Portable Speaker Build

Today I completed a prototype of a portable speaker I designed which features a 2×50 watt main section and a 100 watt twin speaker subwoofer design, 12v battery powered, and 1/8″ stereo input.

The main drivers are from Dayton Audio, while the two 4″ subs are from Eminence. The amp (and speakers) was sourced from Parts Direct, and is 2.1 channel 200 watt total, but doesn’t attain that goal due to only a 12v power source. However, the system is quite loud and was designed to be a mini guitar amp for a jam session with an FX box driving it, and the battery allows for many hours of portable music before needing a recharge.

The cabinet structure is made of 11mm plywood for the main shape, and features removable sides made of solid cherry, giving interior access to update and/or fix the system in the future. The control panel is rosewood.

Wooden Bowtie Collaboration

My nephew and I decided to tackle a small woodworking project together recently to generate some wooden bowties that he could sell for charity at a block party. We discussed the options, and with my help, we came up with a three-colour design using maple (white), padouk (red), and purple heart.

The process entailed forming a large block of wood that would then be sliced into 1/4″ strips that resembled the final bowtie shape and design. This involved some crafty table saw work, which my nephew keenly observed and aided where possible.

The final sanding and finishing was time consuming, but the results were fantastic. My nephew learned a lot about woodworking, and the various tools required, got a little dusty, and came away with something unique he could call his own.

ExploreIt! Custom Guitar

I created this one-of-a-kind custom electric guitar as a present for my sister and her husband’s company’s 5th anniversary.

It began as a collection of 1×2 maple from Home Depot, glued together to form the body, which was then trimmed and routed into the shape of a traditional Telecaster. I then painted the body, added thin stripes to mirror their business card design, and proceeded to hand-paint the logo onto the body of the guitar.

After mounting the hardware and attaching the neck, the final results were very well appreciated at their annual company BBQ party!

Beelzeboptet @ Annex Live

Tonight I went out to shoot some photos and video for another friend’s band, interestingly named “Beelzeboptet”, which played at Annex Live. They are a very accomplished jazz trio, with stand-up bass (Bill Norman), electric guitar (Greg Haddow), and drums (Dan Holowachuk). I was only able to stay for the first set and grab a few photos, so here they are.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/Beelzeboptet

Wayne Cass Blues Band @ Waterfalls

I went down into Kensington Market (Waterfalls Tapas Bar & Grill) last night to watch one of my favourite blues bands (Wayne Cass Blues Band aka Left 4 Dead), as they were trying out a new singer (Ally Jed). I only caught the last set, in which they performed extended versions of “Down By The River”, “I Put A Spell On You”, “Come Together”, and “The Weight”. Ally was quite good, and she has a fantastic stage presence… Can I use the word “Foxy”?

As always, the Wayne Cass Blues Band put on a great show.

Band Members: Wayne Cass (electric guitar), Mark Sharpe (bass), Great Bob Scott (drums), and Ally Jed (vocals)

Caledon County Trio

I was asked recently to photograph a friend’s trio (an an unlikely trio at that, featuring bagpipes, fiddle and acoustic guitar) at the Toronto Metropolitan Church. Despite getting up early on a Sunday morning, and going to church, it seemed like a fun idea. They wanted something they could use as part of promotional materials for an upcoming tour.

DougieBall 2012

I ventured over to Christie Pits park today to observer the first DougieBall event, hosted of course by Doug Gilmour himself. The event was well presented, and there sure were enough NHL players on hand (past and present) to entertain the audience. I couldn’t stick around for the whole game due to work, but I can’t wait for next year’s event.

Participants included this year: Doug Gilmour, Shayne Corson, Tie Domi, Darcy Tucker, Eric Lindros, Steve Thomas, and musical guests (not being musical), Jim Cuddy and Barney Bentall, to mention just a few.

More Information: DougieBall 2012

Toronto Zombie Walk 2010

They rose from the dead, and then strolled around the streets of Toronto in search of… Well, they may not be real zombies, but the Annual Zombie Walk in Toronto does rate as one of the more spectacular things to hit the streets this year. Nearly 10,000 people were dressed in various states of ripped and blood-stained clothing, depicting everything from soldiers to cows, all resurrected from the dead and eager to amble. The cool and wet weather didn’t seem to dissuade these brain munchers from getting up this morning.

Leith in the Leaves

An afternoon raking leaves turned into a photo shoot with my nephew Leith. He loved the idea of jumping in the leaves after they were piled high. The warm weather and brilliant sun made the day.