Originally Posted by Allen_Wrench
You folks have so much knowledge and experience, and such great projects started, that I wish I had time and money to just travel all around and help each of you out any way I could. Or at least any way you'd let me.
When the tadpoles hit the road and Annie's fantastic machine is motoring her about, it will be a great day indeed!
I'll speak for myself only but I don't see myself as talented as so many here are.
When I was restoring antique furniture and making reproduction antique furniture from rough drawings and pictures torn from magazines with just the measurements to guide me the people I was working for always were thrilled about what I did other than two people no one could make happy. I guess it's not bad for over 50 years of doing it.
When people told me how pleased they were I was happy that I had fulfilled their dreams but I never saw what I did as anything special. I still feel that anyone could do what I did if they tried.
All that is required is time and patience and a large hole in the back yard to toss the ideas that didn't work into if you can't burn them in the wood stove. Over the years I have been a steady and devoted user of both.
When I saw the first photo of a tri car I was hooked. What a wonderful machine and as I found a few more photos and got a feel for how it was built the builder kicked in and the scale phase kicked in. How long, how wide compared to the length, how big is the passenger seat, how will I fake the small parts were looked at and examined.
We have a motorcycle mad neighbour and when I set the passengers seat on the front of it to see just how it fit he asked just how the %$#& I figured it out then did it. I wish I knew myself at times. I would guess that those of us who do put thing like this together just see things from a different prospective than other people and just build what we see, never seeing what it looks like as we build but we always see the finished product.
It would be magnificent if we could all get together at one time and exchange ideas and build together. When we do Bike Camp in the Birches by the Lake, breakfast, lunch and dinner are spent discussing what the vision is for what we are building and the rest of the day is spent making it happen and staring creatively.
The neighbourhood just wonders how we did it as we go by.