Wednesday, June 29, 2011

more metals renovation

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More studio stuff

More studio stuff

maison champs-elysées by maison martin margiela from designboom on Vimeo.

french fashion house maison martin margiela was commissioned by hotel maison champs-elysées in paris
to reconceive the interior design of the building. the soon-to-be five-star estate (set to open in may 2011),
is located within the historic maison de centraliens in the heart of the city of lights and will feature 57 rooms, 5 junior suites, and 6 suites. the architecture of the structure at number 8, rue jean goujon, brings forth the essence of a french maison.

la maison champs-elysées aims to redefine what you might expect from a hotel and bring you a new lifestyle experience, designed with simplicity, yet full of abundant details.

read the full article on designboom!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

new dust skirt fro the CNC

I freaking love our new dust skirt for our shopbot. The skirt itself snaps on with a bunch of rare-earth magnets. Also the skirt itself is denser making the dust collector WAY more efficient. It is going to make changing the bits a lot easier. Instead of moving the head up 6 inches in the Z axis, I can just set the safe Z at 3" and then there is always room to unsnap the skirt. No more stupid thumb screw in the back. I had to alter the hose and how it hangs. I think I might even change it again and make a hinged gantry thing with a hole in it that gets anchored to the wall. We shall see.

New dust collection for cnc MAGNETS

New dust collection for cnc MAGNETS

New dust collection for cnc MAGNETS

New dust collection for cnc MAGNETS

New dust collection for cnc MAGNETS

Thursday, June 23, 2011

silver links

In between wedding plans and the studio reno I have been making some stuff. I swear.

silver link for neckpieces

silver link for neckpieces

silver link for neckpieces

silver link for neckpieces

silver link for neckpieces

silver link for neckpieces

silver link for neckpieces

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cool Hunting Video: RVS by V from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.

Vidal Erkohen is equal parts eyewear designer and collector. With a love for eyewear that has been nurtured since childhood, Erkohen has channeled this passion into RVS by V, a small-run eyewear line based in Istanbul focused on producing classic high-quality frames. In our latest video we talked to Vidal about the history and significance of eyewear, and the formation of RVS by V.

Friday, June 17, 2011

More tool room makeover

thanks Frankie

Skilled Labor
Mike Rowe’s Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Committee
on Commerce, Science and Transportation

May 11, 2011

Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Hutchison and members of this committee, my name is Mike Rowe, and I want to thank you all very much for the opportunity to testify before you today.

I’m here today because of my grandfather.

His name was Carl Knobel, and he made his living in Baltimore as a master electrician. He was also a plumber, a mechanic, a mason, and a carpenter. Everyone knew him as a jack-of-all-trades. I knew him as a magician.

For most of his life, my grandfather woke up clean and came home dirty. In between, he accomplished things that were nothing short of miraculous. Some days he might re-shingle a roof. Or rebuild a motor. Or maybe run electricity out to our barn. He helped build the church I went to as a kid, and the farmhouse my brothers and I grew up in. He could fix or build anything, but to my knowledge he never once read the directions. He just knew how stuff worked.

I remember one Saturday morning when I was 12. I flushed the toilet in the same way I always had. The toilet however, responded in a way that was completely out of character. There was a rumbling sound, followed by a distant gurgle. Then, everything that had gone down reappeared in a rather violent and spectacular fashion. Naturally, my grandfather was called in to investigate, and within the hour I was invited to join he and my dad in the front yard with picks and shovels. By lunch, the lawn was littered with fragments of old pipe and mounds of dirt. There was welding and pipe-fitting, blisters and laughter, and maybe some questionable language. By sunset we were completely filthy. But a new pipe was installed, the dirt was back in the hole, and our toilet was back on its best behavior. It was one of my favorite days ever.

Thirty years later in San Francisco when my toilet blew up again. This time, I didn’t participate in the repair process. I just called my landlord, left a check on the kitchen counter, and went to work. When I got home, the mess was cleaned up and the problem was solved. As for the actual plumber who did the work, I never even met him.

