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.
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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.
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.
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!