Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6,560 pounds down...

2,240 to go.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

pour test...

Did a little pour test yesterday with one bag of quickcrete to see how well the new gennie and mixer worked...and to see if I have enough concrete to do the whole pour.  Gennie and mixer worked fine.  Was hoping one bag would fill 1.5 blocks plus 3 inches above to fill the forms.  Came up a little short so I ordered 30 more bags yesterday afternoon and they were delivered this morning.  Now I am sure all is good to go for pour day next Monday.  73,75,39,0,B

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Let no man despise thee...

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

a new clock

This one is a lot more involved.  5 parts of 30 printed so far.  70.81,53,0,B

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

another day...

New (lighter) generator for the jobsite arrived today.  Got a wild hair and picked up a couple of tomato plants for the greenhouse-turned-junkyard last trip to Alpine.  It has been a number of years since I cultivated aphids, whiteflies, and hornworms... 59,78,71,0,W

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Taste and See

Psalms 34: 1 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019


Had some Field Lab visitors today...Drew, Sara, and 4 year old Zach.  Zach became quite interested in stacking up my cinder block cut pieces.  I think this kid has a future in construction...  75,83,45,0,B

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Finished and tested the actuator mechanism for the clock.  Amazing how well things fit together when they are modeled in software at .1mm tolerance.  Also got the sound module today for playback of Chupa crowing for the clock alarm.  Micro switches coming Friday.  42,50,31,0,B

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sunday, March 3, 2019


2 Peter 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

more clockwork

Ran a test overnight with the Chupa Clock. Over the course of 8 hours, it was only 2 minutes fast. Funny thing is - it woke me up at 5:07 AM when it stopped ticking as the counter weight reached the floor. I suddenly came up with the brilliant idea to add a settable alarm feature to the clock using a sound module with a recording of Chupa crowing (parts ordered). I miss hearing him crow in the morning.  Since I was up early, I printed a new part to make rewinding easier and few other cosmetic enhancements.  Video when it's completed.  78,88,48.0.B

Friday, March 1, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

final squaring

Finally got the rest of the foundation squared up perfectly so I can finish the forms and start pouring concrete. I found that the west end (far side) had to shift about 2.5" to the north (right).  Video tomorrow.  72,85,54,0,B

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Chupa Motto...

A little customizing for the clock...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Site

The work is hard - but at least the view is nice...

Monday, February 25, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

the clock is close...

Pulley bearing and counterweight for the 3D printed clock.  How many pennies?  Video Monday.  59,65,40,0,W

Friday, February 22, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

close to home...

The wildflower season is going crazy out here...most I have ever seen in 11 years.  I even have a stray bluebonnet growing on my road.  65,72,45,0,B

Wednesday, February 20, 2019



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

like clockwork...

I have always been fascinated by clock mechanisms and time measurement.  As a kid I was always taking things apart to see how they worked and I must have disassembled at least 20 clocks.  When I was a teenager, I tried making one from scratch - cutting the gears by hand with a jig saw.  I could never get the gears to mesh right.  I also spent countless hours trying to assemble a paper clock and never quite got that to work either (I still have it in a box somewhere in one of my shipping containers).   I recently found several 3D printable mechanical clocks at Thingiverse and chose the simplest one to try first.  If that works out, I will try some of the more complex ones.  53,63,44,0,B

Monday, February 18, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Create in me a clean heart...

Psalm 51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chupa Merch

I miss my old buddy and if you do too, Chupa mugs and tshirts will be available again from my online store starting Monday.  A limited/numbered edition of BE LIKE CHUPA sterling silver coins will be available this summer.  78,83,55,0,W

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fresh from the West Point Mint...

My modest yearly investment just arrived...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


8 PM and still no Fed Ex.  I really need that water level...  61,66,33,0,C

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Matthew 13 : 9 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!"10 His disciples came and asked him, "Why do you always tell stories when you talk to the people?" 11 Then he explained to them, "You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. 12 To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I tell these stories, because people see what I do, but they don't really see. They hear what I say, but they don't really hear, and they don't understand. 14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: 'You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning. 15 For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes -- so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.'

Saturday, February 9, 2019


to clean the kitchen.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Leveling cinder blocks...

video monday

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


3D print of a detail of Mary from Michelangelo's Pieta.  Three inches tall / 4.3 meters of filament / 4 hour print time.  74,81,47,T, W

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

All good things must come to an end...

Had some errands to run in Alpine yesterday.  Over the years, I have left Chupa out during the day hundreds of times to guard the estate and he has always been there to attack unannounced visitors and greet me when I came home...but not yesterday.  No sign of what happened - no blood, no feathers, no Chupa.  I guess we'll never know - but I suspect fowl play by a predator who got lucky.  Chupa was a good egg...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Atheist Meme

A "Facebook friend" posted this meme this morning.

This was my reply:
"This argument is incredibly flawed and is just another lame attempt by atheists to vilify Christianity.  Abortion as a means of contraception and helping fellow humans are both "religious concerns", but simply allowing people to circumvent the law when it comes to immigration has nothing to do with the argument.  However, when you flop the meme - the argument becomes valid."

