Thursday, May 10, 2007

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007

Out on the Ice. The first album recorded in the new K-ICE studios is available to listen to. Click on here to get there or on "Excerpts" Nathan Andrews was visiting the Art Shanty Projects and came into the studio. We met and hit it off he came back few days later and we recorded this album. It is available for purchase or down laod it. CC rights apply. Email if you want a copy.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New building

The new K-ICE studios are finsihed. A huge help from Micheal K. and Jeff C. and Michael T. The whole house supprted the effort, putting up with the noise. It took about 9 days give or take to build. The design has been in the works for the last few months. The next step will be the couch and the stairs. Last night in the dark I put in the loft. I spent the first night out here. It was luxuious. The upper bunk area is spacious and was more than warm enough for me and the dog. There was a visitor outside sometime in the night I would have guessed 3-4 but I had gone to sleep at 8:30 so it could have been 10. The broadcasting has been going sort of smoothly. The need for material is key at this point. If you ahve things you would like to include please let me know. All the programming come from the project. As best as we can muster. Given the rule of chaos and randomness that anything can happen.
Yesterday was one of the day we had signed up for the 365 plays in 365 days. The title of the play was empty. It was first performed by Sabina and Beatrix. This was done because the original people who had signed up had not showed up. They did however show up later last night. With Paul S. The cactus shanty man. (if you have cactus let him know he will care for them and return them at the end of the project) Lucus and Telsha performed the play again, doing one version backwards then switching roles and doing it forward again. Photo in the photo was taken by Will P. with his Holga polaroid camera. The ones he took of the Shanty of Misfit Toys we very cool cause the film did something unexpected.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Hole

This year the shanty will have a trap door. In a traditional dark house this is used to fish through. In this house it will be used to access the ice and a hole in it. There is not a great possibility of fishing. When I was a kid in Connecticut I fished once. Down by this old mill pond. I used tinfoil for bait on the hook. As stood there on this small bridge looking down I thought about what I was doing. All be it from a child's perspective. I imagined what would draw me to something hanging from the sky. A 20 dollar bill or a candy bar. As people are not know to just catch things with their mouths, it would be something that I would have to grab with my hand. As the vision played out in my head, I saw myself walking and coming across the 20 dollar bill floating in the air. I would reach up and take a hold of it. And whoosh I would be pulled up into the heavens. Away from my family and friends with no explanation or trace. Looking down at the pond fish circling the tinfoil I pulled the hook out of the water. I was never going to fish again.
This hole could be used to reach down below the ice to any number of things. A video camera would be the most likely contestant. The hole also gives access to the surface of the ice which will keep things cold. Like beer, frozen food. One idea was to have a sled that would slide under the shanty and fit under the hole. Groceries could swapped out from the shore.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Floor

the shanty has begun. The complete rebuild smaller and better. The goal this year is warm. I want the place to be warm. There will be 3 inch extruded foam on all the sides. Even the floor.
The Floor:
made of 3/4 inch tongue and groove plywood on the top. 1/4 inch luan on the bottom. In between there s 3 inches of the foam insulation. The R-factor is 15. I used elmers wood glue to bold the materials. On the edges there are 1 5/8 inch screws. There is a pattern to the screws but is not consistent through out. I am working a spacing. It has evolved into the span of my left hand from thumb to pinky as they are spread out. Before that it was one end of the orangr speed square plus some. There is mark on the speed square for how far from the edge, which has shifted to an eyeball placement. This could be for speed, confidence, impatience or carelessness.
I started the first one with the Luan side. 48 inches. The 3/4 was only 47.5 due to the 1/2 tongue. So I had to make adjustments. Which I then realized needed to total 96 inches to make all the other panels simpler to build. The solution was to add a 2x6 on the side of the second one, which was cut to 46 1/2.
The reclaiming of the old shanty is underway. On the back deck I have torn all but three sides apart. I did one big rip on the 2x4's. Cutting most of them down to 3". This being the same as the extruded. It is stacked on the porch under a blue tarp. The plan was to reuse the floor plywood. When I went to put the floor piece on the glued up panel. I swung it up and realized it had been cut to fit insdie the shanty. So 7 inches were missing. I had to take all the glue off and run to Home Depot. The plywood there was so warped. Someone had left 6-7 3/4" ply half one the floor half on the tongue and groove. I had to push it out of the way to get the wood off the pile. The top of pile looked like someone doing a back bend. I slipped off the top 4 thinking the ones deeper would be flat. No. The next three sprung up just like the other four. I pushed them back and took the top two. To get the bend out I stuck a board on a board that pushed up into the ceiling. Hammering it in place caused things to shake off Matt's desk. He came down just as I finished and was going up to talk to him. The second panel was done with a jack. I also clamped the panele to the wonder table. I will leave it over night this way.