This winter has been busy traveling, working the IMS Shows focusing on photography, and building in the workshop….
For the past year I have been addicted to collecting and hunting vintage Ball Mason jars; specifically the Pale Blue jars made in Muncie, Indiana from 1900-1940.
After amassing/hoarding quite a collection of them, I found myself imagining how I could incorporate these cool jars into my everyday life. Their having survived this long; after being put to YEARS of good use (canning and storing food for generations, not to mention their illicit lives transporting moonshine and illegally made whiskey) really struck a chord. I was looking for a way to show my respect to them, if you will. Re-purposing them into something that could be used again, everyday.
I thought about modifying the lids and started digging around on the interwebs. I found several folks are making dispensers out of these same jars; most using the cheap plastic from a soap bottle before it goes in the trash!
After more searching, I came across the much better quality METAL pumps…Better!
I modify the delicate zinc lids by hand, installing the metal pumps after a quick blast of sealant and epoxy inside. I do my best to leave the original jars intact, preserving their patina.
I’ve been selling them locally, and online…. http://www.Etsy.com/shop/VanVintageDesign
And, of course I HAD to Facebook it
After far too long, I am indeed back on the road with my trusty 1972 BMW R75/5….I wanted to head West, to see what the left side of the country has to offer.
Start in Louisville, Ky
Chicago, TourReady Service at Chicago Motoworks
Rockerbox, August 7, 2010 Milwaukee
Sturgis, August 9-15th, 2010 Sturgis, South Dakota
Bonneville SpeedWeek, August 14-20th, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
There will be some other stops along the way, and I will try to update as often as I can…Stay Tuned!
Rockers Reunion was held in Indy, hosted by Ton Up Club, Indianapolis….It was a scorcher, with bikes coming from Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and the great state of Kentucky. A good turnout, followed by the usual tire-kicking and bullshittery late into the night….
Keep up with the antics here…