Geocache Containers

Ok, so most of my friends and family know that I love to geocache. Wait…I take that back. Most of them know I enjoy it but only a few actually understand the hobby. Anyway, I’m going on vacation next week and have already planned several “cache runs”. I’m hoping to visit Cane Creek Park to hide a few caches myself. Of course you know I’ll have to kayak there too. So…why not combine the two? PERFECT!! I’ve added a picture of the new cache containers that I painted today.  Wow, I can’t wait for Friday to get here!

Eli’s Knee Brace

For all my family and friends, you guys are aware of Eli’s knee situation.  Just thought I’d post some video of him moving around in his knee brace.  He just got it yesterday and it took myself and two other adults to hold him down in order to get the thing on his leg.  I’m proud to say that I was finally able to get it on him by myself for the first time this morning.  We went for a quick (5 minute) walk… he absolutely LOVED it! (being able to go for a walk again, not the brace).  He was mad when I made him turn around to come back home.  So, when we got inside, I decided to shoot some video of him just walking around in the house.  I have to limit how long he wears it at first…to build up to it.  Same principle as “don’t wear new tennis shoes on a long hike- you have to break them in first”.  Anyway, this video isn’t much.  You can see at the end that he hasn’t figured out how to sit down with the brace on yet.  We’ll have to keep working on that one.  I plan to shoot more video and post it along with his whole story so that other people on the internet can find it and learn that there are other options to surgery.  For now though, just enjoy Eli…


Frame for stained glass

I’ve always wanted to incorporate my love of stained glass and wood working.  This project gives me the chance.  After finishing the orange/yellow flower stained glass pattern, I realized I had not gotten the edges even.  What to do?  Well, I decided to build a wooden frame to go around the outside (to hide the imperfection).  Turns out to be a great idea.  Now, I just have to decide whether to paint or stain the frame.  I currently have it held in place with clamps.  Once I decide on the appropriate finish, I’ll complete the project and post an “after” shot here.  Feel free to post your advice on how I should finish the wood…paint or stain?

Wooden Glass Rack

I’ve been wanting to build a wooden glass rack for quite a while now. I’ve needed the space to store all my stained glass until it was needed for each project. I had tried all kinds of “free” or “cheap” solutions…they just didn’t work. I could never tell what colors of glass I still had to choose from. So, I decided to build my own rack. I’ve included the “before” and “after” shots. Honestly, I’m quite impressed with myself. I ended up being a few dowels short, but can always pick up a few more at Lowes or Home Depot. Overall, this rack should work out nicely. Things really can be easy if you just put your mind to them…

“Tinroof” logo

My cousin, Mollie was nice enough to get me an autograph from Catherine Bell not too long ago. I couldn’t think of any way to repay her. Well, I finally got an idea… she spends a lot of time at one of her favorite local establishments in Charleston, SC. I tracked down one of the logos from their website and attempted to make a stained glass replica–MUCH easier said than done. Again, as I’ve said in other posts, creating stained glass patterns with letters in them are ridiculously difficult. Anyway, I finally completed it but really wasn’t happy w/ the way it turned out.
Check out my other post about the piece I created since I wasn’t happy with this one.
It’s a stormtrooper from Star Wars.

Happy Halloween!

I couldn’t let Halloween go by without posting a quick message. Wish I could be giving out candy tonight, however, I’m required to work. Fun, fun! I’ll be out checking on all my “special” clients to make sure they aren’t trick or treating with children. It always makes for a long night. Just hope everyone is on their best behavior!

Unique Wooden Plaques

This is a plaque I made to symbolize my appreciation for my parents efforts in rebuilding our cabin at Pleasant Grove Campground.  It was made in a similar fashion to the signs I made for the cabin.  Something like this can make a unique gift for someone.  Let me know what you think…

Carolina Tiger Rescue

I work in a small town, Pittsboro, N.C. – the last thing you think would be available in the area is a tiger rescue. But, it’s here. We send a lot of our probationers there to do community service. It’s really an awesome place! My parents and I took my neice several years ago and it’s hard to believe that something so unique exists in such a rural place in North Carolina. Anyway, here are a few of the photos I took while we were there for the tour. Check out the website for more information:

Carolina Tiger Rescue, Pittsboro, North Carolina

New Sign

I finally decided to work on a wooden sign for one of my co-workers. She had been asking for a long time and I promised her one for her birthday (we share the same day). I’m a few years late -yes, I do mean “years” – and she has never let me forget that. Anyway, I knew she wanted a sign for her yard with her last name and house numbers on it. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate my love for stained glass into the sign. Several different ideas came to mind, but I never could figure out how to put it all together. Then, one day, it clicked.

I had the design idea and was ready to start building. Here’s where my hopes were squashed. I just couldn’t get things to fit. I spent a week in my shop trying to come up with a better way to get it to hold shape and still look good. It caused a lot of frustration (mainly because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to these things). Another co-worker helped me figure it all out (thanks go out to him). After so much effort (plus some trial and error), I completed the project. I’m not really sure if she liked it or if it will be impressive to anyone.  All the time that went into it really seems like overkill since the design ended up being so simple. But, I can definitely say that I learned some things that will be helpful during my next wood working project.  Either way, I’m pleased with how it turned out and that’s what matters in the end. Let me know what you guys think!