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The First Photo Shoot

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Brad and Manuel preparing the next victim.
Jean Anne and Brad hard at it.
Jean Anne & Brad
"Journey" before it was finished. Boy, was this a challenge to capture!
"Luck Dragon" in the limelight.
Manuel & Luck Dragon
Jean Anne and Brad analyzing the technical aspects of this project.
Photo Shoot 2

The First Photo Shoot

For our first photo shoot we were fortunate enough to have Jean Anne Bybee agree to make the journey down to the Hill Country from the Dallas metroplex. Jean Anne has a right arm and his name is Brad Rogers. Together they make quite the team – they have the latest equipment and certainly do know how to use it. We can’t thank these two enough for all their time and efforts. Some beautiful images of our artwork were the result of their weekend visit and you’ll be privy to many of those images on our website. Check out some of the images above that I took during the photo shoot that was very entertaining and educational.

Two hoists should make it easier to handle the larger works
Manuel and Cecilia working on some more table frames.
Manuel & CJ
Me welding wheels on our tables.
Meg Welding the Wheels
Our new Victor rig
New Victor Rig
Manuel working on a stand for the railroad iron for Cecilia's hammering station.
Building On Track
Our pride and joy, the new 3-in-1 Shear-Brake-Roll. You should have seen Cecilia & I and unloading this 1,200 lb. piece of equipment!
Shear Brake Roll Arrived
The security system...
Security System in Place

Fitting out The Lab

With the shop completed, the job of gathering tools and materials began in earnest. RC kindly left behind some purlins to make tables, and a welder (until we could get one of our own) and grinders that were easy to use for smaller hands. Our wonderful worker Manuel pitched in and we all got stuck in building tables, a hammering station, shelves & racks. John Gallagher appeared with a trailer load of timber (mahogany, long leaf pine, locust, maple, etc), boats and some old masts, all of which will be invaluable in future projects. A number of trips to the metal and scrap yards and we now have an impressive array of materials for our artists.

Thank you RC, John, Manuel and all of those who helped us get up and running.

RC, Backhoe Bob and the lads break ground in preparation of pouring the slab.
1 Breaking Ground
The first load of concrete is poured.
2 Pouring the Cement
Preparing to raise the first section of roof.
3 Preparing the roof
So, here it is - the first section being secured in place.
4 Raising the Roof
Look at the SIZE of this thing. Well, we are in Texas after all...
5 Taking Shape
Speaking of Texas - we all know how toasty it gets here in the summer, don't we. Well, the foot of insulation helps one heck of a lot!
6 Insulation
As a lot of sparks fly around this place, the galvanized metal walls protect against fire.
7 Liining

Construction of the Fe29 Art Lab

What would we have done had we not run across RC Crawford and his Texas Iron Buildings?  We cannot thank you enough RC, for the wonderful “Art Lab” that you built for us. We just LOVE it! As does everyone that stops in. You built a good, solid shop for a reasonable price and we all enjoyed the process.  You were a pleasure to work with and we’re certainly glad to call you our friend.

Check out a few of the images above that I took during the construction. I wish I could figure out how to resize and include a short video or two, as RC’s patented method of “raising the roof” is something to behold. He uses a come-along on the four corners of each section of roof and ratchets the completed section, along with insulation, up to the top. Let me tell you – this man is really something!

OK, well there are a few others we would like to thank. Like Manuel Perez, who labored under difficult and uncomfortable circumstances to put the second layer of insulation in the ceiling and walls = 12 inches in total so we can all stay comfortably even in the hot Texas summers. Then came Brian Collins, who (with Manuel’s assistance) worked around everybody to create a wall separating the main shop from a climate controlled finishing room; install the metal lining on the walls (so sparks won’t be a problem),  the power (with outlets every 5 foot along every wall) , and 8 T8 lights. Oh and of course we shouldn’t forget the recycled double glazed low-e doors that he re-purposed for windows and the VERY large insulated door donated by a friend that Brian used to create a pocket door between the two rooms. Last but not least we need to thank Manuel again for his efforts to install the two hoists on the I-beam way up there. That was of course after Jim Miller has welded (oh such beautiful welds) the hoists to the trolleys.

So Thank You RC, Brian, Manuel and Jim. We just love our new workshop.

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A Logo for Fe29 Thanks to Michael Karshis

After settling on a name that represented who we were, we then needed a logo to convey the image we wanted. Cecilia contacted designer H Michael Karshis who presented us with a number of wonderful options. We just loved this clean, and easily recognizable logo that works whichever way it sits, offering so many opportunities for the future. Thank you Michael, we LOVE it!