A little lesson in woodworking.

[OBVIOUS]It’s been a long time since I’ve made a post[/OBVIOUS] But I do have some­thing of note that I should point out. You all know that I show the good, the bad and the ugly on my blog. This is the best way I’ve found that can doc­u­ment progress for myself and teach oth­ers in the process.

I’ve been work­ing on mak­ing a batch of press­ing bucks, and I learned some­thing valu­able. Don’t use pine. Too soft of a wood, too much stress for the weight, and I could only imag­ine what might’ve hap­pened once I sold this piece to the cus­tomer it was intended for. I want things to last for years, and this didn’t even last through­out the mak­ing process.


I hope it’s plain to see what hap­pened. My friend was press­ing down on the piece while I was dri­ving nails into the pedestal to tack down the cover, and the wood was too soft, so a crack formed right through a weak point, caus­ing the fibers to snap the base right in half. On my first buck I used poplar and had no prob­lems, so that’s what I’m going to switch back to. So yeah, quick note amidst my hor­ri­bly busy mun­dane work sched­ule. The good news is, I’ve been catch­ing up on a lot of debts I have to peo­ple, and being out of debt is the best thing for the future as I catch up and re-stabilize myself. It’s just tak­ing a lot of time.

The Floorplan.


t’s been a while since I’ve updated, and for good rea­son. I’m work­ing my ver­i­ta­ble butt off. I don’t think I’ve men­tioned this until now (because once again, I’ve been busy!) but the Brass & Mor­tar head­quar­ters has suc­cess­fully moved into a more suit­able loca­tion! The offi­cials at The River­side Artist Lofts were kind enough to allow access to become one of its inhab­i­tants. This means that we now have 1220 ample square feet to work, play, eat and sleep, with plenty of nat­ural light­ing and con­sis­tent dry ventilation!


At the moment, the place looks a bit deranged what with all the con­struc­tion going on. Tables are being acquired and refin­ished, retro­fit­ted to capa­bly han­dle the weight of humans, etc. As men­tioned before, Lola, our new stitch­ing asso­ciate will be help­ing with some of the machine work. Fig­ur­ing out where the place­ment of all these nec­es­sary items would nor­mally be a chore, how­ever, my asso­ciates and I have devised a pre­lim­i­nary work­ing schematic of how new work­shop will be arranged. This was actu­ally made in advance to give the selec­tion com­mit­tee a good idea of what the space would be used for.


As you can see, there’s a tremen­dous amount of work ahead of us! Things have already started to shift from the orig­i­nal plan, but that’s only to be expected. Once the var­i­ous pieces of fur­ni­ture and tools are acquired and made, the floor-plan will change along with it, to be sure! The major­ity of time is cur­rently con­cen­trated on the gen­er­a­tion of needed funds to ful­fill the exten­sive wish­list! This is both unfor­tu­nate but nec­es­sary, as it means much time is being taken away from progress of actual gar­ments, how­ever it’s direly required for the future of the workshop.

Stream is back up!

Start­ing up the stream for the first time in almost a year! Almost for­got my user­name for UStream.. Wow. o_o;

Enter: Lola

 Meet Lola! 


She’s a 1950 Singer 201–2 model sewing machine (Ser­ial # AJ-450.417) that I just pur­chased from a nice fam­ily at a local yard sale!

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After a stun­ning eight months of down­time, I’m proud to announce that the Brass & Mor­tar site is back up! There will def­i­nitely be some clean-up involved in this tran­si­tion to a new host, but once every­thing is resolved, there will be some major updates to inform you about regard­ing the busi­ness, the work­shop, and more!


 Stay Tuned. 
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