But you have to be bitten by the Bike Bug....
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
some more pics on the B home progress
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Our old friend Stephen Markus dropped us a review of his summer 2011 interning experience.just thought i would share. [[posterous-content:pid___2]]
This past summer I had the great pleasure of interning at the Trenton Atelier in
hopes of developing my engineering skills for a future career in the field. I found
the internship through a search engine through my college, and was unsure of what
to expect when going into it. From the research I had done at the time, I expected
to learn how to make a firebowl, run errands, clean the shop, basically anything
that someone with limited metalworking experience would be allowed to do in an
established company. But boy was I wrong…
Literally within a week of joining the team at the TA, I was already up to my neck in
new experiences and lessons. I quickly was taught by the team how to weld, grind,
plasma cut, and perform several other metalworking tasks. I was immersed in the
company’s vision of creating sustainable art and mechanisms. The time and effort
that Pete and his team put into me learning how to work with metal was immense
and definitely paid off. As someone with plenty of experience with carpentry but
little experience in metalworking, I had always seen metal as a rigid, static object
that couldn’t be molded or altered. However, after only a few weeks at the Trenton
Atelier, I began to see metal as I do Play-Doh; a completely moldable, malleable,
formable object with which I can create whatever I want.
As if I hadn’t already achieved enough in learning how to metalwork, I was involved
in every other aspect of 220 Allen St. as well. I was involved in “front office” work
such as correspondence with clients and local community leaders. I put together
packages of TA information, with products and samples to send to wholesalers
for them to sell our products. I learned organic cooking techniques and enjoyed
many gourmet lunches, made fresh daily in the TA kitchen. I made two of my own
pendulum paintings, which are now hanging up on the wall of my living room at
home! I fabricated a dinner table centerpiece out of a car brake rotor and bolts for
my mother’s birthday, which Pete and the TA team encouraged me to enter into
ArtWorks, the local art show. Their confidence in my abilities were crucial in the
process of fabricating this piece. In addition, I built my own firebowl for a customer,
as well as many other products that were sent out to clients. I even made my own
As I alluded to earlier, the most important aspect of this internship was the
concepts that Pete and the team instilled into me. Pete preaches sustainability and
environmental awareness, and displays this mindset in everything he does, from
using limes as ice cubes, to reusing everything- and I mean EVERYTHING- in the
shop! He also brought out of me a creative side that I never knew I had. Having
free reign every day over all of the tools and instruments in 220 Allen, the building
was literally my blank slate. How could you not be intrigued by a huge hanging
pendulum, a ton of different paints, and a ton of plastic to cover things from getting
dirty?! I spent many days getting my arms covered in paint in the name of creativity
and letting loose, and it certainly paid off.
I undoubtedly believe that the skills Pete and the TA team taught me, as well as
learning the science behind everything, was invaluable for my future career. The
family they fostered, as well as the creativity and open-mindedness that they instil
led in me will be everlasting, and I have nobody but the Trenton Atelier to thank for
molding me into the creative, innovative mind that I am today.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
As summer hits
full force in spring
y not b here now?
a foot in the door
who can ask for more?
wondering if this windmill will tilt
before i do
wether there is the time ,energy and money available to create safe , comfortable spaces for people.
whether there are people willing to live
together towards a common goal.
or wether we will perish together as fools....