Time for a beer!

Well the pub sign is finally done! We’ll be bringing it to Maker Faire this year but it’s final home will be above our kegerator beside the bar.

We cut the sign on our big CNC from scraps of HDU (High Density Urethane) kindly given to us by Dan Sawatsky of Imagination Corporation. Dan is pretty much the world’s greatest sign maker and a huge inspiration.

Phew! I think it’s time for a beer.


Pub Sign

Spring is here, the sun is shining and I’m working in the shop! Life is good.
We’re starting to gear up for Vancouver Maker Faire 2012. First project to finish off – the Fox and Raven pub sign! This one has been sitting on my work bench for far too long.
I finally started the painting this week. Here’s the progress so far:

Fox and Raven sign progress

You may notice a sign making beginners mistake (I’ve made several) painting before gluing on the letters. I thought it would be easier to paint this way but now I’m wondering how the hell I’ll get the letters to stick.


I’ve been hanging around in the Fur section of Dressew a lot lately. Dressew is the best fabric store in Vancouver. It’s huge! They also have the largest selection of fur fabric anywhere in the lower mainland, which attracts a certain…clientelle.
Before you ask, I wasn’t buying any to wear! I’ve started on a few new projects which require vast quanities. The first is Oleg the Yeti:
Oleg the Yeti in progress
He’ll stand about 30″ tall.
I’m making a Sasquatch next!

We cut out the fox and raven parts of the pub sign today on the CNC, so I’ll be carving that soon hopefully.
Also, we’ve almost finished the clock – just need to cut out the 3 engraved brass circles and secure the clock part in place.

New Projects!

Below are a couple images of the upcoming projects we are cutting this weekend on the CNC!
In other news….Derek has emerged from the basement!
The good news? The 3D printer is printing! Yay! The not so good news is that it is only printing grotesquely malformed lumps of orange plastic.
Other than a working 3D printer, there is only one thing that could have caused Derek to leave the basement….BEER.
And lots of it.
We ordered a keg from http://www.uneedabottle.ca/ of Lagunitas IPA from the States.
Being in Canada, Americans would think, by our reputation as fine ale connoisseurs, that good beer would be fairly easy to come by. Not so my American friends. The Canadian government has put all sorts of silly rules in place which means we have a cruelly limited selection (Molson, Budweiser and our foreign import…..steady your nerves…Corona *gasp* and maybe a few other local brands elbowing their way in for a brief spell of glory on the shelf.
I weep openly every time I walk into our government controlled liquor store – which we have to hike 60 miles through the frozen tundra to get to – and don’t talk to me about our grocery stores where the only alcohol you’ll find is in the mouthwash aisle.
Anyway, I digress, so we have struggled with these government workers, pleading, cajoling, begging for them to help us bring in some US import beer.
Incase you are an infant in your mother’s womb, or in a religious cult which forbids all pleasures or simply sadly deprived and unaware, the US currently makes the best beer in the world.
It is a crime against mankind that we don’t get more of it, seeing as we are two countries divided only by an invisible barrier, most definitely permeable by liquid of the acoholic sort.
Derek and I have fought valiantly, travelling far and wide and we finally found our break when Ali at the BC liquor Distribution Branch pointed us in the direction of uneedabottle.ca. (Thank you Ali)
Sadly we were not able to get our first choice which, of course, was of the Dogfishhead variety – http://www.dogfish.com/ – makers of the finest ales in the world, probably ever created in the history of mankind. However Brad at uneedabottle was able to procure an IPA from Lagunitas, a very fine ale indeed. The catch….it only comes in 60 litre kegs. Roll that around for a minute….sssssixxxxty litres. Think about how much beer that is. We need drinking friends, and we need them now. Any brave souls who would like to volunteer for this worthy charge, step boldly forward now. ..(Stagger backward later).
A side story to this is how Dogfish head Brewery in Delaware, overwhelmed by their recent surge in popularity, thought it would be a good idea to just not deliver to the folks out west. Thought we wouldn’t notice. That we didn’t count. I would like Sam to know that he should prepare to receive a nasty letter from me this week about how much Dogfishhead means to us and how we fought a grizzly, two polar bears, forded a river, killed a moose and lost 3 fingers due to frostbite to pick up our last 6 pack of 90 minute. Now I ask, what have your East coasters done for you lately?