Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Air Affair

While the current base model MacBook Pro might be the better bang for the buck, I passed on the silly Touch Bar and purchased a bumped up specs MacBook Air. As I actually use my laptop as a laptop my decision was based on an honest assessment of my requirements, and the desire for lightweight and all day battery. After the first full day of hard use, I still had some battery, everything worked perfectly, and the innovative Touch ID was most welcome!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019


As this photolog is the only place I have left to post images, these incongruent images document the EMD CF7 found at the Kentucky Railroad Museum, New Haven KY with emphasis on details not explicitly covered online.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

April Saucer

The first time it hasn't got nailed in three years.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Cutaway Spine - POC

For something to do on a sunny afternoon, I made this cutaway spine proof of concept. The pages were folded in half, scored 1/2" in from the spine edge, then the one piece cover was scored and folded to reflect the thickness of the book block. Two reveals were cut out to expose the pages then using the inside corners of the reveals for markers, four holes were stabbed in each signature for sewing the block together with blue thread. The cover was attached with double-stick along each strap front and back burnished into place.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Linked Hinge Binding - Proof of Concept

A simple binding based on interlocking tabs made from stock cut to 7.5" x 11".
The tabs are glued down as each page is assembled.

Spine View

1.5" score along the spine,  5 equal 1.5" sections cut into tabs. 

Cut half the pages to remove three sections and half with two sections removed.

Interlocking the three tab cover with a two tab page prior to gluing.

Interlocking the previous two tab page with a three tab page.

Glue down three tabs.

Glue down two tabs.

Working the spine against a straight edge to maintain alignment.

Three tab rear cover being slipped back through the previous page.

All in all a simple construction that could be assembled from letter size stock or smaller. The trick is keeping the spine edge aligned as it wants to creep, then square the fore edge after assembly in the book shear. For convenience, this POC with assembled with double stick tape though PVC glue would be necessary for a finished book with wax paper inserted between pages for protection and the entire assembly dried under some weight overnight.

*The cover could be made from 2 x width material folded in half with the fold being the fore edge and the leaves glued to a three tab page section.  

Note: Never assume all letter stock is either square or actually 8.5"x11".
For this simple little project, I had to both square "and" trim the papers to length.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fold-Up Book - Proof of Concept

Cover View

Stand Up

Inside View 
Page Layout

Join Two Flaps

Assembled Sections

A simple Fold-Up Book made from four squares of paper. Fold the sheet in half both ways, cut a slit from the bottom edge to center, then score from top left corner to the center for the fold. Pull the diagonal fold inward then double stick tape the two loose flaps together to enable the structure to stand vertically. Double stick tape all four structures together then add front and back covers.

Note: It's easier to add artwork, text etc. before joining the page flaps or structures. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Muse - Old technology just works

Honestly, I don’t have anything this week. As my current MacBook is five years old, last Thursdays MacBook Air announcement held my attention, though we’ll see how it does in the wild before making any serious considerations. For me, technology reached good enough in 2013, so my interest is primarily lighter weight and longer battery life.

Edit: 11/07/18 - Hands-on at the Apple store where I decided to use my 2013 MBP until it fails. Found the MBA edges too sharp, the display underwhelming, and lingering questions as to the durability of the keyboard.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Box Corner Assembly

Fabricated this 12"x15" box corner assembly from a closeout bamboo cutting board and cut pieces of 1" aluminum angle stock, drilled and screwed. It's used for accurately folding paper stock, aligning pages, and knocking up book blocks. Note: those sharp angle ends will need some rounding with a file.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday Muse - little FICTIONS

It could have been said last week that the working title for the 7” x 12-foot accordion structure started three weeks ago is "little FICTIONS", but I needed something for this week’s Muse. The notion is to complete one two page collage spread after the other, then pray for some kind of continuity at the end. The experience gained on the fly may prove helpful on a larger project in the future.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cold Wax Medium

Received what may be the definitive book on Cold Wax Medium with the notion of using the technique en collage and for book covers. A 362-page paperback that weighs a ton, I was worn out after the first read. Author's site…here.