Updates from the Workshop

(Anti-Social Media?)

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I don't do "social media" (Instagram/Facebook/etc.) I tried, but found them too offensive. It isn't just that their interfaces are stupid and that they sell you as their product. It is something deeper. They require that you live a Procrustean life suitable for their simplified paradigm of what a life should be. No.

You may believe otherwise. I'm sure the blue pill tasted great.

Instead, I'll post here a series of short(ish) updates on workshop projects and topics.

(It isn't very interesting, but here's a little more about me.)

These notes will be difficult to read on a mobile device. If you believe that you can receive meaningful information in a few square centimeters, then you need to investigate more capable communications hardware. I prefer the codex.


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Angle Blocks (after Pieczynski)

2020-04-03. For making a part for my Barth Type Caster I needed to machine a setup tool (an angle block) with an uncommon angle (8° 20′). To do this I used a very elegant method that I learned from a video by online machinist Joe Pieczynski.

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Junior Engineering (1976)

This isn't an update about a current project. Instead, it is an entirely personal recollection of two extraordinary shop classes that I had in Junior High School. If they weren't unique they were close too it. Google knows nothing of them. They deserve not only to be remembered but to be revived.

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First Electro Workbench

2020-03-19. For copper plating and matrix electroforming.

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A Matrix Electroforming Case

2020-03-06. The most remarkable, and probably the most difficult, method of electroforming typographical matrices was that used by the late Andy Dunker. It's no fun starting with the easy way.

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"Sticky" Updates

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ATF 2020 Announcement


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Older Updates

A good friend of mine once said that he'd finally figured out how to understand what I was talking about: just subtract 100 years from any date I mentioned. He's right. I lived through the 1990s and feel no need to discuss them. For me the '90s are the 1890s. The icons linking to the yearly archives below will reflect this.

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2020 Archive

The image is "The Soul of the Soulless City" by C.R.W.Nevinson. First exhibited in 1920. Image copyright © by the Tate Gallery and released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported). Tate Reference No. T07448.