HandCar Regatta Fun!

What a wonderful day we had in the hot summer sun playing with our favorite friends on the Front Porch. Plenty of Maple syrup and home made ginger beer with cookies right from the oven…Yum! And All the while great bands were keeping our toes tapping.

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Unnecessary Umlaut


These girls played dress up with the Electrobite!


Steve and his gun


Christopher and Tansy in the summer sun watching March 4th play on the bridge


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Electrobite at Burning Man

Sarriugarteis (Odontochile) trilobite


Dust free just out of the truck.


People would walk up and ask if it was remote controlled. When I pointed out the leather seat and the joy stick they couldn’t believe you could drive it. Lots of smiling faces when we let them try it out.


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Burning Man 2009

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Pictures of our week


Kyrsten on her new Electrobite car. This was a huge hit.


What a rocket! the inside was just as nice and the fireworks we saw were over the top Zack!


Day before opening and they are still putting on the finishing touches. Zolie noticed the Monkey’s head didn’t work and impressed most people who didn’t even notice the monkey in the mans tummy.


The porch! We rolled with them most of the week and put on the 1st Steam punk rave Friday night after the rocket.

Pictures of the Steampunk Rave


Electrobite, Snail and the porch


Kids-ville with fresh cookies from the porch


Perez and Sarriugarte Family outing


Houston we have a problem!


DPW parade with a live band on top! We got 19 people in the snail at the end!


Quite the show. I really liked the scale of the Man this year. I hope it keeps getting smaller.


Camp Mates jump for Joy!


Snail Crew stops to enjoy the moon.


Oilpunk Rave with the Hobo Goblins, the Porch and us. John hooked us up with a wireless mic and the snail became the PA for the porch most the week. Thats our spot light as well.

Electrobite progress

Amy’s seat, Kyrsten’s lights, lots of sleeplittle nights and we are done! Off to BM to show it off tonight. I posted more picture to my flickr site. Looking forward to sitting in a chair and drinking beer for a week.



Patina is done and boy does it look great! We always have to pray to the patina gods before , but the problem this time was me grabbing the wrong chemical bottle. Little too brown for Kyrsten’s taste, but beautiful none the less.

Mike came by to wire up the lights last night, and Amy brought by the finnished seat… wow! I’m looking forward to seeing all the parts: eyes, seat, and lights together on the car at once.

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Up till 6am and all the fabrication work is done! Now for the patina, paint and lights.


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Kyrsten’s rivets look great! All the forged textures and hand hammered sheet metal look great together. As I make something this complex it’s some times hard to see ahead to make sure it’s all going to work together. Today was one of those days that I felt it did. Might feel different once I turn it over and start on the tail but today the head worked for me. Kyrsten started on the lighting by building the battery box for the cutest little 12v 7amp hr gel cell. All it’s going to do is run LED so it should last the entire week for Burning Man. Had a minor time set back today when I had to visit the ER to have some metal removed from my eye. It was quiet there and we were back by lunch. Still a bit painful, but eyes heal fast.


sheet metal wood and a hammer


Can’t wait to see Tansy’s eyes in place and Amy’s leather seat!

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Burning Man is Christmas

After years of doing Burning Man I’ve decided it’s the Christmas holiday for bay area artists. We all stress out the weeks before making the perfect artistic gifts, getting the right swag, buying new outfits, deciding who your going to spend it with, prepping the food and drinks, inviting your friends, then loading your car with way more crap then you need and driving way too far to sit, talk, eat and get drunk. You don’t even have to like the holiday, but yet out of tradition and despite your grumpy anti BM ramblings, you participate and go. Then there’s the people who say they are going and then get too busy or something comes up. I look at them and think this is Christmas, why would you work on a holiday? You see I am a burner and here is my art update and just some of the people I will be sharing my holidays with.


Electrobite Horn and eyes

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Tansy forming the eyes for casting


Jon hammering out the panels for the head


Lauren rewiring the Snail


New dash with lots of switches and dials to make Jon happy

Electrobite vs sleep

Who needs sleep. Lots of late nights and things are starting to take shape. After looking though more pictures on flicker trilobite pool I’m going to have to make more of these! One for each one of our family minimum. So many shapes, spikes,.horns, wiggly things, leathery winged horns with multi pitted eyes.


There are going to be lots of jokes about that controllers placement!


The head sheet metal is cut and ready to install. Kyrsten’s patterning and cuts look great.


Here’s the texture were thinking to add to the head.


Kyrsten and Zolie test driving the new controller.

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