100.000 Hits on ShamWerks since its opening in October 1998... Well, OK, 100.000 hits in 11 years of presence on the Interweb, that's not that much.
But hey! That's a milestone anyway!
To celebrate that, 2 pin-ups, this time out of the magic pencil of Chris Sanders. His name doesn't ring a bell? He's the creator of Lilo et Stitch, of which I'm kind of fan!
The Pin-ups are extracts from his sketchbooks (limited editions, signed the author, of which I'm a proud owner!)
Read Kiskaloo, kinda Calvin & Hobbes with a creepy touch... And pin-ups.
By the way, go have a look at the latest DreamWorks production : How to train your Dragon, realisation by Chris Sanders!
That probably explains the likeness between Stitch and that Dragon... On screens for Spring 2010!
That's all for today... Thanks to all of you for your regular visits, messages...See ya!
Here we go, May 2009, building the wooden fence...
I've used 180x180cm panels made of autoclaved pine, found at the DIY superstore ; these are thick, with a solid a assembly and stainless screws, while the el cheapo models wouldn't resist more than a week...
The first (and so tedious!) step is to brush two layers of wood surface coating (both sides). Autoclaved or not, pine wood outside wouldn't make it through winter without it (even I live in sunny French Riviera). I'm using V33 coating, said to be guaranteed 8 years. That's free advertising, I'm happy with it for now, we'll see later how it turns out.
The panels are fixed with four 70 x 70mm posts , made of pine wood as well, surface coated the same way as the panels.
As a small 50cm wall was there, I fixed my posts on it, using four 120mm long bolts ; the leftmost and rightmost posts have an additional long bolt at their top, to fix them on their side wall. Sometimes the are some strong winds at my place, I wanted to be sure nothing would move... And, well, I believe this could take an earthquake.
I only have one single picture of the assembly process : bottom left, you can see the column drill I use to drill down really square into the posts ; in the corner, you can see the bottom of one of the posts, drilled, with its four long bolts in place.
The long bolts heads are not directly in contact with the wood, but with a large washer, unless the pressure would make the head go through the soft wood. The bolt head, and its washer, are in a small 5mm deep hole, made with a 35mm drill... Aesthetic detail!
Here we are! It took me way longer than expected, but I really wanted to make sure it would last long. And some details take a looooong time to achieve, like the modification of the left panel : narrowing and notching to deal with the step...
I'm lucky enough, since I moved in (in December 2007), to have a nice terrace, and even a small garden.
But everything here has to be done, nothing has been set up yet.
So, this will be a new topic on ShamWerks : setting up my terrace, this is the "Terrasse Project". (you understood that "terrasse" is the French wording...)
I hope this will give some of you ideas and/or some help.
So, in the beginning, I have a 30m² terrace (4.7m wide per 6.3m long), covered with unskillfully installed concrete tiles (over a sand bed), with a separation from my neighbors' garden made of plastic-reeds-and-wire-mesh-that-fly-away-as-soon-as-there's-some-wind (lovely stuff)...
We get to the terrace via a 5m² loggia, i.e. not enough to make anything of it, specially with its ugly orange shaded tiling...
To plan things, I use Sketchup (as usual - I'm getting good at that soft!), transferring all the measurements, to get an accurate virtual representation of my terrace :
To sum it up : nice place, lots of potential, but nothing sexy either.
The Project :
After putting my brain upside-down for quite a while, trying to put up a project that would be coherent, comfy and trendy, but not cold-designed, easy to maintain, and that would blend nicely with the 30's house facade... I ended up with that :
Compare the pictures with the ones on row above for the "before/after" effect.
This involves several sub-projects, that I will write about in detail in as many dedicated articles :
A wooden fence (to replace the plastic reeds/wire mesh thingy) [edit 20091110 : article is online!]
A Japanese garden, "tea garden" type (tsuboniwa chaniwa) [edit 20091117 : article is online!]
A Japanese garden, "dry garden" type (tsuboniwa karesensui). [edit 20101104 : article is online!]
I hardly imagine what could Armstrong and Aldrin feel, in their uncomfortable space suit, between excitement, fear, concentration, pression of the mission, during the few hours of their extravehicular activities...
To celebrate that anniversary, a beautiful website has been set online, featuring dozens of never seen before pictures (specially of the LEM construction and testings). Hace a look here : WeChooseTheMoon.com. Web site's online for one year, don't miss it!