A gauge of friendship

A number of years ago I got a phone call from a guy named Doug Haffner who lived in Illinois. He had been laid off from a very good paying job and was looking to start his own business doing creative things. He asked me if I thought it was worthwhile for him to take my workshop. My answer was simple. 'It would change his life.' He hooked up his small camping trailer and drove all the way out to attend the workshop. That workshop did indeed change his life and we became good friends. A year or two later he returned to take a second workshop and this time he brought me a present. It was an antique, a gigantic pressure gauge. Doug told me it was for a special project.

That beautiful brass gauge that Doug gave me has been on display in my office since then, waiting patiently - until tonight. I knew all along how I would use it but it had to wait until the time was right, until I was ready. It is now mounted on the cowling of the little rail truck. I set the gauge to about 185 lbs. The needle bounces beautifully when the truck moves. It won't be hooked up to the air line... the little gauge above it does the real monitoring of the air pressure. The old brass gauge serves to remind me of my good friend and how I was able to encourage him just a little on his creative journey. I look forward to visiting him again in a few months.

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Another clue

I thought I'd post another picture clue of the top secret project - just for fun. We are keeping the MultiCam router very busy these days churning out all kinds of components. This thing is going to be like nothing else out there. Stay tuned...

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Top secret project

Often times there are top secret projects on the go in our shop. This week our workspace is plugged full of this category of jobs. For the very observant, there are clues to be found, some close by and others just down the road. We are counting the days until we are able to officially unveil the plan. Only when we are done will everyone be able to get a good night's sleep. A bunch of the pieces for this project are in this picture. The sturdy, welded steel frame will be laminated into the centre and this assembly is but a tiny fraction of the whole. Stay tuned...

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