Over the course of the school year, I decided to make two plaques, one for Dan, and one for Ping and Qing. I used the laser cutter that we have in the Fab Lab at Hawken. Basically, it etches an image into wood, metal, plexiglass... etc. For this project, I used two pieces of nice plywood. First I made a "mock-up" on the computer, and then I cut it. Finally, I gave Dan his when I was in Philadelphia earlier this winter. I shipped Ping and Qing's to their daughter Jane who resides in California. It felt really awesome to give something back to them because they took me under their auspices last summer. Here are some of the production photos of the process of making the plaques.
Recently, I have been in communications with Ping and Qing's daughter, Jane. Just to refresh everyone's memory, Ping and Qing are the Chinese couple that accompanied me on my bicycle tour this summer. Jane mentioned that her parents had some pictures that they wanted to send me, and I agreed. Here they are!
ohh what a time it has been! I have not updated the blog since the end of summer. You could say to me, "sheesh"! Over the past few months, several mini-adventures have been had, in addition to maintaining the regular school schedule. From the end of summer, I dived into the rigors of the Hawken School. What was more of a challenge was adventuring during the school session. I started out the year with a job opportunity of sorts. The proprietors of shops and venues on the arts district "Waterloo" that is near to my house recieved grant opportunities. Cindy, the owner of Beachland Ballroom, decided to use her grant to purchase two pedi-cab like contraptions. I call them "rickshaws". I was approached about driving one of these rickshaws, and I agreed.
What a blast! I will be continuing as a rickshaw driver in the spring as well. Along the vein of work, I have recently started dishwashing / butchering / learning at Ohio City Provisions, one of Cleveland's first all local butcher shops. All of the meat comes from a farm in Wilmot, Ohio, a town that I had the privilege of biking through on my way back from Columbus. It is an excellent learning opportunity for me to increase my knife skills, and learn a bit about butchering from some of Cleveland's top chefs. My friend Matt and I labored on the "estate", as we call it (I.E. Grandma's house), woodsplitting, and driving the lawnmower. One of my New Year's resolutions is to be more dedicated to updating the blog. Let's see how it goes.