Posts Tagged ‘ Portland

Wow, no trailer?

We are settling in to our somewhat campy (in the outdoor around the campfire sense) life in the early days of occupying our unfinished, but now livable, Bungaloft. The Paperstone counter is in the backyard with trimming, edge finishing and prep for sink cutout underway and everywhere I look there is something large or small demanding attention, but the overall sense is one of a vision coming to fruition. We actually enjoy coming back home from an outing now.

Having yielded a bit of my job list to speed up our preparation for the Green Home Tour, I called upon a neighbor in the building containing my shop to build some of our cabinets. The last of the basic install was completed today as the red-faced (no, not out of embarrassment) cabinets sharing a wall with the opposing Beech and Birch wall unit received most of their finishing touches. We still have to decide on cutout styles for the doors and drawers and a few other details. Mike Schmaltzer of MWS Woodworks did a great job of pulling together my rough ideas for the cabinets.

This addition to the “Command Center” in the kitchen fits nicely with the Bungaloft concept. We’re hopeful that the remainder of the project will continue to feel the same way.

Wow, you mean we don’t have to sleep in the trailer tonight?

bird on a ladder

Quality control inspector

Bungaloft – blending Modernism with Bungalism.

Roll Over America – starting day in Portland

The Roll Over America Velomobile tour began at Salmon Street Springs on the waterfront recently and I had a P.90 to test before shipping it off to Lithuania. So I made a trip over the Morrison bridge to check out the cool collection of human powered three-wheeled vehicles. They are beautifully designed engineering marvels and were arrayed facing the waterfront in front of the fountain.

It was a very bright Portland day and a good crowd had gathered to see the travelers off on their cross-country adventure. Since their departure was emminent, I went to work photographing the riders(?) and their vehicles. There was a real exitement in the air about these Velomobiles that had been shipped from Europe specifically for this event.

Since it was uncharacteristically bright for a Portland day, I enjoyed working at a fairly rapid pace with relatively short pinhole exposures. There were a number of variations on what seemed to be the typical Velomobile design so I sought out a few unusual examples for the photograph above. These are cyclists of course, and they were outfitted accordingly.

I thought about how enjoyable it would be to travel with the group and document their exploits. But I had to settle for serving as an illustration of a “typical” Portland inhabitant with my African Grey parrot Zane on my shoulder and a rather unusual camera on a tripod while another Portland resident explained to the Velocyclist below why Portland was such a great city. The young rider was from the North of England (I unfortunately neglected to get his name!).

Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club

Presentation at the Curiosity club

I had fun doing a presentation for the Curiosity Club at Core77’s HandeEyeSupply store here in Portland. Tobias and Will are producing an always interesting series of talks by local makers, thinkers and tinkerers. They have included presentations by Joey Roth, Nathan Bergey, Amber Case and Aaron Parecki and many others. It is an informal event that is always informative and thought provoking. I highly recommend it for anyone in Portland on the event evenings.

There is a video of the presentation for those with the patience to persist. I am going to put together an annotated version of the Keynote presentation I used that I can post so the mystery projection on the wall from the video can be seen.

If only . . . The Tesla S prototype makes a stop in Portland

Tesla’s new 4-door prototype will be in town. Not for the faint of pocketbook, the car is Tesla’s entry into the competition to introduce electric cars into the mainstream auto market.

The interesting industrial-westside gallery Springbox will be hosting the event.

Visit the Tesla Tour RSVP site if you want to check it out.

Open House Events:
April 23 / 10am to 6pm
April 24 / 10am to 6pm
2234 NW 24th Avenue
Portland, OR 97210

Curiosity Club Tuesday night

I’ll be giving a presentation Tuesday at Core 77’s Hand Eye Supply in Portland.

It’s a great series of talks by makers and thinkers of various stripes.

About the Curiosity Club
Ex Curiositas, Scientia. We pledge to learn with out prejudice in pursuit of our mutual goal; perpetual noviceship. We admit that it is impossible to know everything about anything and thus we remain perpetually curious and perpetually novice. The Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club meets fortnightly on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30. Each meeting of the Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club will contain a 18-28 minute lecture from a speaker who has an area of knowledge that appeals to the curiosity club. The presentation will be videocast on the Core77 blog along with any presentation materials. The series highlights an eclectic group of speakers across a broad range of subjects dictated by our curatorial interests in the areas of Culture, Design, Science, Technology, Art, Fabrication and Design Techniques and Lost Common Knowledge.

The Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is a speaker series hosted by Will Lolcama, Tobias Berblinger and Core77’s Hand-Eye Supply store

Curiosity Club

Blue Moon Camera and Machine customer show

Blue Moon customer show

The Blue Moon Camera and Machine crew has been at it again. Their annual show of customer work unanimously selected by the staff as it comes off the printers in the lab is always great fun. 150ish images displayed in three venues along Lombard in St Johns starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday.

