Tag Archive - Michael

Illuminating

Having been married for a year now, it may sound a little silly that I still subscribe to some wedding blogs in my Google Reader. Photo shoots and reception details can serve as inspiration for so many facets of living. Once Wed had a recent post of a forest inspired photo shoot featuring the gorgeous vintage style light bulbs (first photo). Knowing Michael is such a big Tesla|High Voltage follower and I’m a big fan of string lights in a garden setting, this was a match made in paradise. Goodness, we only just took down the strands we hung for the wedding (the last two photos) the other day.

Apartment Therapy recently featured an inspiration board with a link to this style of lighting from Restoration Hardware (middle photo). I fell in love with them but at $179.00 for a strand of 25 lights they’re a *tad* out of our price range. I’m beginning to think of searching for just the bulbs and replacing the lights on the strands we currently have. Sounds like a wonderful marriage.

Illuminating!
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{ Photo credits: 1.
Jose Villa|Once Wed | 2. Restoration Hardware | 3. & 4. Stacey Bode Photography }

Seeds of Change.

Gardening was one of mine and Michael’s favorite activities. Some of my best memories are from working in the garden all day, showering, opening the loft windows to let out old jazz, louching a glass of absinthe, and then head back out to retire in our seats and enjoy the evening. Below are some images of our loft garden in Atlanta. It evolved from spring/summer 2006 through spring/summer 2007. By autumn 2007 it was a jungle.

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Today I was on the Charleston MLS site looking at downtown listings so I could see their gardens. Strange, I know, but I figured it was the best way to see some beautiful gardens that you won’t normally see on the internet. My dream garden will have hardy banana (Musa banjo), elephant ears, spider lilies, ginger, canna (I’m partial to the variegated color combo above), gardenia, magnolia, jasmine, camilla, sago palm, palms/palmettos, bougainvillea & crotons (that will probably remain potted for winter storage), ornamental grasses, hibiscus, angels trumpets, and a variety of fruit trees. Along with those, I can’t help but want a weeping willow, our japanese maple, a new bog garden with carnivorous plants and papyrus, and Italian pencil cypresses. We’ll also have a side vegetable/herb garden.

The one thing we will NOT have? Azaleas. I cannot describe how much I loathe them. I usually call them ‘rat bushes’. Yuck. If you want to come take back my ‘True Southerner’ card, I’ll be more than happy to leave it in the mailbox. 🙂

Bon Weekend.

Our first wedding anniversary is tomorrow, on Beltane. Our celebration was on Friday, so today is indeed the start to a good weekend!

Meow

Sweet
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{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}

And it wasn’t just about me!

Michael’s Franklin Bells in front of the BiPolar Tesla Coil.

Franklin's Bells & BiPolar Tesla Coil

Aileen’s amazing work.

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Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of Gina’s stuff. I’m not sure how that happened. 🙁

Playing with himself

I’m working on a website design for a friend which has kept me from working on my crafts. The good side is that it’s making me WANT to get back to work, and I will soon. In the meantime, more Michael! I really enjoy sharing him with everyone, he’s just that awesome. 🙂

It was late one night when I walked in his studio to find three chairs sitting together. I asked if he was taking some ‘friends’ for a ride. Nope, he was playing with himself. It certainly made me giggle.

Playtime was over and he turned the lens on something of a smaller stature.

Spark gap:

His studio has so many wonderful things to photograph. I’m looking forward to more!

Franklin’s Bells

Sorry, but I have to pimp Michael’s newest project. He just finished building at set of Franklin’s Bells.

The bells and hardware are all brass. The terminals are vintage as are the Bakelite standoffs used for the base of the bells and the terminals.

Electrostatic bells like these are often referred to as Franklin’s Bells, after the eminent American scientist Benjamin Franklin, who installed them in his house to warn him of approaching thunderstorms, as is recorded in a famous portrait of Franklin observing his set of electrostatic bells as a thunderstorm raged outside. This electrostatic device actually was invented in about 1742 by Andrew Gordon, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University at Erfurt, Germany. Gordon’s Bells constituted the first device that converted electrical energy into mechanical energy in the form of continuous mechanical motion, in this case, the moving of a bell clapper back and forth between two oppositely charged bells.

Franklin made use of Gordon’s idea by connecting one bell to a pointed rod attached to his chimney and a second bell to ground. This pointed rod discharged electrical energy from heavily charged passing clouds that would cause Franklin’s set of Gordon’s Bells to ring.

BiPolar Tesla Coil


{Photo credit: Evita Smith}

This is one of my favorite coils that Michael has built. He started on a series last year that is inspired by a vintage aesthetic, something that people would want to keep on display. This one was finished just before we moved. I hope he starts to build these again.

The porthole in front of the spark gap is a beautiful green glass that came from a cache from my mother. She started making stained glass about 20 years ago but with her back/neck/wrist problems it became too difficult for her to manage. Some of her glass supplies came from the Blenko glass factory. My brother drove up to the factory to purchase it for her.

Boys and their toys

This is Michael’s ‘lab’ where he produces his high voltage toys. The lab is upstairs next to the bedroom so we have to deal with the same hurdles/restrictions as the bedroom, such as the awful carpet and the mauve/purple Formica shelving. Mmmmm.

I have one more photo I might try to slip in later.

Jiffycoil's Toys

Jiffycoil's Toys
The silver globe on the floor is a Van de Graff generator, Michael’s current project. The stand is the first cake stand for our wedding cake until we realized we’d cut it too narrow.

Jiffycoil's Toys
Mmmmm…I love power tools.

Jiffycoil's Toys
One day I’ll take a photo of Michael reenacting the famous Nikola Tesla portrait where he’s holding the giant lightbulb

Jiffycoil's Toys

Jiffycoil's Toys
Meters and regulators.

Jiffycoil's Toys
Neon Sign Transformers

Jiffycoil's Toys
You can see the Marx generator in the background.

Jiffycoil's Toys
I liked this photo better.

Jiffycoil's Toys
Control box built by Michael featuring a variac.

Jiffycoil's Toys
Yup, this is anal but I cannot tell you how much time this has saved trying to find the right screwdriver when Michael has his hands full and can’t reach them.

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