Sunday, February 18, 2018

Winter 2018

I really love where I live, but I do find the Winters rather long.  Last year, I built a new garage/shop and this winter, I have really been able to take advantage of it.

To pass the time, I have been building some furniture and some small woodworking projects.

Large Computer Desk with Bamboo Top

Small Cedar Computer Desk

I have also been designing and building Growler Boxes and Beer Caddies for craft beer.  There have been several designs that I have been working on.  I have given a few away to friends and they seem to really like them.

First Growler Box

Second Growler Box Design

The beer caddies for bottled and canned beer have gone through a few design iterations.  I experimented with  different styles of sides, open sides and solid sides.

Open Side Beer Caddy

Closed Side Beer Caddy

For finishing, I used a Minwax Walnut Stain and several coats of Minwax Polyurethane.  I am very pleased with the results.

Finished Products

Another touch that I added was bottle openers from Lee Valley Tools.  They add a rather nice feature to the beer caddy. 

I made a couple for one of my work colleagues and as a result, several more have been requested.  This past weekend, I did a limited production run.

Third Growler Box Design

We still have to get through the rest of February, March and April and I am hoping for an early riding season this year.  Every once and awhile, I pull the covers off the bikes just to take a look!

Hibernation Mode

I suspect that I will have a few more projects as I wait for Winter to pass.  Looking forward to the 2018 MC season!  Stay safe!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Favorite pics - 2017

Here are some of my favorite pics from the 2017 Motorcycle Season...enjoy!

MotoGP 2017
MotoGP - Circuit of the Americas, Austin-Texas

Marc Marquez
2017 MotoGP Champion - Marc Marquez, Circuit of the Americas

Ducati Island, Circuit of the Americas, Austin-Texas

Moto2 - Circuit of the Americas, Austin-Texas

MotoGP Paddock
Paddock - MotoAmercia Superbike, Circuit of the Americas, Austin-Texas

Arch Motorcycle
Arch Motorcycle - Circuit of the Americas, Austin-Texas

St. Lawrence Seaway
MC Trip 2017 - St. Lawrence Seaway

Tête d'Allumette Microbrasserie, Saint-André, QC

Long Sault Parkway
Long Sault Parkway, Ontario

Fort Wellington National Historic Site - Prescott, Ontario

Motorcycle History Museum
musée L'Épopée de la Moto, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec

MC Shop
musée L'Épopée de la Moto, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec

Barn Find
musée L'Épopée de la Moto, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum
MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, Kingston, Ontario

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Mt. Katahdin
Mt. Katahdin Scenic Overlook, I-95, Maine

2009 Buell 1125R
My 2009 Buell 1125R

Fall Ride
My 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide

Fall Ride
Fall in New Brunswick 2017

Fall in New Brunswick 2017

Fall in New Brunswick 2017

Blueberry Fields in the Fall
Blueberry Fields in the Fall (2017)

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale
Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale

Lord's Cove
Lord's Cove, Deer Island, New Brunswick

Daisy - October 2017!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Garage

Happy New Year 2017!

I have not written a blog post in some time.  In fact, my last blog post was about my summer ride to Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.  My professional life and my personal life have been very busy!  No need to speak about my professional life, but in my personal life my time has been taken up by the construction of a new garage/shop.

I have been toying with the idea of building a garage for several years and this summer I finally made the decision to move forward with the construction of a 24"x 24" garage.  The pics below show the progress from start to finish.

Site Work

Footing and Frost Wall


Insulation and Vapor Barrier

Interior Finishing


The Bikes!


I finished the interior with tongue and groove spruce boards and I am very pleased with the look. There are three coats of polyurethane on the ceiling and walls.  I installed lots of electrical 120V (every 6 feet around the perimeter) and a couple of 220V receptacles.

For heat, I went with a Quadrafire Classic Bay Pellet Stove.  It provides all kind of heat and so far, I am very happy with the performance.

I find the winters long in our part of the World and the new garage/shop will provide me with a place to work.  Now, I have to find a project!