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

truck gear...

I sold the old rack I had for my truck last year before I knew I would be back in the contractor I bought another one.   I sold my trailer too but that isn't an issue because I wouldn't be able to get it in and out of the job site anyway.  All the building materials will have to be delivered here because I knew since the beginning that the McCoys truck wouldn't be able to get in and out of the job site either.  53,58,37,0,B

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

the traditions of men...

        Beware lest any man spoil you
       through philosophy and vain deceit,
      after the traditions of men,
      after the rudiments of the world,
      and not after Christ.
   Colossians 2:8

Saturday, January 26, 2019


A lithophane (French: lithophanie) is an etched or molded artwork in very thin translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source.  More recently lithophanes have been made with the use of CNC  machines and 3D printing.  Watched a couple of tutorials on YouTube and thought I would give it a shot.  The software tells the printer to print the light areas in a thin layer and the darker areas progressively thicker.  57,62,33,0,C

Friday, January 25, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

there is always time...

Someone contacted me this morning who wanted to buy 4 coins ASAP even though I have sort of closed down the mint for now.  Decided I could squeeze some pours in today.  The 3D printer just paid for itself...  54,67,30,0,B

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

gravel delivery....

I know it just looks like dirt...but this is Terlingua "sandy gravel" thanks to Bryan of Dig Terlingua - video Friday.  Foundation materials being delivered next week.  52,60,30,0,B

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

last silver for awhile...

Just finished another order of AA desire chips for the client who prompted me to figure out how to successfully cast these.  Now that they are done and I know the 3D printer will work for me printing masters of my own design to cast from - the Field Lab mint will be on the back burner for the coming months as it's time to shift gears and put on the tool belt.  Six yards of gravel is coming for the construction site tomorrow and foundation materials will be delivered early next week so it's time to go into building mode.  55,66,60,0,W

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

beliefs and facts...

Satan is the master of deception.  Don't be fooled into thinking that "religion" is just an errant belief system because it isn't based on scientific fact.  The problems of the world stem from Satan's influence causing people to delight too much in earthly pleasures and hardening the hearts of those who come up with any number of reasons to deny God so they may continue to pursue only the things that make them feel good with the foolish belief that there will never be consequences for their actions.  Once you accept Christ, The Holy Spirit guides you "to be in the world but not of the world".  Once we are saved and belong to God, the Spirit takes up residence in our hearts forever, sealing us with the confirming and assuring pledge of our eternal state as His children.  The Spirit's presence within us enables us to understand and interpret God's Word - revealing in our minds the whole counsel of God as it relates to worship, doctrine, and Christian living.  He is the ultimate guide, leading the way, removing obstructions, opening the understanding, and making all things plain and clear.  He leads in the way we should go in all spiritual things.  Without such a guide, we are all apt to fall into error and become slaves to earthly pleasures and Satan never lets up on anyone - especially those who have accepted Christ.  

One can experience the presence of The Holy Spirit just as one can experience earthly pleasure... and that is a fact.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Six years ago, my friend Geraint Warrington was the man behind the camera on the very first episode of Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild shot here at The Field Lab. They just wrapped episode #50 in the Sahara Desert.  I imagine they have been to far more exotic locations than my little lump of SW Texas...  62,70,43,0,C

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

the first psalm...

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

first cast...

First test cast from a 3D printed master - came out to be 36 grams of fine silver.  A little rough...but I think it's going to work.  I kinda rushed packing it in the casting sand (I mistakenly used Petrobond instead of Delft clay) just so I could get a pour done today and see what I need to refine.  To be honest, I really didn't think it would come out this good so I am pretty pleased with the results.  It has taken quite a bit of work just to get a master that I could successfully remove after packing it into the casting sand.  57,64,38,0,B

Friday, January 11, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

bed in a box...

Been having lower back pain issues for the past month so I thought I might try a new mattress.  Unfortunately, I couldn't 3D print one...  51,60,48,0,B

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

more testing...

The number of configuration settings available for 3D printing is mind boggling.  Finding the right combination is a real challenge.  60,73,39,0,B

Monday, January 7, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019


1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

the first test...

Did the obligatory first test print today from the pre loaded file on the SD card that came with the new 3D printer.  Figured it would be a good idea to really put the printer through its paces for this first run.  Fortunately, everything worked fine and the print came out quite nice.  The vertical structures are support for overhangs and peel off easily.  It took 5 hours and 31 minutes to print out this silly object but at least I know there aren't any major issues with the printer or how I assembled it.  Good thing I bought a full spool of filament because the little sample they included with the printer isn't nearly enough to print this.  62,70,27,0,C  

Friday, January 4, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New opening...

The new 3D printer got bogged down in bad Texas weather so it won't show up till tomorrow.  Worked up my new title sequence with new music for this year's YouTube videos.  48,56,21,0,B