I am lucky. My son got involved in FIRST Robotics, and is now a Mechanical Engineering major at Clarkson University. During his time in Wayland, I saw that more could be done to expose students to the creative joy I find in engineering. Talking with others, we found a common concern, and have started a small group to explore how.
The group is Wayland STEM. We are just starting, so the web site will evolve. Stop by and give us your thoughts.
Yesterday I talked about an FPGA hobby board I had started playing with. As I was explaining it to my son, the question came up: how fast it is? Continue reading
I am excited. Special purpose, complicated digital logic is now as accessible as writing code.
One aspect of Carvings by Carl that excites me is experimenting with new processes. Sometimes these are truly new, and sometimes they are simply new to me. The process I’m talking about today is as old as art.
The process is gilding — covering a surface with a thin layer of metal. Traditionally this has been gold, but the technique applies to other precious and semi-precious metals.
I applied copper leaf to an aged Cherry Seder plate, and I love the result. The Cherry had matured to a deep reddish-brown. The Copper balances perfectly with darkened Cherry, and adds some shine and elegance to the result.
I have 23K gold, copper, and aluminum (silver) leaf in my shop, and offer gilding in any of these materials.
It is such a thrill to make something for someone.
Really — every step makes me smile. The first contact, either an order for something I’ve already made, or a special request, opens a door. My pleasure is to greet the visitor, understand their request, and deliver to them the best I can make.
With order tracking, it doesn’t stop when I ship. I get to track the package as it meanders through the carrier’s network, and imagine that my customer is doing the same. I hope that when the package arrives, it is opened and met with satisfaction.
My customers should expect no less.