Friday, March 07, 2014

new book update

I am working hard on the new book. In fact, I am working on nothing else right now. I have set a target of the end of March to have it finished - carefully proofed and available for download. I think you will like it. I do hope you will like it.

I have added a lot of new material. You have seen quite of bit of my work here on the blog and I am carefully integrating and updating the new. For background on the gen2 version please see this.

The first book was 90 pages. So far the second book is 130 pages and still growing.

I was telling someone recently my philosophy that it is better to tell the reader too much rather than not quite enough.

My to do list. Daunting since each of the items might take half a day or more to complete.

Included in the tasks are setting up a new webstore and reworking the website. I had promised that customers who bought the original book after May 1 2013 would receive a free download and there are quite a few of you - thank you! I have to pull together your email addresses and send you a unique code for your free download.

If you bought my original book before May 1, I will offer a discount on purchase of the second. You will receive a discount code also. I have never done this before so it will be a learning experience. Please bear with me.

Over the next few weeks I will be reworking the previews on the website so please check back.

I am quite proud of the new drawings which are hopefully clearer and easier to understand. Here is a sample, of the sensor support bracket (click any of my pictures here to see an enlarged view).

I am including with the book one large format pattern in .pdf form to help those who make the ribs and hangers manually (by hand). Because so many people had trouble finding a large format printer, I have included instructions for how to print the drawing and put it together in panels. You can see those instructions here (.pdf).

If you are lucky enough to have CNC available I will be including .dxf versions of these parts.

I NEED A BETA TESTER (OR TWO) WITH CNC equipment in the next two weeks who could check these three parts by making samples and to work with me to make sure all works as expected. The material does not matter, ordinary plywood would be fine for this, whatever you have available. You don't need to send me the parts but I would love some pictures and a few notes from you about how it went. Write to me if you are interested.

Finally, so many of you have said some very fine and touching things about my work. If you would like to read some of those comments, reproduced without edits exactly as I received them, you can read them here.

Thank you as always for your interest.

George Plhak, Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada

[to the gen2 intro and reading list]

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