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    I was going through some old photos a while back reliving some projects and came across a glass cowboy hat that I made about 13 years ago when the Mrs got us a glass blowing class for Christmas. If any of you ever get a chance to try it, do it. It's like nothing else. 3d sculpting of a constantly moving media. It was so fun, challenging and rewarding. I'd jump at the chance to do it again. This was the last thing I made from a 3 day class and it turned out the best by a long shot (the rest of my creations were honestly pretty terrible).

    What was the most interesting, or enjoyable object or project you've ever made. And you can't sap out and say your kids either .

    I know there are some talented and artsy folks here, lets see those projects!.

  • #2
    I don't know right off will have to think about it for awhile but that hat is the bomb --- I can't believe you picked things up that fast to make something so perfect looking good job...


    • #3
      That’s impressive, very cool, think you missed your calling


      • #4
        This is going to sounds really stupid, but simple wire shelf brackets I designed and 3D printed because I didn't want to drive to the store to look for them. Fresh roll of white PETG, they came out looking like factory parts. Most things I build turn into battles and become actual tedious work.


        • #5
          I don't know.... every new thing I do seems that way to me, at least for a while.

          But......... I did not think you lived in an area that would have a glass blowing class at all...... Who or what had it?

          (we have an art glass company down in the city, but that's the only place I can think of for a long way in any direction)
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          • #6
            Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
            I don't know.... every new thing I do seems that way to me, at least for a while.
            Yup - the more I think about it the more it's like someone asking me what my favorite rock band is,,, ain't no way and no how i could pick just one - maybe a top ten list but that even pales in comparison to all the unique things iv created over the decades...


            • #7
              What was the most enjoyable thing you've ever made?

              A Baby!
              Southwest Utah


              • #8
                Well, if it were phrased differently, as in the thing I made that I got the most enjoyment out of, that would be the original version of this weed pipe that I made when I was 21 in free time at my 1st career job. Pictured is a repro I made for him when my son started making pipes.

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                After that would be the fishing bucktails I designed, machined the mold, and cast. I build a lot of crazy crap for people, and have done a lot of fancy home reno stuff, but it's not pure enjoyment. I haven't made a pure 'objet d'art' like Dan in a long time if you don't count photography. I did metal sculptures before going to Industrial Design school.

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                • #9
                  Usually the last thing I've made. I guess when I think about it that means everything has been the most enjoyable.


                  • #10
                    I'd say that it was a flashlight that I designed, machined and wired. I wanted something smaller than most, with a long runtime and good color rendition. I carried it for several years. The taller light on the left was the first that I machined from bar stock, and I still have it and still use it. I turned it down from a 2 inch diameter bar. The smaller one on the right was the redesign from scratch.

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                    At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and left over parts.

                    Location: SF East Bay.


                    • #11
                      After some thought this box scraper project from 2002 might be my most “enjoyable.”

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                      It’s been used hard for 20 years, moved a metric **** ton of dirt, performing beyond expectations, and never a crack or broken weld.

                      Learning how to run beam calculations to design it, a straight forward build that didn’t drag on, and no regrets after using it for 20 years qualify it as enjoyable to me.


                      • #12
                        Sorry but posting my Top 2,the Self Propelled Grain Auger I built in 1990 as been the Beating Heart in my Farm Operation for moving Grain,would quit farming if did not have this.The Factory Made Units are not user friendly compared to this.

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                        • #13
                          TTT was that grain auger featured in Farm Show magazine? I remember seeing on like it in there.


                          • #14
                            Made two of these. One for a 15 year old boy and another for a 30 year old woman. One right, one left.
                            Kept them each from having a leg amputated below the hip.
                            For a hippy kid, whose guidance counselor said would never amount to anything, I felt pretty damn special.

                            Illigitimi non Carborundum 😎
                            9X49 Birmingham Mill, Reid Model 2C Grinder, 13x40 ENCO GH Lathe, 6X18 Craftsman lathe, Sherline CNC mill, Eastwood TIG200 AC/DC and lots of stuff from 30+ years in the trade and 15.5 in refinery unit operations. Now retired. El Paso, TX


                            • #15
                              I would have to say my kayak was the most enjoyable project I've done. One reason was I've wanted to make a kayak since I was a kid – just didn't have the money, time, or heated workspace come together until recently. The main reason, however, is that I made it at my dad's house, in his basement. I went from seeing dad maybe every week or two to seeing him three days a week. You can only do so much before you need to let the glue dry so after a few hours I'd take a break to go upstairs and visit with dad. Turned out it was the final year of his life and I'll forever be thankful for having that extra time together.

                              I enjoyed the construction process. Other than cutting the strips and the sanding, the work was done with hand tools, mainly a block plane, a pull saw, and a knife. Hoping to make a canoe next. My old Old Town is getting heavier as the years go by and a sub-50 pound canoe sounds like just what I need.

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