May 24th, 2011
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.