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Making Vector Images from Pictures for Vinyl Cutting

In this video I’ll create custom silhouette vector images for use in a vinyl cutter such as the Silhouette Cameo. I walk through the basics on how to do this in Adobe Illustrator.     Tools and Materials (affiliate links): Vinyl Cutter Vinyl Pack Step 1: Find Your Image If you are like me, you probably want things written out instead of watching a video. First, download some pixel image that you want to create into a vector. In this tutorial, we’ll start with an image that is already a silhouette. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for how to create... [read more]

Kitchen Remodel: Black Concrete Countertops

I’ve been wanting to remodel my kitchen ever since I first moved into my house over 10 years ago. I am finally getting around to it, and concrete countertops have been in my idea plan for at least 6 or 7 years. I’ve done a few previous ones for smaller house projects: my Scuplin IPA Utility Sink Counter that I made back in 2015, and first one as a bathroom vanity countertop. I’m building my kitchen in sections, and I got one section installed and was in need of a pair of countertops that sit to the sides of my stove.  Here’s a... [read more]

Kitchen Remodel Progress

My kitchen remodel is going slow, but I finally got to the point where I could install some of the cabinets! Next up will be a concrete countertop.

Video: Waves

Click through to see some waves along Moss Landing

Video: Morro Bay and the California Coast

Here are some aerial drone video shots that I took while we were doing a camping trip down the California coast. These are from a beautiful place called Morro Bay. The waves were really cool, and there is this iconic rock formation right on the coastline.

Video: Big Sur California Coast

Follow through to check out my video on the Big Sur coastline!

Kitchen Cabinets: Introduction and Sketchup

I’m remodeling my kitchen and building new cabinets out of alder wood. I like to remember what I did, so I’ll write up some details for the next wood working project I tackle.  The first thing I did was to use Sketchup to design a 3D model of the current kitchen. This involved taking physical measurements of the room and creating a model of roughly where things were located. Then I started to fill in rough sizes of cabinets as boxes and worked on the face frame design. Here’s one of the first rough renderings I did:   I decided... [read more]

Video: Trout farming in my living room

Trout farming in my living room - click through for the video!

Video: Rockville Hills MUNI – Crazy Mountain Unicycling on a 36″ wheel

Click through to watch the video.

How To: Add a backup camper to a 2012 Ford F-250 Truck

I recently got a used Lance truck camper to be put on my 2012 F250 long bed truck. The F-250 has it’s backup camera in the tailgate and puts the display inside the mirror. The camper I bought had a regular NTSC camera attached to it, and four random wires hanging off the edge. I wanted to get it to work with my truck’s stock rear view mirror display. Here is how to do it, and below are things I discovered that made it take a long time. You could use this same techniques with any off the shelf security... [read more]

Redwood Monkey Brewing: Orangutan IPA – West Coast IPA Recipe

Orangutan IPA by Redwood Monkey Brewing West Coast IPA All Grain Recipe This is an awesome beer and I want to share it with everyone! It is my take on a classic West Coast IPA, but with a little bit less bitterness than you’d normally expect and a touch more citrus thanks to the combination of Mosaic and Citra hops along with a full tangerine during fermentation. Check out the video of me brewing it: 1.062 OG 88 IBUs 7.4 SRM 6% ABV 60% brewhouse efficiency, 5 gallon batch (NOT 5.5!) Grain bill 12 lbs  – 2 Row Malt (Pale... [read more]

Video: How I brew beer in my garage

Check out this video of us brewing beer in my garage.

Video: Tahoe Air

Hey everyone! I'm experimenting with drone footage. I can't wait to combine it with Cyr wheel and unicycling. This is my first mini-short from the drone, called "Tahoe Air".

Video: Alaskan mill used to make oak wood slabs!

Hey guys! In this "adventures of Corbin" episode I'm using my Alaskan Mill to make my own oak wood slabs! Check it out in case you are interested in doing it yourself, as I go over the basics on what I did. A pretty large oak tree fell down on my property last summer, and I wanted to see if I could get some usable wood of it. This is my second time using an alaskan mill, and it is a lot of hard work, but good fun. If you liked the video, subscribe! It encourages me to make more cool films.

