Last time, we talked about learning to weld, so that we could build a stand for the quartz tube for the first integration weekend.
First, we had to make sure we had all of the parts for our flame effect (and that we had built it!). Luckily, we had purchased all of the parts during our expedition to the excellent Helios makerspace in Montreal (post forthcoming):
We called our flame effect ‘Flamey’ because we are creative like that:
A few days before integration weekend, I recall running around to hardware stores looking for non-abrasive things with high melting temperatures. I found the fabric below (in the welding supply section of a Home Depot, IIRC), along with silicone placemats (not in the welding supply section):
Also, we had not been camping in many many years, so I went to get some inflatable pillows. They were okay, but I would bring ‘real’ pillows next time, unless space was a critical consideration:
(Not shown. Tests of the flame effect. S might have pics of this, to be shown later.)
Then it was time to pack up and go! Trish drove the truck over to our place (Francis had been at least partially living in our garage for a while), and we started packing! We are still thankful for the many volunteers who tolerated our hinged posts:
There were some moments of pure joy juxtaposed with moments of pure contemplation:
Finally, we noticed that the ramp on the truck had a broken phalange, luckily (I think) Trish had found a long (like 10″) nail which we were able to use to solve the problem most adequately:
And then we were off! Stay tuned for next time, when we travel to the countryside and join forces with many other volunteers to build fiery mayhem!
Organized by many people, all of whom we will try to thank photographically
This is possibly the best thing you can say to someone who is participating in building a ridiculous and difficult thing.
Also galvanized, but that is not important to this story.