It’s time for another episode of coffee talk, with your host…dB.
I think it’s gonna be a long day. I woke up at 2:00am (bed at 11:30), and could not fall back to sleep no matter what I tried. One of those times my mind was racing over several things; from designing and fabricating a coffee roaster in my mind, to new workshop layout and fixtures, to room layouts and paint colors… oh boy.
So I finally got up at 3:30. Worked on a spreadsheet and write up for a potential new business venture for a while. Made an early breakfast of cheese, butter, cucumber, avocado and sesame salt on toast. Finally made my first pot of coffee at about 5:00. Got a chemex from my sister for Christmas. Really enjoying it. Guess its been over a week now. I think I can taste the subtleties a bit more when compared to the french press I’ve used for about 12 years. I sound like a coffee snob, truth is I’ll drink gas station coffee, and quite often do. But I do like the roasting thing. I’ve stove-top roasted so damn many beans for Xmas presents, I guess that’s why building a roaster has been on my mind more than usual, though I’ve been planning one for about a year now. Had a friend who wanted to buy my coffee, but I can barely keep up with my own habit at this point.
Well, today will either bring a nap, or several more pots of coffee, maybe both. Ok, off to work.
A few things I’ve been thinking about thinking about… and the picture has nothing to do with the post. Part of a machine at an old shoe factory. The lighting was good and the shot came out OK on my phone.
So, I’ve been planning a few larger projects/adventures lately. Before I just start posting random pics that appear completely haphazard, I figured I would lay out some things that are on my radar. Or maybe the my posts will make less sense than they would have if I said nothing… because I’ll probably work on all of this and other little projects at the same time. It just seems to be the way i do things, work on a dozen things in my head while I’m doing two or three with my hands.
To do list of bigger things-not necessarily in this order:
Blacksmithing- Something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. I have some old tools that have been in storage at work for years. After talking about metalwork with someone I met for the first time, I was given an anvil. I haven’t seen it, but apparently made its way from Alaska. I need to pick it up soon, a 3 1/2 hour drive from here in upstate NY. Planning a coal forge, but have parts for a gas forge. Not sure what I’ll make other than hot metal.
Coffee Roaster- tabletop mini drum roaster. I have a bunch of the parts including the drum, motors, exhaust fan, and a burner (unless I decide to make my own). I have the layout in my head and may or may not lay it out in the computer. This will just take a bunch of time to fabricate.
Classical Guitar- build 2 classical guitars. One from locally sourced or found wood and one from decent tone woods. My reasoning is, if I do both at the same time, I can practice each step on the inexpensive (free) woods first and hopefully do a better job with the nice tone woods. This one may take a while to gather materials and start.
Well that’s my story. I may or may not stick to it. Feel free to comment or to pass on any advice. If you made it this far… Thanks!