Photography: New Mexico Horizons

New Mexico Horizons! We visited Taos, New Mexico for a ski/snowboard trip, but there wasn't much snow. We did an awesome hike around the nearby areas and I took some photos. I’m still working on composition and trying to get lines to be a little more pleasing.

Neato Botvac: A neat idea that will eventually break

I like automated vacuum cleaners. They keep the house looking tidy with minimal effort. Roomba vacuums are the quite popular and have been around for a long time, but they aren’t too smart and do a lot of pecking to find the wall locations. Back 2010  Neato Robotics introduced a more intelligent vacuum that could detect the walls and floor layout, and I thought this was a great idea. I was an early adopter and bought the XV-11 back in August of 2010 for $400. Unfortunately, it had a few technical issues right away, and failed twice. Neato Robotics, located a... [read more]

Photography: The Ghost Ranch Ram

I took this when visiting New Mexico's Ghost Ranch.

Photography: Ghost Ranch White Sheep

Ghost Ranch White Sheep   I’m not super thrilled with the subject’s in this photo; the black and white baby sheep looks out of place and a bit awkward, and I captured a bit of a brown sheep in the far left side. I didn’t want to completely crop out that one as it would have made the composition worse, causing some clipping of the tree. If I only had a sheep dog to direct them to do what I wanted to do! Camera: Lens: Most used lens: Post processing: Lightroom Classic CC

Photography: The Ghost Ranch Green Tree

The Ghost Ranch Green Tree. Well, I'm not really sure of that trees name, but it was pretty green compared to a lot of everything else around. The Ghost Ranch is in New Mexico, and inspired the artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Photography: Ghost Ranch Shining Rock, New Mexico

I visited Taos, New Mexico to do some snowboarding, but there wasn’t much snow. So, one day we drove out to the Ghost Ranch, a few hours away, and I snapped a few pictures. This area inspired Georgia O’Keeffe, and it is easy to see why! Click through to see the photo larger...

Photography: Truckee Airport

Camera: I was on my way to go snowboarding in Kirkwood and stopped by the airport to grab this shot.

Photography: Truckee, Lake Tahoe, California – Russell Valley Sunset

March 2018 Camera:

Video: Grand Canyon + UNICYCLE = Arizona Trail Adventure (Part 3)

Part 3 of our Arizona Trail unicycle adventure. This was some amazing scenery.

Video: The Arizona Trail was HARD on a Unicycle! (Part 2)

Part two of my Arizona Trail adventure!

Photography: Blue Hawaii Sunsets

Blue Hawaii Sunsets - taken in Lahaina when I was doing an extended stay in Maui.

Video: The Arizona Trail on Unicycle (Part 1)

My introductory video about the April 2017 adventure of riding the Arizona Trail on my unicycle.

Photography: Dying VW Bug

  Down by the river off of East Zayante Road in the Santa Cruz mountains is an old VW bug that is slowly rotting away. 

Electric Mini Boat

Electric Mini Boat! My friend Josh at rapid whale came up with this awesome mini boat powered by a 12v battery. Check out more details on his Mini Boat page.

Woodworking: Jewelry Rack

My wife requested one thing for Christmas: a custom made jewelry rack. Originally I was thinking of welding something together out of old gears and sprockets, but the power went out right when I was about to get going on it. Instead, I went outside with the chainsaw to cut up some old wood for the fireplace. One oak tree stump has been rotting nicely and was full of termites. I hacked off a quarter and noticed how beautiful the wood looked, and quickly got inspired to save the wood. I made a few slabs by hand, and then had... [read more]

VFD South Bend Lathe Upgrade: Part 1: Motor and VFD selection

The 110v motor on my SouthBend 13” tool room lathe from the 1950’s is slowly dying. It stalls a lot, and I’m forced to take really light cuts, even in aluminum. It slowly decreases speed after prolonged use and eventually stops. It also usually stalls on start, so I have to give it a starting spin by hand to get it going. I’ve also been a bit unhappy about not having a precise speed control. So, it is time to upgrade! Here’s the original motor installed and after I pulled it out:           It is 1... [read more]

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