Watching Punkin Chunkin with my youngest

So to make it real for her and more fun for me, I printed a catapult on my RepRap. That little machine makes TV much more interesting.

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My 3d printer printing out a Catapult.

My 1 year old playing with a catapult during the Punkin Chunkin show! I think she likes it!

Sit STILL kid! I am trying to take a photo of you!

Catapult set all done printing. The really wide brim and several layer tall skirt help me print ABS on glass.

The  wide brim ties all the pieces together and ends up working like a sprue and all the bits stay together! Granted, now I have to cut all the pieces away from the brim.

She loved the feet. Probably because it’s the pieces I handed to her first as they are big enough to not be a choke hazard.

She’s figuring out how to make it work.

A fun toy daddy!

See! I told you we where watching it on TV!

PUNKIN CHUNKIN!!!!!

Interesting recycling use case

Plus, I've spent time in the Dairy mentioned in the article installing new lights in the brine room. It looks like a flat waterslide that the cheese goes around on. That brine is some seriously salty stuff!

http://modernfarmer.com/2013/11/wisconsins-weapon-highway-safety-cheese-brine/

Wisconsin’s Weapon for Icy Roads: Cheese Brine! – Modern Farmer
From backwoods county highways to Milwaukee city streets, Wisconsin road crews will be using a new weapon in the war on winter accidents — cheese brine. B

I have had a belt for over 10 years

It's getting pretty tired. I've been looking for a replacement for about a year, but haven't found one I like at a price I am willing to pay.

So I made one. Tandy leather has a Steampunk Belt Blank. I bought it on their recent 'gold' sale. I also got some neatsfoot oil and black dye to finish the belt.

I dyed it and distressed it so it looks good to me.  All black, subtle tooling, yet some contrast so more than a casual glance will show how awesome the pattern really is.

Now to forge a belt buckle… I love making stuff!

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The parts I bought to make my belt. Oil, Dye, and a belt blank.

2nd round of dying. The deeper stamping is dyed a 2nd time for a deeper color.

You can see how badly stretched my old belt is. It’s necking down in a couple of spots and is just generally tired.

Detail of the distressing vs the straight dyed leather.

First round of dying.

Tried to do a panoramic of my old belt and new belt.

Top to bottom. Old belt, dyed belt end cut, dyed & distressed belt.