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torin3 and I were out in his Shop of Amazing Tools, doing fun metal things with the Macheens including grinding off what are affectionately called "birdshit" welds from some jobs that were supposed to be finished eons ago. Let's make a note in my permanent file that I am no longer allowed to weld, for I Suck At It. Now I make torin3 do all the welding, since he apparently possesses the totality of the welding juju between us, and I can live with that. His mileage may vary, but I don't actually know, because I pretend I can't hear him.

In the meantime, of course, there remains the Grinding of the Welds of Humiliation. Between the teeth-shattering whine (it's special!) of the die grinder, the turn-your-bones-to-jello rattle of the belt grinder, and the air compressor that's bigger than my last car, there's enough noise in that shop to wake up Helen Keller. We wear ear protection, of course (I've rigged mine to play Depeche Mode -- amazing what you can learn from snow boarders) and use sign language. However, we can't use normal ASL sign language, because we're also rigged up in respiratory gear and welding gloves. It's the equivalent of talking with your mouth full, LOL.

So we've kinda come up with some impromptu combination of Navy Seal sign language + dorks dressed like insects in welding gloves = Circus Seals who grind and weld but look like the Space Ants who've come to conquer your planet. Don't worry, we come in peace. But at least we understand each other.  And we're easily distracted by shiny objects and power tools...

So here's the thing. We're working on this horrid piece of crap weld from one of my two Cursed Coronet Projects (I have two which will not let me finish and deliver them. I hate them. They're fucking possessed. I'm not sure what will happen if and when I do conquer either of these goddamn jobs -- will world peace break out? Armageddon? I DO NOT KNOW. I MAY NEVER KNOW). And there is so much crap dirt being thrown from the sander onto the piece neither of us can see if we're making any progress on the thing.

So I, in my Space Ant suit and respirator, blow on it.

I've discovered now that's it's possible to make a surprisingly large range of recognizable facial expressions while completely covered in safety equipment.
This -- o_O -- for example.

torin3 reached over and used the air compressor hose to effectively blow the dirt off the piece. And his face mask didn't have snot on it as a result, either.



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May. 13th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
I am so glad I am out of thwapping range because this post made me laugh like a lunatic.
May. 13th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
This. (Plus 6% sales tax.)

Edited at 2009-05-13 05:26 am (UTC)
May. 13th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
I thought that Torin was still living on the East coast - did he move to Texas with you, or are you visiting back East?

Just curious, mind you.
May. 13th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
visiting for Sorcha's wedding. It's Apprenticefest, doncha know. :)
May. 13th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yep, still in PA. Pennsic is about a 5 hour drive for me.
May. 13th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
And how much time would it take to walk? ::g,d,rvvvvf::
May. 13th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Sanding and blowing
So, there I was in the ceramic shop, lightly sanding the mold lines off the inside of a chalice, so I puff at it. DUST EXPLOSION!! Call out the EPA!!

Come to think of it, I did the same thing when I was sanding the inside of a bowl that was still on the lathe....
May. 13th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
had a d'oh moment did we? I laugh and point. And then I'll get out of range because I may be in thwapping range.

How was the Met-run?
May. 14th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Odd, but I suppose in the end successful. We stuffed ourselves silly full of dim sum in Chinatown. That's museum-quality, right?

No, don't answer that.
May. 13th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
too funny, dork!
May. 14th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Noob-sauce...with cheese & crackers

Good thing I'd already swallowed my sip of tea or my monitor would have suffered.
May. 16th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, speaking of metal...do you do commissions?

I had a pair of nice brass cuff-bracelets from Crafty Celts that got lost (more likely stolen) in '05. Dan said he could make a replacement set; I sent him the measurements. Then he never answered his email again.

After placing a f#%$!-ton of requests among other metalworkers, still no one will commit to the job. I really miss 'em, they went with everything.

Rags wouldn't mind a pair in his size, either.
May. 17th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
The short answer is yes. I love you.

Long answer is long. Do you have pictures? That would help. I'm not sure I can replicate them; I have no earthly idea how long it will take (wedding, I'm having surgery this summer, I have two clients ahead of you who have now waited I think 5 years for their [expletive deleted] coronets from me -- due to illness, repeated moves, and surgeries -- yeah I know blah blah blah excuses death blah blah blah); I have no idea what it would cost but I promise not to gouge you, I just don't know -- brass has gone through the roof and all of us are screwed in the field, we've taken to doing more stainless coronets because suddenly brass is a frigging precious metal; my internal attorney goes on and on and won't shut up.

Assuming we can find some feasible design solution and timeframe, then hell yeah I'd be honored to do a set for you and for Rags. Jesus. I can't believe all the idiots who bowed out and left you standing there for me -- I'd have thought I'd have to fight them to get to you. Score!
May. 17th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
Do you have pictures?

They're in this icon (larger view here, in the two pictures with the red choli-top.)

A fairly no-frills model: just trapezoids of sheet brass, with the edges rolled back to form rims, then rolled into a pair of cylinders. Simple to the point where Dan doesn't make them anymore, he only does the expensive fancy stuff.

Actually, ;) were you to start churning them out en masse, I *swear* people will buy them. The dance crowd AND the various barbarian crowds. They really do go with everything — stainless models would allow coordination with one's silver bling, too!
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