FRANCES

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FRAMEBUILDER & CONSTRUCTEUR

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Alignment - Tube and dropout replacement - Brazons

California College of the Arts

Spring break of my  second semester teaching at the California College of the Arts just past.  I catch transit (unless I have a big load of tubes, then I've driven) once per week.  The bus and then train ride take about two hours if all my connections are good and I find it pretty novel to have a two hour chunk of free time (even if it is stuck in a seat.  There is always more class prep to be done, but best is reading.

 The teaching job is one that I enjoy, despite moments of stress and self-doubt.  The school has given me room to design the class (and also to learn how to design the class) and be creative.  

This semester, the class is designing and building a cyclo-rickshaw modeled after the original Penang Trishaw (Malaysia).  We are in the thick of it.

This is Grant's Trishaw.  He brought it over for repairs and I took the oportunity to ride it and draw it.  It has a forward-sloping headtube (which is unusual) that gives the trike gravity-fed mechanical trail.  Turning raises the center of the trike and it's resting point is tracking straight ahead.  I am  curious to see how this one does!

This is Grant's Trishaw.  He brought it over for repairs and I took the oportunity to ride it and draw it.  It has a forward-sloping headtube (which is unusual) that gives the trike gravity-fed mechanical trail.  Turning raises the center of the trike and it's resting point is tracking straight ahead.  I am  curious to see how this one does!

Thanks to a handfull of students with serious CAD skils and a willingness to figure things out with me, we have the design laid out in solidworks and we've started construction.

This is an early rendering of our Trishaw- not all elements are final.

This is an early rendering of our Trishaw- not all elements are final.

At this point, all the tubes are cut for the side panels and we'll take them down to the brazing shed next friday to lay them out and tack them up (no problem right?)

At this point, all the tubes are cut for the side panels and we'll take them down to the brazing shed next friday to lay them out and tack them up (no problem right?)

Finding phase on the mixtetube with a height gauge and a keen eye.

Finding phase on the mixtetube with a height gauge and a keen eye.

Cutting the long miter on the anvil fixture i the bridgeport- fussy, but doable.

Cutting the long miter on the anvil fixture i the bridgeport- fussy, but doable.

building wheels, filing, sawing, planning
Planning out the fenders- aluminum strip with integrated storage? Yes!

Planning out the fenders- aluminum strip with integrated storage? Yes!

Turning down shoulder bolts for the side-mount axle bearings.

Turning down shoulder bolts for the side-mount axle bearings.

Tapping the axle-receiver tubes on the lathe.

Tapping the axle-receiver tubes on the lathe.

And the ubiquitous hacksaw!

And the ubiquitous hacksaw!

Rear triangle all set to tack- moments later,

Rear triangle all set to tack- moments later,

Tacking!

Tacking!

After a long day of rushing around trying to keep students engaged and working- trying to execute all the plans made during the week, I catch the train home.

After a long day of rushing around trying to keep students engaged and working- trying to execute all the plans made during the week, I catch the train home.

There is so much work to be done!  (Heard that before?)

Our Trishaw has a date at the Maker's Faire May 15th and another appearance the Ebb & Flow River-Arts festival here in Santa Cruz Mid June. The pressure is on!