The passing of Summer 2013

September 21, 20137 Comments

I’m writing this post exactly one day before the Autumnal Equinox of 2013. It’s getting cooler at night, the days are getting shorter and now that the kids are back in school we’re resuming a pattern that MORE resembles everyday life as we know it.

This time of year I also find myself a lot more sombre and reflective. Maybe it’s because as the kids go back to school I realize they ARE getting older and that means…I’M GETTING OLDER TOO?

In short I guess I’m finding myself more aware of my mortality than any time else during the year, even on my birthday in April. And it’s not that getting old bothers me, except for these weird skin discolorations and all this ear hair…or having to go to the bathroom ALL the time.

Eventually this reflective period will pass and things will get back to normal for me and my family (or as they and a few of my closest friends like to call it…the end to Matt’s “Man-o-pause”).

So to put it in other words, today will mark the passing of Summer 2013 and all that it brought to us. The good, the bad, and the everything that it was. And as I thought about Summer 2013’s passing as if it were a good friend or even a family member I stumbled across this video that seemed oh so fitting…enjoy!

The Coffinmaker from Dan McComb on Vimeo.

Every year, Americans bury enough metal in the ground to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge, says Vashon Island coffin maker Marcus Daly. His simple, handcrafted wooden coffins are an economical and environmentally friendly burial alternative. But Daly believes a coffin's most important feature is that it can be carried. Here's why.

Official Selection, Natural Transitions Film Festival. http://ntfilmfest.org
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Special thanks to Marcus Daly of Marian Caskets. http://www.mariancaskets.com
Original music by Jesse Solomon Clark. http://www.agentsdelfuturo.com
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  1. Chris Adkins says:

    Very cool video Matt.

  2. Eric Rusch Sr says:

    Mr. Daly looks at it in the proper context.
    His work is very nice indeed.

    (and don’t worry old timer, you have a chortle or two left in you…)

  3. Larry Thayer says:

    When I got to be 30, I sat and consumed quite a few beers and said to myself, “It’s half over …”

    When I got to be 40, I said to myself, “Well, I don’t know if I have twenty minutes or twenty years, but whatever it is … its going to be glorious.”

    So I went back to school and became a special education teacher.

    When I got to be 60, I thought, “Well, the 20 years is over. I don’t know now if I have five years or five minutes, but whatever it is … it will be a little tired-er … but it will be glorious.

    In a little while I retired and started a graduate program for students with special needs that have no way of gaining regular employment.

    When I got to be 65, I thought “Well, I don’t know if I have time to call my brother or the rest of the year, but it will be OK now if I have to go because I kicked ass.”

    I’m 67 now. Being your elder, I have a little advice: Go kick some ass.

  4. Larry Thayer says:

    I need some advice. I’ve been taking advantage of the Home Depot 75% off rack and picked up some slightly damaged 1/8 inch hardboard/Masonite kind of stuff. I have been making templates out of the material as it is much better at holding up than the cardboard ones I usually have around … but … As you know, the hardboard likes to soak up humidity and has a tendency to bend over and crumble at the edges not unlike its little brother, cardboard. (matter of fact, until now I never thought how similar “cardboard” and “hardboard” are in name and gene pool)

    Would you consider doing a show on templates? I could use advice on making them, storing them, how to make them the most accurate, preserving them, organizing them … and more I’m sure. For the short run, what would you suggest to make them hold up better? I thought of painting them or using some of my old stain or something, but I’d rather fall back on a pro and ask you.

    If you already have a show in the can that I can refer to, then I apologize for not knowing your body of work as well as I should and would appreciate being directed to the episode.

    Thanks, Thayer

    • Matt says:

      Hey Larry,

      I have a show way in the archives where I talk briefly about patterns and the materials I’ve used in the past.

      I don’t do a lot of pattern work, but I maybe doing something on an upcoming episode. In the past, I know I made one or two out of 1/4″ plywood, and while it works good I tend to run into a problem somehow where the bearing of my template bits somehow doesn’t register on the pattern very well.

      I can’t explain it very well other than perhaps the pattern flexes and the bearing at some point is proud of the surface and all hell breaks loose.

      I’m now more likely to work with a thick material or even double up the 1/4″ material to add strength, rigidity and a wider reference face for my bearings.

      Definitely a topic to go explore for the show.

      Thanks for the idea

      • Larry Thayer says:

        Thank you. The template uses I am talking about is when I just trace around them with a pencil. The cardboard gets old quickly. I never thought of using one of my hardboard templates with the router. Anyway, I’ll try to check out your archived template show.

  5. Ralph Thorne says:

    Thanks Matt. The video led to even more inspiring videos on Vimeo, The Makers collection.

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