Ferrari Formula One Nose – Half Scale Replica

At the time of this project, my Ferrari-collector client couldn’t find any scale replicas of a Formula One Ferrari nose and was looking for one to display on the wall in his office. Yes, you read that correctly. I was going to build the front-end nose assembly from a car that produces the most beautiful sound in the world; the Formula One V10. I decided to model it after the 2003 Ferrari driven by then driver Michael Schumacher. It was decided that the nose would hang on the wall and be built at 1/2 the original size. My references were several 1/18″ scale HotWheels die cast cars and lots of photos taken from books, internet, and the actual race car. The entire project took almost 3 months to go from concept to finished product. At this point in my life, I wasn’t too familiar with the art of fiberglassing. I had been reading about it and thought that this project would be the perfect opportunity to try this new technique. I contemplated several ways in which to construct the nose because it would ultimately have to be built in several pieces. It also needed to be assembled and disassembled without any problems. A couple years have gone by since I made this and i can assure you…..I would definitely consider doing things differently should I need to make another one! In the end, it was a very valuable learning process for me. I learned many things about fiberglassing….especially what NOT to do.

Corporate Business Card Holder

I was recently commissioned to come up with a gift idea for the owners of a Chicago-based company to be completed in time for the holiday season. After some discussion, it was decided that I would create a business card holder for each of the three owners of the company. As usual, I submitted a computer rendering for approval before I started. The business card holder would incorporate the company logo as well as the name of the person. Since I knew that their office furniture was a dark mahogany, I took a chance and picked a hard maple to contrast the dark furniture. The main part of the company logo is red, so rather than painting or staining for additional contrast, I used Padauk. It’s an exotic wood that comes from Africa. When Padauk is clear-coated it almost glows! It’s awesome stuff to work with and smells pretty good when it’s cut. The entire project involves a special laminating process that combines the two species of wood. Each business card holder measures 8″L by 1-1/2″D by 3-1/2″H and are finished with 3 coats of clear gloss finish.

LED Floor Inlay

It was early May of 2008 and it all started out as a simple remodel of my dad’s office. Gut the walls down to the studs. Replace all the old electrical wires with updated code-worthy wires and boxes. Install new leak-proof windows and a new 3/4″ red oak hardwood floor. The room wasn’t that big…..only 14′ by 26′. My dad is an accomplished woodworker and was happy with the way things were turning out. However….my brother and I didn’t quite see it that way. After looking at the progress one night, we decided it needed something more. Wouldn’t it be cool, we thought, if there were Continue reading “LED Floor Inlay”

Dremel NASCAR

Every year Dremel Tools hosts a North American Sales Conference. Their nationwide team of sales representatives meet for several days with various teams from the corporate office. The goal is to introduce new tools and accessories and how to use them. Part of the conference is a building event in which they gather in teams and must build a project within a time frame (that sometimes doesn’t seem fair.) It’s always a lot of fun and people who otherwise never Continue reading “Dremel NASCAR”

Ferrari Dino Display

This was a project that I did for the then-director of the Ferrari Club of America. I was approached by another member to showcase his 1971 Dino 246 GT in a special display case for his office. The display was to be kept simple and we needed to use images taken from the most recent club program; the last program he would be apart of since he was retiring. So other than the images, we needed a car to display. Pretty simple, right? Not exactly……I was counting on Continue reading “Ferrari Dino Display”