All posts in 2021

Site Prep – The Truckee Workshop Garage Part 4

At this point I was waiting for my permit application to be reviewed, but I could start doing some general site preparation. The site had a huge pile of construction wood from when the house... [read more]
Woodworking

The Overall Process – The Truckee Workshop Garage Part 3

Check out my previous article where I discussed how I got plans for my workshop. I want to go back a bit and discuss the overall top level process for getting an owner-builder permit. When... [read more]
Woodworking

Getting Plans – The Truckee Workshop Garage – Part 2

Previously, I discussed some of the initial workshop layout in part 1. The Truckee area gets a lot of snow which limits the construction season. This greatly affected my decision on how to get the... [read more]
Woodworking

Workshop and Woodshop Design – The Truckee Workshop Garage – Part 1

We live near Lake Tahoe, California in a town called Truckee. When we bought the house it didn’t have a garage, and I was perfectly fine with that. I knew I wanted to have a... [read more]
Woodworking

3D Artwork: Faux Watercolor Tree

I stumbled across a Blender tutorial where Diego Gangl created a faux watercolor texturing technique in Blender. It is amazing! I decided to take the effect and apply it to a generated tree using the... [read more]
General
macOS Monterey

macOS 12 Monterey and User Interface Inconsistencies

Details matter, but they are getting lost. At Apple I worked on the main User Interface (UI) framework called AppKit for about 13 years. I would help enforce UI consistency in applications by logging bugs... [read more]
Apple, Cocoa, Coding

3D Artwork: Tree with Pink Cube

I’m playing around with tree generation using Blender with the Sapling plugin. I first traced the outline of a maple tree and used it as a leaf instance. The tree plugin has a ton of... [read more]
General

3D Artwork: Bonsai Tree with Blender

I’ve been working on learning Blender, a free open-source 3D program available for macOS, Windows and Linux. I have a lot of goals with learning it, but the main thing is just to have fun.... [read more]
General

Video: How to Shift Gears on a Unicycle!

I have been riding a geared unicycle since around 2006 or 2007. At that time Schlumpf Innovations partnered with Kris Holm Unicycles to develop a shiftable geared unicycle hub. Florian Schlumpf already had a regular... [read more]
Unicycling

Pt1: Timber Framed Greenhouse Design

I’ve been fascinated with timber framing since I learned about the concept about a year ago. We have a lot of trees on our property and I’m planning on building a greenhouse utilizing traditional timber... [read more]
Woodworking

The Duality Unicycle Handle – Part 2 Strength

This is a continuation of the last post introducing the project. This project isn’t done (it isn’t strong enough), but feel free to play with things and download the files. I uploaded the latest STL,... [read more]
Unicycling

The Duality Unicycle Handle – Part 1

Last year I ventured into the world of 3D printing when one of my friends gave me an old Airwolf 3D printer. It required a lot of tinkering to get good prints, and I learned... [read more]
Unicycling

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