Life is cruel and in recent months I have found myself having to “adult” more than I am comfortable with. I am having to convince myself that maintenance / restoration / improvement projects on my 115 year old house count as making.
I made a new cellar door to replace the one before it which rotted which replaced the one before that which also rotted. This one is so freakin’ weather treated it may still be there when archaeologists discover the ruins of my house
I am making one of my side doors ready for the next 115 years of its life. Here it is primed, ready for molding to be installed and then painted.
I am making the other side door ready for another 115 years
I am making money at work so I can pay the people who tuck pointed my stone foundation. I started doing this work myself and then decided that this is precisely why I have a job, so I can pay other people to do this work. Note the decimated concrete sidewalk. Guess who needs to keep his job so he doesn’t have to do that work either?
I saved my front porch from collapsing into the ground (which is the sad fate of waaay too many porches in Northside). Still remaining is to restore the bases of the columns and install cast aluminum plinths under them to allow the columns to breathe and not rot.
The cast aluminum plinths:
I made my lawn mower unnecessary
Before winter I will be making a quilted tapestry to hang on the wall behind the bed. The wall is masonry and gets reeeeally chilly in the dead of winter. I am hoping to make this an art project to scratch my creativity itch.
I have an empty space on my wall of guitars. Actually this is a lie, I have plenty to fill up this space. But as the saying goes
Q: What is the correct number of guitars to own?
I am working very slowly towards making a faithful reproduction of the guitar used by Alex Lifeson of Rush on my favorite albums of theirs. Shown here is someone else’s reproduction, not mine. I expect to tie into this this coming winter.
I HOPE to stick my toes into some cosplay but I am disinterested in cartoon characters and stuff. So I would like to recreate some iconic rock star costumes starting with this one.
Another one would be John Lennon’s winter outfit and cape from the movie HELP! I once saw this cape on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wish I had taken photos because it is super hard to find detailed images.
Before the great laser fire of 2019 I was working on recreating Joy Divisions iconic album cover art as a wall hanging. This was a prototype.
I will probably be involved in making the big laser cutter make stuff again: