As some of you might know, I've been working on a 'secret project' for quite some time. I announced not long ago that I was in the finishing stages and should be posting something 'soon'.
Well, the finish I'm attempting has been getting the better of me for almost a month. (I took on too large a project, and too complex a finish...but that's another story that I'll get into when I finally get to post the actual project thread).
To help me get over the challenges/problems I was having, tod was kind enough to allow me to bring the project to Arkansas and help me. I was hoping that we'd be able to make progress and I'd be heading home with a 'mostly' finished project. Tod had (almost) the same expectations.
But...as Frank F. has mentioned, the weather in the Ozarks has been abnormally cold. No, make that DOWNRIGHT FRIGID! In fact, it was so cold that lacquer wasn't drying!
I spent eight days braving the frigid temps in tod's shop...learning from a master. We didn't get anywhere near the amount of work done that we had hoped for. But seeing and working with a master was WELL worth the discomfort! What I learned in terms of technique and finesse is something that I couldn't have paid for elsewhere!
Anyway, here's proof that it happened:
Sorry for the pixelated areas of the photos...but I'm not giving anything away before I'm ready...
Here's another shot. This one is where tod was showing me the proper way to test fan pattern from the gun, as well as proper viscosity of the mix in the gun:
In case anyone doesn't realize it, that was a joke. Tod and I were discussing the actual flammability of lacquer and thinners. I've been...to say the least...afraid of lacquer. Tod was explaining that it wasn't anywhere near as flammable as I thought it was. To prove his point, he squirt the mix of lacquer and thinners in the gun directly into the open flame of the propane heater in his shop.
After I recovered and stood up from my hiding place behind the bench, I asked him to do it again. When I saw it I thought I just HAD to get a shot of that...so he was more than happy to do another demonstration for me.
Kids, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME!
All in all, it was a GREAT week or so...in spite of the unbelievably frigid weather...and inhumane hours. It was averaging 10-12 degrees at 4 in the morning when tod and I were driving to his shop. I still wouldn't trade that week for anything. No surprise, tod is an even better teacher in person than he is on here.
- Marty -