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Every Fathers Day weekend we sponsor a charity motorcycle ride in my Fathers name. Each year we raise money that we give away to graduating seniors in our local school district. This year we have awarded $1400 of scholarships to seven graduating seniors. It’s not much money but we hope it help them to succesfully complete their education. Griff’s Ride is being held once again on June 15th, 2013. For details check out Griff’s Ride on Facebook.

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Work continues….

Old showroom area stripped down and ready for some reconstruction.

Old showroom area stripped down and ready for some reconstruction.

New section of showroom that is going to be added.

New section of showroom that is going to be added.

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. I’m going to try to be much better at this. Work around the forge has continued. There’s finally a new rubber roof on the building and my new office space has been finished. Whoever decided a flat roof was a good idea in Maine should have their sanity checked. Being cheap I’ve tried to do all of the work myself with the help of my father in law and a few friends when needed.
Now the showroom of the forge has been stripped and is getting rewired and ready for a complete makeover. The new showroom will be approximately three times larger than the old one. That’s a lot of space to fill…
On the working side of the shop I’ve got the old chimney torn down and am moving all of the equipment around to better the work flow. The next step in that process is to build a good tool room for storage of the smaller and lesser used tools. Then its time to construct a decent cutting table and stock racks, and to figure out the placement of the power hammers, fly press, forges, anvils, vices, platen table, hack saw, iron worker, and the rest of the jumble. Hopefully I can get back into full production sometime in the near future…

Back At It

Well I have finally been spending some time in the forge again. Thanks to all of the customers who have waited for me to complete their work and to those that are still waiting. It always feels good to spend some time creating. Here is the latest project that I finished up. Jerry wanted something that represented the moon phases. I found a drawing on the internet and modified it to his liking. It shows the phases of the moon with the (incorrect) zodiac and season correlation. I like the way it came out. Hopefully I will get to see it in place on the gable of his house.

Summer has come fast here in Maine and it’s already time to think about next seasons firewood and getting the roof on the forge fixed. I have had a good Spring considering I was not open at the forge for most of it. People have seen my truck there and keep stopping to say Hello and buy stuff anyhow. I can’t seem to keep anything in the showroom for long. But alas I am not complaining. It would be a little disheartening if people didn’t want to buy anything. I will not be keeping regular hours this summer. I will be available by appointment or chance. It’s getting hard to work around the leaks in the roof so I have to address that issue before to long. If you do need to get in touch with me, e-mail is probably the best way.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all of my friends and customers. I hope 2009 was a great year and 2010 will be that much better. Have a wonderful holiday season, drive safe, and enjoy time with friends and family over the holidays.

Random Stuff…

One thing I like to do is take pictures. I have an affinity for old rusty cars and fallen-in barns.  I photograph them whenever I happen upon them. Check out some of my photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/15215704@N06/

Light Bracket

Here’s a recent light bracket that I made for a customer. It is fairly large at 36″X48″. I made it to the customers specifications using a sketch he had drawn. He was trying to get a New Orleans, French Quarter look.
Light Bracket

Latest Project

From time to time I hope to post a picture or two of a project that I have been working on.  The first is a paper towel holder that I made yesterday for a customer:

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