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  • #16
    Very Impressive!

    I was trolling the message boards today when I ran across your pics. I think I nearly choked! Beautiful, beautiful work! My compliments to you and your team!

    Some of the work is on such a large scale, how big of a shop/studio do you run?

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    • #17
      Thank you...

      Originally posted by Admin View Post
      I was trolling the message boards today when I ran across your pics. I think I nearly choked! Beautiful, beautiful work! My compliments to you and your team!

      Some of the work is on such a large scale, how big of a shop/studio do you run?
      Admin, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.

      Well, believe it or not, we are usually two , sometimes three, and maybe they'll be a handful of us if we need the bodies for an afternoon. We'll usually be running two or three jobs, sometimes more, in various stages of development, at any given time. Pretty much everything gets fabricated under an 800 s.f. shelter. This space includes all the necessary equipment, much of which is on wheels, and currently includes a whopping 90 pounds of Miller welders (1 Passport, and 1 Maxstar 200DX). There's a Dynasty 200DX kickin' around here too, but it's a friend's and I only use it to weld up Aluminum for his fancy boat projects. It pretty much lives under a cover the rest of the time. An outdoor shop lends to some surface rust on machinery, which we have to stay on top of, but working in the fresh air and natural light year-round has spoiled me. I have amassed quite a collection of old, heavy, cast machinery. It's safe to say that I like my machinery old and my welders new(er). In addition to all the metalworking equipment, I've a cr@pload of woodworking tools and equipment. I've sold off a few pieces over the years, but I can honestly say we use about everything at one point or another. This kind of work is all about TIME. Things take time. We are fast at what we do, but as many of you know, making things by hand takes a lot of time.
      We don't have a lot of production type tools, i.e. power shears, press brakes, there's not even a cold-saw right now. Just a couple of small welders, some levels, some squares, and many many many many hand-tools. Everyone is making their own kind of shoes, I'm just making mine the way I know how.

      Thanks again. I'll try to post pics of the shop space soon. I do have a peripheral involvement in motorsports through my father, so I occassionally get to work on some fast cars and have been around them my whole life... I may post some racing car pics on the motorsports board, too, for the car guys.
      Maxstar 200DX
      Maxstar 300DX
      Dynasty 200DX
      Passport
      Spectrum 701
      LMSW-52 spot welder

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