Month: February 2004

Crane on Wheels

Crane

While in San Francisco I noticed a crane working next to our hotel. It was lifting steel up to a building 2 blocks away. The crane and hanging girders had to clear a tall building and the crane driver was operating blind with a radio and two spotters on nearby buildings. It was amazing and I ended up standing there for a few hours watching. Felt like a kid watching trucks, which, in fact I was.

Crane

The most amazing thing was that this entire crane collapsed down into something the size of a large truck (well, it was riding on a large truck) and then, without much fanfare it drove away.

Coppola Building

Walking south from the center of North Beach in San Francisco on Columbus Ave. toward the Transamerica Building one passes by an old, copper-clad building with a restaurant in the ground floor. This building is the headquarters of American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola’s studio.

Coppola Building

His daughter, Sofia Coppola wrote and directed Lost in Translation, which Zoetrope released. IMHO Lost in Translation is one of the better movies relased in the past ten years.

Coppola Building

Old Pottery/Mixed Media

In the old days, a long time ago (1970-1980) I was a potter and made a living selling wares and teaching ceramics. Most of the photos of my work are in slide form and I have not gotten around to scanning them. Here are a few that I have.

Container, Cork, Perlon, side viewThis is a small stoneware “jug” that had a “temoku” glaze on it and was then fired in a wood-fired kiln with salt tossed in (salt fired). At the time I was doing this work I was also getting seriously into rock climbing and I loved all the perlon rope and knots and such. So, I experimented with combining old and new.

Container, Cork, Perlon, top viewThis is a top view of a similar piece, different way of securing the cork. The knot on the underside of the lug slides so that the loop on top loosens and tightens to hold the cork in.

Container, Goretex, PerlonThis piece was raku fired: quickly at low temperature. Being the outdoor type I was eating a lot of dried fruit at the time and had built a fruit dryer to make my own. This new material came out called Gortex and so, I bought a piece and put it on a pot, with some fruit inside, thinking that the way it dealt with water would allow the fruit to dry without spoiling (water vapor would go out, but no air would come in). It didn’t’ quite work that way but I liked the colors. This piece also uses a slider knot to tighten and loosen the perlon cord.