This evening Janis & I did our Christmas shopping for all of the kids in our lives. By the time we were through the store the shopping basket was overflowing. We had great fun picking out the kid's gifts. As we packed everything into the car I was reminded of a recent concept I had done of Santa's sleigh - jet powered of course to make it around the world in time to deliver all of the presents to the kids. Christmas is coming fast and we are almost ready!
Just after we push a major project out the giant magical doors of our shop we like to take a deep breath before we plunge into the next. We like to take the time to sweep out the dusty corners, tidy up stray tools and materials and take stock. It is also a time to discuss how we'll do things different the next time, learning from just transpired. As things are tidied we fire up the router and plasma cutter with new pieces. Materials are ordered and cut to size in preparation for the new builds. It won't be long until the shop is busting at the seams once more with new exciting pieces.
As I looked at our recent project, just transported to it's destination I was struck by how far we've come through the years. The latest project is a massive piece, prefabricated in our shop, and readied for a quick installation onsite tomorrow. Everything will fit like a glove I'm sure.
Back when we started, so many years ago, the process was much more cumbersome. One of the first pieces, a space ship, was built in our garage in the basement of our home. I had only the most basic of tools to work with. The fumes from the welding and fibreglass construction went into the house. My family also bravely put up with the considerable noise and dust of construction. When we were complete the piece was dragged from the garage and somehow manhandled onto a homebuilt trailer for transport. The load was definitely well over the trailer's load limit and I vividly remember two very scary tire blowouts on the hundred mile journey to our customer. (I carried two spares - just in case.) Thankfully, we managed to get there in one piece. We do things a lot differently these days and have definitely learned a great deal from our considerable experience and many adventures.