Friday, April 18, 2014

Installing new buttons

In this video I swap out a Momentary button for a On/Off button.  I use a 2.5mm hex driver for the set screw, and tweezers to help grab the wires.  Be careful it is delicate work.  One trick that I did not address in the video, when you are threading the wiring for the Hirose through the grip give it a 90 degree bend to help it round the corner.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

variety the spice of life

Black Walnut, sourced from North Pennsylvania from Irion (ear-re-on) Lumber who supply to high end furniture makers and from The Genesee Region of NYS (Rochester) where we buy a tree, cut it down and have it milled . We dry it and the carpenter (Adam) planes and sands it to spec. The wood has a dark chestnut color which darkens slightly over time.

Black Cherry, we have a good stock right in my backyard in Central NY and The Genesee Region.  Almost all of our cherry is bought as wet rough cut board and we have small drying set up that my father runs up in Rochester. When first finished, the Cherry is very light but it darkens over time reaching a rich red color.

Ancient Kauri (Cow-ree) was buried and preserved in peat for up to 50,000 years ago on New Zealand's North Island.  I purchase dried chunks from Ancientwood, Ltd in La Pointe, WI. Over the millennium It has been penetrated by minerals giving the wood a shimmering iridescence.  It is almost dull when first finished but in a few weeks time kauri develops into a rich copper color with flecks of gold.

These buttons are swappable - we can also get green, white, blue and yellow.  The one on the end (black w/ dimple) is for the Epic and only comes in black. Or no button at all.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Digital Bolex with the Flyweight + Ancient Kauri Grip

I went down to Gotham yesterday to meet up with Daniel Zox and his brother Andrew.  He had just taken delivery on his digital bolex and we wanted to see if the flyweight rig would work.  We found that it was a good fit, the only thing that we missed was a counterweight, like an Anton Bauer plate.  I used the Redrock Micro DSLR riser it wked beautifully.  We started with the Alphatron EVF but settled on the Small HD DP4 and Loop which is my personal favorite.  
Bad news, I just saw that the Loop is out of stock until June.

The top handle and blade are made of Black Cherry, the grip is part of an experiment with Ancient Kauri which is found in bogs in New Zealand where it has been buried for the past 50,000 years.  It is the oldest workable wood on the plant and with a little effort it gives a wonderful shimmering finish which is very smooth even silky to the touch.  

It is not yet for sale but if you are interested drop me a line -

excerpt from Wiki search "Ancient kauri" :
The trees grew for nearly 2000 years before they were buried. Some have a girth of around 40 feet, and a total height of nearly 200 feet.
Only the lower trunk section and ball root structure is predominantly found. The trunk tends to taper to a "V" shape as the portion of the log lying above ground has decayed to ground level. Some logs are on a 20 degree angle into the ground suggesting they have fallen over with force, probably under a larger tree that has fallen on to it. For this reason complete round logs lying deeper in the ground are occasionally found.
Extraction of the logs is time consuming, expensive and technically difficult requiring skilled operators of heavy machinery. Working in wet conditions each log must be carefully brought to the surface. After the log has been removed, the area is then restored to its original contours.
The extracted kauri has become an alternative source for old-growth wood supply and often finds its way to furniture builders, boat makers, and wood artisans.
A trademark of swamp kauri is deep, shimmering streaks of iridescence, called white bait, found in some of the wilder grain patterns. This particular grain is named after schools of New Zealand whitebait fish that emit a similar pattern when swimming in one direction. 
David Ford - Owner / Designer
ergocine ltd.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

on/off trigger for the Epic and Scarlet

We've just finished building this rig out for Justin Chin for his Epic.  He requested a right angle Hirose into the grip which I think turned out pretty cool. The cable when triggered provides a constant 3 V power supply to the Epic and Scarlet's remote on/off from the (Gen Lock. TC, Remote) breakout.



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pads for the blade

Toby is going to use the Letus MCS shoulder pad with his new Flyweight Rig.

And doing so he is going need a velcro surface to attach the pad, with the oil finish that I use you can not use sticky Velcro for a couple of months after it is finished, and that stuff is sketchy in the best of conditions.  With the Lion - R2 I staple a double sided  1 1/2" Velcro (it says 2" but it is 1 1/2") to the shoulder cut out, it is robust and being where it is you don't have to look at it is OK.  

This approach if taken with the Flyweight Rig would really be a shame.  So I took the same Velcro and wrapped it around the blade, it works great.  It is shown with the leather pads from the Lion which are $20 per these are made from duel layer medium and high density foam and designed for a heavy load.  We are making a softer low density foam which will go for $20 per pad.  From now on we will ship all blades with (3) Velcro straps.

Setting up the rod brackets on the flyweight blade

I made a short video demo showing how you would setup, and align the rod brackets on the blade.