feeling pretty good!


I’m feeling a little more like myself every day.  I’ve been working like a dog, and it feels great.  About a week ago the machines arrived, and Brad Albetta and I moved 1700 lbs of equipment off the back of the truck and down into the basement in the driving rain.  Brad kept saying that it reminded him of Nam..  he’s never been.  While we were waiting for the freight trucks to come, we moved all the heavy stuff from the back shop (formerly the only shop), to the front shop which will be a dedicated metal shop..  A 400 lb surface plate, a couple of 350lb milling machines, and odd smaller things, benches, and etc..   All told we move well over a ton of equipment that day, and Brad was a good sport about the whole thing.  (He’s the one who tells the verizon story in this rehearsal video..  He’s also a phenomenal bassist and Martha Wainwright’s hubby..  Mostly he’s just a good friend).

The next day, I un-crated and built all the equipment.  For those who care: Shaper, Vertical band saw, horizontal band saw, drill press, oscillating edge sander..   Mostly wood working stuff.  The back shop will be for fender production.  You heard it here first.  I was thinking maybe of offering a pre-sale of the first run of fenders..  a unique batch that will never be repeated.  Maybe just 10 sets of full fenders.  Just to raise a little money to cover the remainder of the shop overhaul..  Is there interest in this?

I spent the weekend building my new work bench, which is too many beautiful.  A 2 1/4″ thick slab of butcher block, 8 feet long on steel legs.  The middle 4′ of the bench I routed out to inset a slab of steel as a welding surface.  It’ll get a lower 1 1/2″ butcherblock shelf, and two sliding arms with Wilton vises..  Some of you are probably pretty glazed over at this point.  I’ll post pictures soon, and you’ll see what I mean.  Gorgeous, big, massive (literally, I moved it from the back space to the front at the end of the day yesterday, with the help of a dolly..  I swear it already weighs over 300lbs).

The weaning off the narcotics is going much better than my failed cold turkey attempt.  I’m down to just three pills a day (from 12), and will probably cut another of those today.  Sleeping continues to be an issue.  Which is strange when I consider just how tired I am at the end of each day.  Muscle soreness is taking the place of the strange joint/nerve pain I’ve had for the last 5 or 6 months, which is such a relief.  I have sore muscles from finally being active..  Working with HEAVY shit in the shop, playing a little handball.  Muscle soreness from activity feels SO good after the sort of pain I’ve been in.

Hill is rapidly careening towards the end of her semester.  She just finished a paper (due today), which blew my mind.  She is SO much smarter than me it’s unreal.  I thought I was a reasonably bright guy.  I’m unbelievably proud of her.  She got an undergrad degree in dance just like me, and then somehow got accepted into an extremely academic PHD program, and is taking it by storm.  She’s currently working about 10 hours a day on final papers.  Serious work ethic.  Soon it’ll be over, and we’ll hit the road for a while.

Now headed out to the shop to clean up after the disaster I created out there yesterday.

Big love.

23 Replies to “feeling pretty good!”

  1. Awesome that you’re starting to feel better. Hmmmmm fenders… I just might have to order me some. I have a funky bike though.

  2. Long time lurker, first time poster. Glad you’re starting to feel better! I’ve been prayin for ya. Can’t wait to see pictures of the shop space, and I’m in for a set of fenders.

    PS, more cooking videos! And what kind of set up do you have for your kitchen? That should be a blog post in itself.

    Have a good one!

  3. You had me at “Vertical band saw”! Glad you are feeling better.

    I hope you consider publishing this beyond this blog. It has character which is not often found in which many different people can relate.

  4. I am a long time reader and first time commenter.

    What you have chosen to share with us is both heart wrenching and inspiring.
    Thank you for your candor, your stories, and most of all, showing how triumphant the human spirit can be.

    Wishing you a continued speedy recovery and all the best!

  5. I have a few friends who would LOVE to see pictures of the new shop, especially that workbench.

    Another step closer to the return of my grocery getter!

  6. “Shaper, Vertical band saw, horizontal band saw, drill press, oscillating edge sander..”

    That’s some sexy talk there boy.

    Speaking of which, nothing sexier than a smarter wife. Mine is too. Yes indeed.

    Glad you are feeling better.

  7. So good to hear your back ‘on the road’ Ezra, looking forward to shop pics.
    Ps Funny that, my wife is an honours graduate whereas I’m only graduating this weekend with a BA.

  8. So glad for this news. The new shop setup sounds like it’s going to be amazing. Hopefully pictures follow.

    Wanted to let you know about a great documentary (if you are into that sort of thing) called Forks Over Knives about diet and illness since you’re such a food lover. Thought you might enjoy it. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ijukNzlUg

  9. 🙂 It feels a bit strange to be happy to hear you talk of muscle soreness, but when it’s a result of furnishing the shop and getting back to the business of doing what you love, that’s awesome! Can’t wait to see the new products rolling out of the swanky new shop! Congrats to Hill, too!

  10. I think my Pegoretti Luigino would love a set of your delicious fenders. no braze-ons though, is that a problem? and I don’t want any frame contact either.
    so glad to hear you have your life back. can’t wait to see what kind of magic you perform.

  11. Awesome news! I’m happy things are going so well and I’m so jealous of the new heavy stuff!!

  12. Good to hear you’re getting your workshop all sorted, wish i had the space for my own. Definitely require photos of the shop too.
    As for fenders, would you ship to the UK? If so, count me in on a pair. If too pricey i may have to wait for a Normal fender to be produced by you.
    Take it easy and keep on going.

  13. wonderful to hear the good news Ez!! Im amazed you fit all the equipment into the basement! and so psyched that you are expanding the operations. that bike I’ve been procrastinating on ordering is beckoning me…..

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