to the frame. I'll be damned if everything came pretty damn close right off the bat. So good, that I should have ground the bevels on the frame cuts and drilled the holes for the plug-welds before fitting the thing.

Tig torch comes out next. Zap....Zap...Zap...

Plant aperture

Small afternoon project. A client wanted this cast piece to stand on its own and suspend a small plant. I had some leftover castings from some old ornaments that lent themselves as supports. A little measuring, some cutting, welding and...done.


Kooker Residence - cutting board

Custom made 21 1/2" x 21 1/2" maple cutting board with walnut accented "racing stripes*." This board is non-reversible, meaning only one side is designed for cutting. The bottom includes leveling feet per Mrs. Kooker's request. This was made so she could level the board, as her counter and stove-top are different heights. The board is designed to straddle her counter and stove. Each end has a set of feet so the board can be used on a full counter if desired.

Thanks Vicki!

*Racing stripes have yet to confirm whether or not chopping is any faster. Individual results will vary.


Captain Cupola...

...to the rescue!

Well, I doubt she'll be a full-functioning apparatus again, but I'm gonna do a little massaging to it in the next week. A little hammer and dolly to the tin will do her well...not to mention getting rid of the J.B. Weld that was supporting the tin cap on top. The base for this cupola didn't make the cut - just a little too far gone with rusted-out tin to be salvaged.

Thanks, Laura!


Skull cutting board - Mr. Bourdain

Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting a culinary figure I have a lot of respect and admiration for...Anthony Bourdain. After a pleasant and entertaining evening of oratory onstage, we were able to meet Mr. Bourdain for a brief period to have him sign some books and one of my Cochon cutting boards; personalized "For Boonie and Bethany." He was very humble and accepted the above gift I fashioned for him this week. It's a butcher block construction of his chef's skull/"Cook Free Or Die" logo. The darkened areas were wood-burned and a magnet was inlaid under the mouth to hold a knife. I told him he was welcome to it if he'd use it and that I wouldn't be offended if he didn't accept it. He dug it, and said it was "small enough that it would fit in his luggage." Cool.

Thanks go to D. Boone and Patti for the sweet b-day present. Thanks also go out to Dr. Bill McCallum and Kevin Dennis with Ames Lab at I.S.U. for the uber strong magnet.