Just a small sample of what we were up to yesterday. Took some crossties and had them cut into boards 1-3/16” and 2+” thick Dried they should be 1” and 2” boards.
White oak (on the right), red oak (not pictured) and an interesting piece of sycamore (on the left) with a beautiful grain to it. Getting ready to take Rail Yard Studios into a new phase.
Look for the video of us with the woodmizer that was used to plank these bad boys - if I can ever get tumblr or youtube to take it.
Built by Genuine Railroaders
Caught this shot of 30+ year veteran railroader Bobby Sheffield sanding away on a hickory timber. He’s gained a whole new appreciation for the timbers after spending most of his life just throwing them in and driving a spike in ‘em.
Amazing People Saying Very Flattering Things
The fact that we get to spend so much of our time doing things that we really enjoy like working with steel, wood and some serious power tools is oftentimes reward enough. But when some great folks take notice of us, well it’s just plain exciting and makes us blush.
I’m terribly jealous of Molly Rigoloso living in NYC (one of my favorite cities). She gave us an amazing post in her blog Mr. & Mrs. Rigoloso in detail after she caught wind of what we are doing. Molly, I hope you have a comfy couch for us to crash on when we come to visit.
And then, Molly shared the story with her friend Paula in Birmingham (we like it when folks share). Well, it turns out Paula has the blog Two Ellie and she also decided to favor us with an wonderful post.
No wonder our ears were burning today with these kind folks talking about us.
Waterjetted Random Shapes
Hmmmmm. These were done by a thin jet of water laced with granite dust that can cut through 5” thick steel. Now that gives me some ideas.
These are two of my most favorite timbers to date - two BEAUTIFUL pieces of hickory. Planning to pair these with L&N (Louisville & Nashville) rail actually bearing the L&N name and the manufacture date of 1902 - extremely rare and part of a special limited edition series. If you are interested, let me know. This will be a very exclusive run.
We are headed for Chicago December 1-4 for @RailYardStudios to exhibit at our very first juried show! Hang on, it is going to be a wild ride between here and 2012!
Not the usual Rail Yard Studios fare, but could not resist showing these off. My soon to be 8 year old daughter wanted an Angry Birds party, so we made these up for a little game of bean bag toss. Knock the pigs over and they explode. Just for fun. Not taking orders.