Category Archives: Stuff I made

Flying Canoe Part 2: Aftermath

The worst thing about the Flying Canoe is that I’ve basically never been there. Every year I get there before it starts, play for four hours, finish breaking down long after it’s finished, and then I do the same thing … Continue reading

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Cold Weather, Métis Dancing and Problem Solving

For the past couple years in February my family and I have had the pleasure of providing music and dance instruction for the Flying Canoe / Canoë Volant Festival. You can see us briefly in this video at the 50 … Continue reading

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Refinishing my ukulele

Back in 2009, before I rode my bike from Edmonton to Thunder Bay, I went to the now-defunct Gordon Price Music and purchased a $20 ukulele. The idea being that I’d have something to practice on, loosen up my hands … Continue reading

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Homemade Wire Brushes

Wire brushes made from bike parts. Continue reading

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I built a cajon!

With the indispensable help of wood shop mastermind Derek, I constructed and stained this excellent cajon, which, if you don’t know, is a percussion instrument based on a shipping crate that probably came from Peru, although it depends who you … Continue reading

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Reinterpretations!

I’m so famous, small children in China* dress up as me. http://pupumom.pixnet.net/blog/post/182772009 it turns out that my wolf mask is popular with more than just furries. This appears to be a performance of the three little pigs, and the wolf … Continue reading

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Heroes of Evolution: the Trilobite

I broke a spoon; I carved a trilobite with my pocket knife and a nail. It’s a teaser because now I should find some sandpaper and stain. I love these little guys. They’re like a rough draft of a horseshoe … Continue reading

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People give up on Ikea furniture so easily

It’s kind of understandable. The pine is cheap, and if it’s not put together right it splinters and breaks easy. That works out for me because it means Edmonton’s alleyways are always full of straight, planed, unvarnished wood. Here’s a … Continue reading

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How Not To Improvise A Cake: a meditation on failure

My last baking post was supposed to be the first in a unified series. The plan was  to do a couple of different cakes with different ingredients, but using the same formula to demonstrate the system’s versatility. I got accepted … Continue reading

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EDC: Building a better tape wallet

This is a story about wallets and ambition, and this is my wallet: You can probably tell that it’s seen some service. It’s made from a bike map of Edmonton and packing tape. When the carefully flattened, creaseless base layer … Continue reading

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