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The next few weeks are going to be quite busy as far as work and side jobs go. I have been getting a lot of dropped off machines of late to work in my shop in evenings, which is good! The downside is that I now will also be having to find room to schedule time to make 5 sets of vastly different metal wings for Dara's entry into fashionSPARK. There are some pictures of her drawings and videos of the models on her Instagram, the Haus Page Facebook page, and her Youtube Channel.
The entire event should be a blast, but it will be involving a lot of work and not much free time. I will likely post pictures of my part of the work in the meantime. She has yet to provide the materials for what she's looking for, but it will likely involve machining and/or welding as well as quite a variety of me dealing with artistry....which is never a good idea. Most of my creative enterprises are functional products based around solving a problem. I am a Form Follows Function type of person, but these will definitely have to be something of an artistic piece.
The full show, if you want to come, will be at fashionSPARK on 9/14 time will be after dark, so likely 8 or 9 PM.
Sorry for not putting up an entry last week!
So, the past few weeks have been ups and downs of jobs, and last week was quite a busy one so my weekly post was mostly forgotten... Whoops!
A lot of stuff is happening this week, and has happened even since Sunday. I found out yesterday that a good friend of mine from college passed away. It's apparently too soon to find out details of what happened, but I am wishing him well. His funeral is this weekend, and I will be attending. My mother describes her side of the family as the show "Six Feet Under," but with less story. Funeral home families are interesting.
ALSO, this weekend is my dad's 59th birthday! I blame him for a lot of my learning to tinker at a young age, so, he's probably a big part of the reason why I got into sewing machine repairs. He's also in IT, so, I can blame him for a lot of my side work dealing with network and phone equipment. Good job, Dad, look at the monster you helped create!
Moral of this story, you can really never escape your past, but you can use it to mold how you treat your future. Both of my parents instilled a want to learn new skill sets in their monster of a child, and that has pretty much stuck throughout my life.
Thank you, Mom and Dad!
I wasn't always a sewing machine mechanic, but I have always had a tendency to pick up new skillsets, especially in slow periods in my life. I can do several types of welding, I can build and manage network systems, I can blacksmith, the list can go on and on and on.
Recently one of my regular customers had me take a look at their network because they'd been having issues, which turned into a conversation about working on networks, etc, and now I have been asked to upgrade their network system and do some managing on it to make their systems work better, faster, and more stable.
I also do some work with gunsmithing. Nothing like boring a barrel, more like adding new barrels or swapping out parts. My most often gunsmithing customer says I have both "gorilla strength" and "finesse strength," and that's why he has me make adjustments. Granted, he also has me weld together shooting targets using half-inch steel plate.
I have worked in machine shops, wood shops, fabrication shops, IT departments, phone system repairs, museum archives, and just about everything in between. I don't meant to toot my own horn, but I like to be able to help people with projects. If you ever have an odd issue that I "may" know something about, please feel free to ask.
Your sewing machine guy:
I am a Jack-of-Most-Trades that was roped into working on sewing machines, and managed to find a knack for it. I love hilarity, fixing things that are broken, video games, dogs, cats, most other creatures, and sleep. Especially sleep. On here you'll usually find tidbits about recent visits or ADORABLE CREATURES THAT LOVE ON ME WHILE I WORK. There may be ancient machines, there may be unique machines.