The venues include:

Proper Eats Market and Cafe:        8638 North Lombard Street – 503.445.2007
Anna Bannana’s Coffeehouse:      8716 North Lombard Street – 503.286.2030
Plew’s Brews:                                     8409 North Lombard Street – 503.283.2243

Bundle up and go check it out. It’s even more fun than it sounds.

Thanks to all who attended and submitted work for the Portland Pinhole show. Lot’s of great people were in attendance. If you didn’t make it b for the opening, be sure to mark out some time to stop in – highly recommended!

Portland Pinhole Photographers – Call for Submissions

I am working with Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, Oregon to organize a juried pinhole photography exhibition. We are looking for Portland area artists producing traditional wet process prints from pinhole camera images. See the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for details.

Brian Marki Fine Art is a long-established Portland gallery with a beautiful exhibition space and a dedicated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.

This will be an excellent opportunity for Portland area photographers to show their work during the holiday season.

Pretzels and trains

The new Art-o-Mat machine


Herbert Hoover – Artist – is single-handedly trying to revive the economy (and make up for his famous namesake’s inability to do the same in a previous downturn) by means of his contribution to the Art-o-Mat project.

Lisa and I recently attended an opening event for Portland’s first Art-o-Mat now residing in the Alberta district. Knowing that Herbert was present in spirit, if not in person, we biked over to check out the fancy new member of the Art-o-Mat community.

Our new Art-o-Mat is a bright red hot-rod of a machine with obvious care put into every detail from the nice paint details to the very act of transporting it safely to it’s new home at the Radio Room.

There were a few other people there to check out the new art dispenser and one fine patron at the bar even offered to purchase my token from the bar tender. So off I went – token in hand – to find the object in question.

Sure enough, right there in the first slot, was Herbert’s pewter pretzel. After feeding the token into the magnificent machine, the little white standardized box with Herbert’s custom labeling emerged (from the slot no doubt used in the past for something with a picture of a camel) into the delivery tray below.

The pewter pretzel

The pewter pretzel

Knowing that Herbert’s previous saltine offering find’s life in poses and places throughout the world through his Cracker Tracker website, I figured that this pretzel had something special to offer. So sure enough, as I was off to my shop in “the hole” (home of the P.90 camera) I encountered a common impediment – a freight train heading east along Sullivan’s Gulch. Rather than simply wait for the train to pass as is my usual habit, it occurred to me that the pretzel sitting on the seat next to me might offer a solution. So I put on the parking brake and got out to test my hunch. As you can clearly see from the video below, the pretzel came through in splendid form. Watch and listen closely and you too will find that the pretzel posses the amazing ability to increase the speed of the passing train.

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Reminded that Herbert’s artistic skills also include pinhole photography and pleased with the time-saving benefits of this pewter object, I put the pretzel away and made my way up to the shop to work on the latest production of P.90 cameras.

Architecture on the transit mall

Lisa and I decided one afternoon to check out some of the notable buildings along the newly opened transit mall.

TriMet, the Portland area transit authority, recently opened the new North/South light rail route in the downtown area. After a lengthy period of construction, traffic snarls and businesses struggling to deal with the turmoil, a free-ride day opened the new route.


It is interesting to sense the contrast between the modern electric-powered transit infrastructure and the classically inspired buildings.

Replacing all but one lane of automobile traffic on two major downtown streets is an example of the self conscious decision Portland made about it’s transportation future. And yet it could be argued that Portland’s growing network of light rail is, if anything, a lesson learned from the past.


The sleek new MAX light rail train

There was once an extensive network of electric trolleys throughout Portland. Like so many other American cities, the automobile led to the eventual abandonment of most of that legacy.

It’s perhaps ironic to contemplate the fact that some of the the earliest Portland trolley lines were set up as real estate promotion lines although this is not true of the trolley shown below.

Mt Tabor Trolley -

Mt Tabor Trolley -

The web site has an interesting page of early streetcar history in Portland which includes the photo above – Mt. Tabor Car No. 438 near 65th & Belmont.


Our habit of taking the occasional walking tour of Portland’s architecture was rewarded on this particular day by the beautiful light that often follows a bit of rain while there’s still water on the ground.


I enjoy that brief time between the soft light of a overcast day and the challenging light of a cloudless sky when things seem especially vibrant. We seized the moment and strolled along to take in some less familiar buildings from the city’s past.


Bet even here were reminders of the troubled economy.


It was a nice distraction from the Bungaloft project.

We’re thinking it would be cool to have a small group of people who would like to do architecture walks. Maybe a Meetup group is in the works . . .

Another day . . .

“What fresh hell will be visited upon us today . . . ” Lisa asked as we muddled our way through the morning after I lost the battle to keep the trailer plumbing working. The bitter cold that’s not supposed to happen in Portland had finally worked its way past all my attempts to keep it at bay. Neither our building schedule nor our 5th wheel trailer were prepared for the passage into this kind of winter. OK, how do we do this without water?

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