Design, consulting, and fabrication


Master Bathroom Remodel

Time to remodel the master bath. For such a small space there sure was a ton of concrete. There was probably 3 inches on the floor and 2 inches of it on the walls, then tile on top of that. It took two bagsters for this little 5’x8′ room.

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Once we had it down to studs I framed out the new walk in shower for a new shower wall product from Kohler. I had to brace it for 24 hours so the adhesives could cure.


I ordered the fixed glass on line, used our original sink and toilet, and had a lovely Irish fellow do some great tile work. All Done.

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Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2017

This year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was another doozy, made even more overwhelming by the event coordinators’ decision to move the event from Sunday to Saturday due to expected storms on Sunday. Here are a few of my favorite cars from the three days I was there.

I also got to see four time Indianapolis 500 winner and one of my child hood heroes, Al Unser Sr. , and I helped him out of his Indy winning race car after he’d driven it on to the fairway.IMG_4283

The Rusty Rider rides again

rusty-horizontal-fullI finally put the finishing touches on the Rusty Rider and planted him in the garden. I built a “drop” or “stunt” for him to ride on, it’s based on a stunt we built back in the day in Montana, it was a 2×6 laid flat on  vertical supports and it ran for about 30 feet, and then it ended and the drop was about 6-8 feet. We called it “Heaven” and it was used at a few of the Safety Team events and then ended up out at the “property”. I miss it, and those days.

The Rusty Rider

It all started with a garage sale find.IMG_3751

Then I had to find some rusty tools, chains, and other exciting old things.IMG_3770


Head no hair no tassles no arms

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Now it’s time to get this guy outside for some riding.

Tennessee Table

I-Beam base with Cherry table top engraved with the Tennessee state outline. POATN table closeup

I had this idea in my head for a while, it originally had a concrete top but that seemed like it would be just a bit too heavy. This is made with a steel I-beam I found at a local salvage yard, stabilized with channel steel from the same yard. All of it is nice and rusty, bent, scarred, and full of character. It comes with skid pads so the metal won’t give your flooring any additional character.TN table side

The top is made from a 2×12 of Cherry that I got from my favorite local lumber yard, Good Wood of Nashville. It comes from a locally fallen cherry tree. The square head bolts, washers, and nuts are from my collection of rusty metal that I hauled down here from Montana. If you are interested in this table, or a custom piece of furniture, feel free to contact me. Thanks!

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Historic Racing in Birmingham

I spent the weekend attending the 2nd annual Barber Historics at Barber Motorsports Park.

This is the second event in as many years and I’ve been to both. This year there were even more cars and more things to do. What’s really great is that you get to walk around the paddocks and chat with mechanics, racers, and owners. With such a wide variety of interesting cars the action on the track can be fascinating too.

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I arrived Saturday morning and caught hours of warm up laps and then the first heat races in the afternoon. On Sunday the Porsche hot laps track was open to the public so I took the old S60R for a couple laps. On track heat races got going again in the afternoon and were entertaining, particularly the sports car class that saw everything from a Lotus 7 to a Porsche 914/6, and included a classic old Daimler that looked like the offspring of a 427 Cobra and the Batmobile. Other attractions included a Bar-b-que cook off, a swap meet, the Barber Museum, and a “cars n coffee” type auto show.Barber museum

Good fun for all, check it out next year.

Coffee table for Monroe Harding fundraiser

This table is made with leftover wood from the fireplace surround I did last fall. I also picked up some short pieces of 3×8 and 2×4 for the legs and spreader from Good Wood Nashville. coffee table 3

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A new home, somewhere in the south, someplace called Nashville.

Well, we moved, my wife is pursuing a PhD at Vanderbilt so we moved down to Nashville June of 2013. We have been pretty busy since then, adjusting to a new place, remodeling a different house, adjusting to new schools and employment. It has been a huge change, we miss our place in Missoula, we miss our friends and the community. But Nashville has a lot to offer. I have been hiding out at home probably too much but it gives me time to work on the house which we have basically redone from top to bottom in the last 15 months. Here is the fun part, getting creative with our previously ugly ’70’s paneled kitchen and fire place surround. Out went the paneling, in went new cabinets and concrete counters, and for the fire place, reclaimed smoked oak planks from a tobacco smoking barn. That wood was as hard as stone but I predrilled and fastened them with square head nails, finished off with a rusty piece of angle iron as the mantle. iphone 030314 064

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Connecting the drivetrain

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A stage 2 clutch from SPEC should help all those horsies hook up with the T5

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The transplant continues

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Dropping her in last February!