Kev's Log:  "Inside Passages"

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27-Aug-06

Saturday night dinner at good friends house...

Just happened to have a portrait studio set up in his living room...

Pam and I jauntered in while sharing a bottle of Tres Hombres, "third batch", Cream Sherry,

It all came together!

- Photo by Rick Giase

26-Aug-06

On the Tower front:

Trying to get 50 year old timbers to match up and become square...

Have yet to find the key to this..
Cant do the cross supports all at different sizes...

So today will be dedicated to all things symetric, level and straight..
Pam doubts this will be happening as ranchers (probably ranchers with lengthy arrest records for small crimes 60 years ago) originally put this tower together on a very remote location and were not really worried about all things being square!

I'm essentially just using the original 4x4 uprights and then will rebuild using cedar planking....

Just need to find the key!

Have built a couple of framing templets and will go from there...

- k -

21-Aug-06

Back on the “Project Aermotor” Windmill front…

Never had to make that trip back to the Sand Hills of Nebraska because of the wrong stub tower!

Instead…I found Russ, “The Windmill Guy” just 30 miles away in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado.

Russ’s operation is incredible! Check it out here, www.windmillservice.com

For a couple of hours this past rainy Saturday morning, I was the proverbial “kid, in the candy (windmill) store”…

As Russ and I talked about windmills, we sat outside his shop and changed out the 8’ mast pipe I had, for the 6’ mast pipe I needed.

It was a straight across trade and I sweetened the deal with a couple of bottles of that fantastico Tres Hombres wine.

Russ was great and what a resource of information!

Since 1976, Russ has been servicing Windmills all across the U.S, dismantling, rebuilding,re-assembling and installing wheels ranging in diameter from 6 foot to 16 foot.

- k -

21-Aug-06

While Russ has worked on Dempster, Monitor, Flint & Walling, Challenge, Wood Mansey, Fairbury, and Eclipse Windmills in the past,
today he specializes in the 702 Aermotor, which he considers to be the "Cadillac" of all Windmills.

Here's a parts bin I shot out at Russ's Windmill Service... It's filled with "buffer devices" used in the "regulation" and "braking" of RPM's on any Aermotor mill head..

- k -

21-Aug-06

Racks and Racks made up of partial sail sections...
For all size's of rigs...


Gritty,
rusty,
metal type photography,
squeezed my fists a few times…

- k -

21-Aug-06

Bin of Gears, in Aermotor language, they are slugged, the "Large Gear"...

There are 2-matched Large Gear rings in each 702 Aeromotor ...

Russ had a shit load of all things windmills, What a find!

I've now started on building the tower...have two legs attached, now figuring how to lift assembly so I can handle attaching the other two, bolt-on, main support legs...

- k -

19-Aug-06

Exactly a year ago, the skies lit up over Aspen Valley...Hunter S. Thompson's ashes blasted out of many morters and up hundreds of feet into the rainy Saturday night sky...I shot this through a telescope from the other side of the canyon during a small impromptu cocktail party we held on the side of the road...At the base of the pyrotechnic display, you can clearly see the party structure which housed the 300 invited guests. Just beyond, the 153-foot-high canon which a 17'-foot-high, two-thumbed fist, clutching a giant peyote button sat...
Johnny Depp, who portrayed Thompson in the movie version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and became a close friend, funded the labor and construction costs...
Aspen, one of my favorite places, was absolutely electric over the final farewell weekend! good time...

- sAtUrDay AuG 2oth, 20o5

19-Aug-06

Bill Murray and Ralph Steadman during the signing session of the HST memorial poster at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen...
The posters were classic Steadman, signed by alot of Hunter's closet friends and sold for $2000.
Pam and I had pulled a lot of strings and ended up in a suite at the Jerome for the weekend, this press "gathering" was held downstairs in one of Hunter's favorite rooms. I got some great shots especially a few self-portraits with some of the key players. After the "presser" we all ended up at the J-Bar and I actually sat with (my new buddies) "Bill" and "Ralph" for a few drinks..I brought Ralph 4 or 5 bottles of Tres Hombres wine down from the room...
A great morning in Aspen spending time with one of my favorite artists! Murray was grumpy~

- k -

14-Aug-06

Stub Tower I have is NOT the correct one...



I have to get the other stub...



Road Trip...Nebraska

once again



"Can't advance the project without the right stub"







Dreaming of wooden windmill towers...

- k -

13-Aug-06

On the 15th, 16th and 17th, of August 1969, A few of us got together in the rain, at a muddy farm field in upstate New York, about 500,000 of us! The event was the Woodstock Music and Art Festival.
Me and two good friends headed up to what was to become one of the biggest "happenings" of our generation. We were there for 12 days!
Featured in photo, good friend Phil Giovanielle, prepares for walking the mile or so up to the main events stage...
Woodstock was a phenomenal gathering of folks. Much more than a three day concert and probably for the first time in a generation, we suddenly felt our power and strength...
It was truly Awesome...

- Woodstock 1969

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