So one of my biggest Bad Ideas is still in its infancy but making some creeping progress, so I will reveal its nature right here, right now.
But first, a story.
Part of this Big Bad Idea involves learning woodcarving. To get started on this, I need access to a band saw. Since no one I’ve asked so far has one, I decided to call my dad to see if he or my grandfather had one.
Me: I have a random question for you…
Dad: OK, shoot.
Me: Do we have a band saw?
Dad: No… Pa (my grandfather) used to have one (he was a builder), but he sold it years ago. Why?
Me: Well… me and some friends want to build a carousel, and I need to learn to carve wood.
Dad: Ooh, that’s a great idea! Yeah, a band saw would be the best for that, since you’ll probably be cutting pieces… what, about 2 inches thick?
Note the distinct lack of “Uh, carousel?” “Shouldn’t you be studying?” or just plain ol’ “WTF?” Nope… apparently it’s a “great idea.”
Dad: So how big are you planning to make it?
Me: So we thought we’d start with a small one, just four figures.
Dad: Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Me: Um… yes, actually… exactly like that.
Me: Actually the idea came to me while I was at Burning Man, so we might make it an Art Car and mount the carousel on a pickup truck once we’ve removed the bed.
Dad: Ooh, that sounds really neat! I’d love to help if there’s anything I can do…
So there you have it.
The company I am starting to further this endeavor is called Picycle, and will soon have its own blog going at picycle.wordpress.com. Feel free to follow me over there as well.