Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blading wheels to life

Well phase two is figuring out how to blade the wheels for my wind towers. I figured the simplest and easiest way would be with aluminum tape. After constant thought and looking at the wind towers on Main St. it looked as if aluminum tape is my quickest and easiest option as of now.  Most folks use it for patching up their exhaust on their cars, but it just so happens it worked great for my first round of blading wheels. The blading on the first wheel, a 700 c that isn't pictured, wasn't pretty; but the second wheel, a 26", came out pretty darn nice. I'll be experimenting with different patterns and wheel sizes as I go along. Now to watch them spin!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ride like the wind.

Today starts the beginning of a new phase of a  project I've been working on for some time now, one that is finally taking shape. I have finally erected the first of three wind towers constructed completely out of old bike parts, or objects that would otherwise end up in a land fill (or Kip's garage) that I will be using to harness the power of the wind, hopefully by next year, to use on our property in some way, shape, or form.  I was inspired by the artists of Sculpt-cycle in Montpelier a few years ago who constructed wind mills at the rotary on Main St. that I drive by every day. Slowly but surely I will be building and writing about the process as it moves along.Wind power and the towers we see high on some of the ridgelines here in Vermont have been a very touchy subject the last few years.  Through this art/energy project I'm hoping to learn more about how we as a culture view renewable energy sources visually and economically in our state and in our backyard.

Well, here goes nothing!

Or something?!!

We'll see.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012


No matter how many times I climb to the high peaks of the Franconia ridge, I am always inspired.  This time I had the chance to share it with some old and new friends.  For one friend it was the week before the start of a new chapter in his life, making a commitment to the most important and loving person in his life. 
Here's to Mike and Sofia.