I was recently contacted by Fatherly.com to create a unique changing table. After a bit of discussion, we settled on a space theme. The Photoshop concept drawing below was extremely helpful in establishing scale and appropriate dimensions to get that classic cartoon rocket look. Read more
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We have read books to Grant every evening before bed for quite a long time. His books were stored in a large Rubbermaid® bin adjacent to the rocking chair. We never intended for this to be a permanent solution, we just fell into using it after a while. After a time we came to the realization that he needed a proper way to store his growing book and toy collection. Not just any bookcase would do in this room, no sir! I just had to make it complicated… 😉 Keep in mind that I had basically no decorative woodworking experience up to this point. After consulting several woodworking friends and YouTube videos, I figured I could give it a proper go!
Wow, what a whirlwind trip! This past weekend I had the chance to checkout the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo California, and it was a complete blast! Robots, 3d printers, cnc machines, drones, robots and makers as far as the eye could see!
The video wrap up will be coming soon, but for not, checkout some of the awesome people and projects I had the pleasure to see!
Last year Jimmy DiResta began a campaign to help raise money for his new workshop he is planning to build in upstate New York. Not any fun raising campaign, but he was having a figure produced of his likeness by a good friend of his in the toy biz. They were going to be available in to varieties, painted and unpainted. When this was announced, I knew that I must get an unpainted one to incorporate into some projects!
Several months ago I ordered food grade silicone and casting chocolate solely for this purpose…to create a confectionery based Mr. DiResta… After many months of waiting the figure arrived, just in time to make a CocoaDiResta to bring down to the Woodworking show in Atlanta to give to the man himself. I had four days to create the molds and chocolate castings of both Jimmy and his feline pal Spike.
I was able to finish the items just in time to bring them down to the show. I decided to package the gift in a first generation iPad box to utilize upcycling… something I figured Jimmy could get behind! 😀
A quick and easy project as a follow up to my Mario Kart Nursery build. It was a great excuse to get back to basics and do something simple this time around. The materials are very affordable and the wood components can be any scrap just lying about.
In October of 2013, we found out we were going to have another kid! Any sane person would be instantly concerned about all of the logistics that come into play after learning this life-altering news. Me? I was trying to figure out what nursery theme I was going to choose. After creating my Legend of Zelda and Yoshi’s Island nurseries, I knew I had to up the ante just a bit. A Paper Mario room was out, as another guy just made a fantastic one a few months prior. After searching online a while, there didn’t seem to be any big attempts at a Mario Kart nursery out there, and with the newest version coming out, Mario Kart 8, it sparked my interest.
As a child of the eighties, few things bring me back to my childhood as much as playing Legend of Zelda while flipping through some issues of Nintendo Power magazine. I would gaze with envy at the art submissions from kids around the country that were published in the front of the magazine. I spent many a afternoon drawing and coloring my next submission, hoping to get my work published in a future issue, but to no avail. This helped unite my love of art and all things Nintendo.
Fast forward to Spring of 2012, when I had the privilege to create a truly heroic room for two close friends of mine…Cole and Casey. Not of just any ole hero, but Link, the Hero of Time! My objective was to create a room that exemplified the spirits of courage, joy and adventure, not just in regards to a newborn baby boy, but also being brand new parents. In my opinion, no Legend of Zelda titles epitomize these qualities better than Wind Waker and Spirit Tracks. Read more