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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/07/31 - 4:18pm


It aint over till it's over and it's getting worse again.The more people deny and resist - the longer it will last.90,97,77,0,B

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Made to order...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/07/30 - 3:32pm



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The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/07/29 - 3:03pm

Placed along with bronze sugar skulls for sale at the Terlingua Trading Company in the Ghost Town.  Do you ever scan QR codes?  76,82,72,T,B

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coming soon...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/07/28 - 5:11pm
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The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/07/27 - 2:23pm

My 14 year old Ryobi cordless drill finally bit the dust.  It served me well.  Just got this combo for $99 that includes two lithium batteries and a charger to replace it.  I've been wanting an impact driver for a few years ever since I discovered how efficient they are at driving screws.  The king is dead.  Long live the king.  95,101,81,0,B

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Art Auction

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/07/26 - 1:30pm

The final Benita marker is finished.  If anyone is interested, I am auctioning off the test cast to go towards Ben's monthly feed bill.  The marker is 4 1/8" x 6" x 1/4" thick and weighs 1 pound 3 ounces.  Bidding starts at $75.00.  Make me an offer...  95,102 80,0,B

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tit for tat

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/07/25 - 4:07pm

Proverbs 29:27  An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. 

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/07/24 - 2:02pm

The pandemic grew to epic proportions thanks to Covid deniers and it very well could get worse or at the very least, drag on much longer than it should thanks to anti-vaxxers.  In the United States, this pandemic could've been over by now, and certainly would've been by Labor Day.  If the pace of vaccination through the summer had been anything like the pace in April and May, the country would be nearing herd immunity.  With most adults immunized, new and more infectious coronavirus variants would have nowhere to spread.  Life could return nearly to normal.  But unfortunately that is not the case.  Experts list many reasons for the vaccine slump, but one big reason stands out: vaccine resistance among conservative, evangelical, and rural Americans.  Pro-Trump America has decided that vaccine refusal is a statement of identity and a test of loyalty.  In the end, these unvaccinated idiots are inflicting a preventable and unjustifiable harm upon family, friends, neighbors, community, country, and planet. 

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A week of casting...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/07/23 - 4:48pm

From the video description: Had a bit of trouble getting a cast I was happy with. Five pours over five days. It is difficult to see in the videos but I was losing detail in some of the letters in the first 4 castings. Mostly it was an issue of not enough pressure to give me the detail I was looking for in the letters. The final pour worked because I had a good runner and gates, just the right amount of metal, and I screwed the mold halves together so the pressure couldn't push them apart. Did a finishing, acid etch, and patina test on one of the duds - and it looks very promising. 92,98,78,0,B
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Fifth time's a charm...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/07/22 - 4:03pm

Finally got a cast I'm happy with.  Just as well that I had some duds.  I will be using the flawed ones to test final finishing methods.  Video of all 5 castings tomorrow.  89,95,76,0,B  

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Forth dud...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/07/21 - 4:21pm  The problem with this one was I didn't account for the extra metal I poured by adding extra weight on top and the additional pressure actually separated the two halves of the mold a little causing the flashing around the edges from metal seeping out, which in turn caused some loss of detail again (and some fire).  Pour number five tomorrow - with extra weight to keep the mold tightly pressed together.  (Note:  The casting looks silver because this is right after the pour before quenching it.  It magically turns gold once it is dipped in water to cool.)   88,97,74,0,B 

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Third dud...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/07/20 - 4:43pm

Very close.  Runner and gates are good - just need a little more molten metal for pressure to get to all the letters (lost some detail in the bottom right corner).  Cast number four tomorrow.  I may sell the test casts if anyone is interested.  How much would you pay for one of them...?  91.94,74.0.B 

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2 duds...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/07/19 - 4:49pm

I've cast the Benita marker twice now and both are close, but not quite enough detail in all the lettering to suit me.  So I am going to try a third casting tomorrow.  88,97,79,0,B

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the foolish and weak...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/07/18 - 2:04pm

1 Corinthians 1:26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: 'Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.'

Paul shows that God was pleased to save those who believed the "weak and foolish" gospel of Christ crucified. In fact, God intentionally chose those who were weak and foolish in the world's eyes to believe the "weak and foolish" gospel of Jesus. In this way, God will shame the supposed wisdom and strength of all those high-status people who have rejected faith in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:26–31). 

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Ready for a test casting...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/07/17 - 6:27pm



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running water...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/07/16 - 5:05pm

Doing a little plumbing job in a house on a hill.92,97,74,T,B

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a grave project...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/07/15 - 5:19pm
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another rooted cutting...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/07/14 - 3:42pm



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Which one of these is not like the others...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/07/13 - 3:34pm

Looks like someone's burro ran away or was turned out.  I posted a picture on Facebook and no one has stepped up to claim this critter.  This odd one out was very tame and allowed me to get close enough to hand feed it.  Some people out here are really bad about being responsible for their livestock.  Occasionally someone decides they want a burro only to discover how much trouble and expense they can be and simply turn them loose.  87,91,71,0,B

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Hypertufa Planter Workshop and Demo this Sunday

Home Grown New Mexico - Tue, 2021/07/13 - 6:13am

NEXT EVENT: This Sunday is going to be exciting to learn how to make these unique planters at this outdoor event. Not too late to sign up!

Sunday, July 18, 2021
12 noon to 2 pm

Hypertufa Planter Workshop & Demo

Get ready for planting with these easy to make and durable plant pots that will look great in your garden and last for years. These rock-like pots are wonderful for displaying rock-garden plants. They look like stone, but weigh less and can take whatever shape you want.

Instructor: Bob Zimmerman and Chris Salem
Location: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members



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