Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chocolate and Cider

Found a big ol' box full of Cider and Hot Chocolate in the studio today that someone had left here from a previous semester --- Cory is happy :)


Monday, January 30, 2012

Hilton Magic

For those of you who didn't know --- I love the Cyclones! Thankfully this weekend they decided to love me, too!

After a 13-year losing streak the Iowa State Cyclones finally decided they should beat the Kansas Jayhawks, this year ranked #5 in the country!

I have really been loving the Iowa State daily this year, with all the upsets this year there is finally some good news in it!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Model 2

I'm a little unhappy with the way this model turned out, just a litte ragged i would call it - not nearly as smooth as the other one, but hey - what are ya guna do?

Massing Model :

Remember these guys?

Placing the hole so the boat fits nice and snug in the ground

The hole - "behind the scenes"


Both of them together!

Floor plan for this home -- 'upper floor' not shown


Boat House

Just been working away in the studio lately, trying to get this project completed before our review Monday -- think I'm about ready for it, and surprisingly was able to manage my time well enough to get out of here tonight before the sun came up tomorrow! Go me. 

Just a few pictures here of my model making process -- check er out

Section Model :

Carving into the ground to place my boat hull

Model finally placed in the ground!

Smooooth section line!!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Can't tell you what it is, can't tell you who its for

Think you can figure it out, go for it. All I can tell you is that this is a representational model that will actually be made out of hardwood, two different types - obviously.

Massing it up first

Finally cutting holes!


School Lately

School has been great lately, I'm really not used to being so busy so early in the semester! No complaints here though, i don't mind rolling up my sleeves a bit.

In studio right now I am working on designing a house out of recycled materials, starting with a 'container' and then trying to slowly work towards what the container would then be filled with to complete the living space. After much research I found that boats these days are one of the most difficult and time/energy consuming items/containers to dispose and/or recycle of.

My idea was to take the empty hulls of these boats and transform them into containers that could be modularized and made into homes. As of now, that's about as far as I've gotten, which is no good considering our review over this project is Monday. Yikes!

Anyways, check out my model building in progress ---

My framing file being cut on the laser cutter -- sweet...

Two laser cut framing plans on 1/8" thick basswood

The building process begins...

My best idea for how to get a shell on this was to use paper mache, haven't used that stuff since elementary!

One big one, and one that's a bit smaller

More mache

Now I just sit here waiting for it to dry, and MAYBE it will work

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My visit to Portland

Hey all,

Just got back from my visit to Portland, where I got to hang with my brother Josh, sister-in-law Tashina, and little Mia Pearl! Needless to say, fun was abundant, and great times were had.

All of the food there was amazing, from the gravy at Gravy, the pastrami at Kenny & Zukes, Josh's homemade mac, little goodburgers, Tasty & Sons, etc etc etc. Downtown Portland and its surrounding districts were all very neat, artistic, well-designed and maintained. The ladies were cute, the weather - as expected, and getting a chance to hang around with family I haven't seen in awhile was fan-freaking-tastic.

Mia and I had fun with this gift Ryan and I bought her for christmas

Zoo Bomb bikes, these are 'stored' here and then on Saturday nights if anyone wants to coast down a huge hill from the Zoo to downtown, they just grab one apparently

One of Portland's many fine micro-brews

View from the stop floor of a Health Center we stopped in

Another fun little project Mia and I put together

Flavel House Museum we visited while in Astoria, a coastal town where 'The Goonies' was shot

Breakfast face

Mia and I on our way up Mt Hood!

Mulnomah Falls - a long and steep 1 mile hike to get to the top of this thing! (notice the bridge in the middle of the image for future reference)

Looking all the way down -- if you look closely, off to the bottom right you can see the bridge thats also in the image above ^^

Photoshoot at the top

Mia was really excited all day to see the sturgeon! These things were huge and jurassic looking

Playing in the snow on Mt Hood -- but 5 minutes is never enough! Mia could have stayed there all day and been perfectly content

Great times in Portland, can't wait to go back again!