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Well hi, all!  I haven't been here in a while so time for an update! 

Maybe you knew that I bought a self contained 1969 slide in truck camper?

I knew it was rough when I bought it, but at $325.00, I couldn't pass it up. Note the stoooopid THREE JACKS.  Dumbest idea of the last century!  When I started re-furbing the thing and decided that it needed major surgery so had to make room inside the garage for it.

Well, after while after while, I decided that it should have a full survey, which means partly disassembling it and peeling back the skin to see EXACTLY what I have GOT here...

I am NOT going to have this 45 year old "beauty" ready to take to my 50th high school class reunion in Camas, Washington in August!  I am going to be a busy boy just to try to restore this thing and personalise it as my own rolling estate!

Until next time, HI YO SILVER, AWAY!
Your pal,


I have taken on a trailer restoration project.  It is an old Airstream Bambi (I think). It's not in bad shape, just very very neglected and parked in a horse pasture for many years.  Interior was re-done (not original), I guess 15 or 20 years ago. Does this mean that I am a professional now?

I hope to get pictures from inside soon.  It needs mass bug bombs and cleaning.


a few pictures of the pieces I am entering in the Spring Art Show the weekend of April 25 - 28


The 1957 prototype automatic room cleaning machine:


the BEAM OIL COMPANY HOME DELIVERY TRUCK 1930. The idea was to simply drop the oil cans off at the customer's home and customer would tip it into the tank.   Didn't work out.

Driftwoodie - driftwood, spike buck deer horns, a piece of sage smudge, this and that:


The Nahcotta Mermaid

One of my quests today was to save a little mermaid.  NO, for real!  She was part of what was a sacred sort of mandala type thing in what was once a famous herb garden.  I had to rescue her because I am quite sure the bulldozers are coming for her home soon.  For now, let's just call her the Nahcotta Mermaid.  I think there could, indeed be majik here somehow.   Here she is, friends, the first time she has been seen by the public in many a year.

I  will post more about this fascinating little piece of majik soon!


19 March 2014 - making a new black bamboo patch to balance the South side of the front yard with the patch on the North side of the yard.

FIRST thing is to construct a "containment ring" as bamboo (even 'clumping' bamboo) will wander out and get into trouble if you let it.  I had/have lots of scrap aluminum sheet bits from building the art-car, tearing down trailers etc.  I pop riveted a bunch of pieces together:
THEN, I made a  37" diameter `18" deep ring of it;
I used a small sharp square end spade and dead blow hammer to cut out 3 large and hearty canes from the old black bamboo patch on the North side of the front yard;
Which I took over to the prepared hole in the center of the containment ring on the South side of my yard;
Then I filled around the containment ring.  Filled inside with the good soil from the top of digging  the hole.  Then a few buckets of mulch and a bucket of water and VOILA!
Soon it will be as big and vigorous a stand of  black bamboo as the mother patch.  Below are the tools I used, minus the pop riveter (which had got itself put away);
For closer inspection, click any picture to biggify it.


my new ride. I like em cute and funky. '84 Subaru GL, 2 door hardtop, 5 speed. Plenty bonks and dents.

Mechanically great.  The body is somewhat (?) beat up.  I LIKE IT.  It suits me. Sure, I'd love to have a new or nearly new automobile, but that is just not in the cards for this old bird.


License plate "canned ham trailer" construction revealed! Click on pix to biggify

I wonder if there is a WAY to do a blog like this with the first posts at the top here and the latest progress posts further down.  Just like you would be scrolling through the process??  Does that make too much sense?  If anyone knows how to do that, please let me know, ok?  Thanks!

Following are the latest posts from Sunday 5 January 2014

I will now regale you with the trials and trivia with making a round porthole window in a motorcycle license plate door for a little trailer.  From the pile I picked a Kansas plate because it is a bit smaller and I have been fretting about getting scales correct (never happen).  so, anyhow, after deciding upon the lens to become the window, I need a hole saw.  Eeezy Peezy, eh?  I chose one just a tad undersized and this vid should show how I work it to make the hole just a bit larger than the drill made:

videoAfter doing all THAT and the lens fit the hole perfectly, with a bit of hand work with my small rotary tool, I ended up with this -

Needles to say, I was not satisfied with that lens as a porthole window for this particular trailer, so I had to get out my big-box-o-lenses and have a look:

I chose a dandy convex greenish tint old timey lense from SOMETHING.  Now I am fashioning some tabs to hold it in from the back side of the door.

Hi all of you Informiorium fans!  2 more pieces sold yesterday at the Bay Avenue Gallery, here in Ocean Park, Washington, USA.
There has been great interest in the construction of the newest "canned ham" trailer.  I will try to continue to update this post as the assembly progresses.  Let's begin with a picture of the first canned ham, which sold QUICKLY at the Spring Art Show.
Let's call this the "original"

Please scroll on down for progress reports!

 Followed by assembly pictures of this new canned ham.  I plan to write a fantasty story to go with it...

 Watch this space for updates!
The 1th of January 2thousandfourteen!
The left side wall is complete on the inside with some detail yet to do on the outside:


Not quite 2 weeks into December, 2013 - indoor project, outdoor plants

Indoors here, I am starting a new "canned ham" trailer piece.  I hope it will be as good as the first, maybe better :

MEANWHILE, outdoors, some plants are covering themselves from the frost waiting for a hint of spring, while others continue to make pretty right through the frozen weather:


My truck is going to need some WORK before I can make the Christmas trip...

Please click on any picture to biggify it!

So, I have cleared out the garage enough to accept the front 1/2 of the truck which is where the work needs to be done (engine starting system).  It looks sort of bizarre from the outside: 

It is quite cold at night this week, so this is my answer.  The barrel stove inside is roaring away...I expect a late night, as I have to wait until RACHEL MADDOW is over...

Here you can see that the front 1/2 of my truck is inside where it is warm and bright.

 And THIS is a clue to what my garage looks like "cleaned up".  A comfy chair in front of the wood stove, tools more or less within reach...