It occurred to me that I had become disconnected from a lot of things that used to fascinate me. I no longer thought about where my food came from, or how my electricity worked, or who fixed my pipes, or who made my clothes. There was no reason to. I had become less interested in how things got made, and more interested in how things got bought. At this point my grandfather was well into his 80s, and after a long visit with him one weekend, I decided to do a TV show in his honor. Today, Dirty Jobs is still on the air, and I am here before this committee, hoping to say something useful. So, here it is.

I believe we need a national PR Campaign for Skilled Labor. A big one. Something that addresses the widening skills gap head on, and reconnects the country with the most important part of our workforce.

Right now, American manufacturing is struggling to fill 200,000 vacant positions. There are 450,000 openings in trades, transportation and utilities. The skills gap is real, and it’s getting wider. In Alabama, a third of all skilled tradesmen are over 55. They’re retiring fast, and no one is there to replace them.

Alabama’s not alone. A few months ago in Atlanta I ran into Tom Vilsack, our Secretary of Agriculture. Tom told me about a governor who was unable to move forward on the construction of a power plant. The reason was telling. It wasn’t a lack of funds. It wasn’t a lack of support. It was a lack of qualified welders.

In general, we’re surprised that high unemployment can exist at the same time as a skilled labor shortage. We shouldn’t be. We’ve pretty much guaranteed it.

In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We’ve elevated the importance of “higher education” to such a lofty perch that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled “alternative.” Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of “shovel ready” jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel.

In a hundred different ways, we have slowly marginalized an entire category of critical professions, reshaping our expectations of a “good job” into something that no longer looks like work. A few years from now, an hour with a good plumber, if you can find one, is going to cost more than an hour with a good psychiatrist. At which point we’ll all be in need of both.

I came here today because guys like my grandfather are no less important to civilized life than they were 50 years ago. Maybe they’re in short supply because we don’t acknowledge them they way we used to. We leave our check on the kitchen counter, and hope the work gets done. That needs to change.

My written testimony includes the details of several initiatives designed to close the skills gap, all of which I’ve had the privilege to participate in. Go Build Alabama, I Make America, and my own modest efforts through Dirty Jobs and mikeroweWORKS. I’m especially proud to announce “Discover Your Skills,” a broad-based initiative from Discovery Communications that I believe can change perceptions in a meaningful way.

I encourage you to support these efforts, because closing the skills gap doesn’t just benefit future tradesmen and the companies desperate to hire them. It benefits people like me, and anyone else who shares my addiction to paved roads, reliable bridges, heating, air conditioning, and indoor plumbing. The skills gap is a reflection of what we value. To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

making stuff in Zbrush

making a bracelet in Zbrush from arthur hash on Vimeo.

This is a time lapse video of modeling a bracelet in zbrush and then printing on a Dimension 3D printer

Friday, June 3, 2011

Stelring silver 3D Print

Recently, I had the opportunity to test out Shapeways silver 3D printing service. I have used Shapeways before for a number of projects but mostly for just doing a quick print, never for a final product. A while back I had designed a piece using Zbrush my new favorite organic modeler. I had a versions of this model that I made as a bracelet and now I have made it into a ring.  It is interesting to see how it translates.  It is magical/scary how you can just wave your mouse and the bracelet is now a ring.  I can remember many many critiques where someone would hold up a piece and say "You should make this into a ring"
The model is first printed in wax and then cast. Apparently this is the same way that class rings are made now and most production jewelry (Tiffany's etc) I am shocked at how well this works. I was very skeptical.  I thought that it wouldn't be quite what I wanted or it would have some pitting or something. It is perfect! I love it and and I have three more on the way. Each one different to test how well this process works. The first is this ring and the others are brooch backs that have built in catches and pin stems. I would HIGHLY recommend you all try it. I will report all of my findings on the blog.  Back to work and the tool room make over. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

muscles of seeeing.

"I am a very very highly tuned appreciator of objects"
"I better have muscles of seeing"
"it is only through the parts that the whole gets delivered"