Leo and I when he came to visit. We were goofing off, but there's something called 'pair programming' that, apparently, really looks like this. Most of our programming happened thousands of miles apart after our kids went to bed.
Remember those posts in 2012 where I wrote about something called SparkMade? Well, since then I learned web design and my friend (and legitimate software engineer) Leo and I built it and it’s where the Boiler is now available: sparkmade.com.
When we were kids, we spent long hours in Leo’s basement on AOL chatrooms and a young web to the sounds of midi-grunge and his dial-up modem. We were always working on something – school projects, a band, things involving fire. Then we went off to different colleges, where I studied philosophy and he studied engineering. We stayed good friends – he was a groomsman at my wedding – and we would catch up every six months or so with two-hour-long phone calls. But it’s been a long time since we made something together.
Boilerwerks has always been a solo project. This was partly out of necessity – I put the lathe up on my back porch during law school when most of my friends were, you know, studying law. But it was also partly by design – I wanted to see how many new things I could learn and it was just easier as one.
But most of the other things I’ve done in life have been as part of a team, and I’m really glad to be working that way again. Especially with Leo. I think we both hoped we’d be able to work together again, and now we are. It just took 15 years to get back around to it.
Something I designed. Still adventure, but more literary than outdoor. :)
The blog has been quiet for the past few months because, well, I had a son, and I’ve been spending most of my time ogling over him. One other thing I did was put the fantastic tools at TechShop Pittsburgh to work making him a first present. It’s been hanging in his bedroom for a couple months now and it came out better than I expected. So I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign on Monday to make more of them available.
In a way, it’s a departure from the hiking equipment I’ve been making thus far. But it’s still about adventure, and things that don’t come easy but are worth the reward. I’ll still be making hiking stuff, but now I’ll be making this, too.
If you’re interested, I strongly recommend signing up for the mailing list. As with everything, that’s where I’ll send a note as soon as this is up. And the campaign has some incentives for early backers.
I’ll have more details on Monday. But this is cool, right?
Golly I love lasers. This one is 80 watts of pure joy.
Something awesome happened on March 2 – a TechShop
came to Pittsburgh. For those who may not know, TechShop is a place where members can use all kinds of awesome tools they could scarcely otherwise afford. It also has a bunch of cool people doing interesting things with those tools, but it also has those tools. Laser cutters, CNC routers, a CNC mill, a waterjet cutter, an injection molder. Effing awesome. Worlds away from a lathe on a porch
I’ve been in love from day one and am now spending most work moments I’m not fulfilling Boiler orders developing something very different, but also very cool. I should have something to share very soon.