Saturday, January 29, 2011


My boys and I went to a sledding party this afternoon. Before we left,
we built a sled.

Two old 90 cm Rosignol cross country skis, made for the youngest of
skiers, with a spar between them and a plank of oak plywood for a
seat. In front, an old toy-store snowboard. I had to cut a few inches
off one end; the up-curve would have interfered with the "design". The
slab of pine at the front of the snowboard is for your feet. It allows
a certain amount of steering by bearing down on one side or the other
to twist the snowboard.

On the slope she performed fantastically. Not so much faster than
anything else out there today, but oh, what a ride. Smooth like a
Cadillac, she delivered fun to all who rode her. All I wished for was
a warmer seat!

She held together without fault for the whole sledding session, but by
the end, the skis where getting a bit loose. I did not have time to
epoxy them in place – a future upgrade.

Have you ever built a sled?

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Space Needle

The Seattle Space Needle from the LEGO Architecture Series.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Big Head

Thunder Ridge

I went telemark skiing at Thunder Ridge in Patterson NY, yesterday. So
sunny and warm; it was like spring skiing.

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