Uncle Pat Hardage's
(I am still learning to deal with text messages)
(I'm just better able to cope with voicemail)
"What the hands learn, the mind cannot forget."
PINEWOODDERBYWORKSHOP HAS MOVED. I retired from teaching High School, sold the house and moved to the Missouri forests to a (very) small house without a garage. I have set up the PineWoodDerbyWorkshop in a big ole silver and purple over-the-road bus. This lets some really cool things happen.
First: I used my Architecture Degree to design "the ultimate woodshop." I sat down and arranged nine workstations in a very efficient layout . . . everything you need to build your car is grouped right there together . . . so an entire large den can come in at the same time.
Second: I have a bandsaw and disk-belt sander at each workstation to get your car ready for weighing before you move to the scales and drill presses, Everyone gets to start at the same time. "NINE WORKSTATIONS; NO WAITING!" We've kept the original "state-of-the-art paint booth" and added two more equivalent-technology systems.
Third: (Maybe the most powerful) The PineWoodDerbyWorkshop is mobile. It can come to your Den or Pack or Tribe meeting place. You don't necessarily have to drive to Carrollton in the middle of the week on a school night; we can set up shop in your neighborhood. HOWEVER, the intent - to make it easy for EVERYBODY to find - is to park it at Nor'kirk Presbyterian Church, 3915 N. Josey Lane in Carrollton so -unless posted otherwise- that's where we will be. More about coming to you a little further down.
Scheduling this year is on
EventBrite so you can see by clicking on
the link if there is space for you or not;
you don't have to wait for me. I LOVE
talking with everybody; I just love it.
By all means, call me; I'd love to talk
about how we can get your kids' cars
built, but please make your reservations
The bus is based at The Nor'kirk Presbyterian Church,
3915 N. Josey Lane in Carrollton, so everybody can find it easily, AND we are mobile!
TO BRING THE BUS TO YOUR PACK OR DEN MEETING PLACE DURING THE WEEK, YOU MUST RESERVE ALL NINE SLOTS. TO BRING THE BUS TO YOUR PACK OR DEN MEETING PLACE ON A SATURDAY OR A SUNDAY OR A SCHOOL HOLIDAY, YOU MUST RESERVE ALL 36 SLOTS EACH DAY YOU WANT THE WORKSHOP AT YOUR PLACE.
THE BUS IS 40 FEET LONG AND 12 FEET HIGH; IT CAN FIT ANYWHERE A SCHOOL BUS WILL. ELECTRICALLY, TO FEED ALL THE MACHINES AND TO RUN THE LIGHTS WE NEED 60 AMPS OF SERVICE WITHIN A 100-FOOT RADIUS. ON A REGULAR 16-AMP CIRCUIT, WE CAN ONLY RUN FIVE MACHINES MAX BEFORE THE BREAKERS TRIP.
-----If you have more than eighteen kids, and you want to have the shop bus come to your location during the week, think about scheduling two consecutive days. That way you can have one complete group each day and a third group do two half-days.-----
ALSO, if you would like to bring your herd to the shop earlier in the day during the week, you can come to the Josey Lane base on two consecutive half-days (Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday).
As of MONDAY AFTERNOON
The regular school-day session times of 5:30-8:30.
If your office wants to have their own PineWoodDerby as a Team Building event, the PineWoodDerby Workshop bus can set up in your parking lot for a special "For Grown-Ups Only" session.
This is what the bus looked like with all the seats in place before I started converting it into a woodshop.
Here's the link for the PineWoodDerbyWorkshop FB page:
Watch the website for additional special races . . .
KnotHole Cars . . . . . . . . . . the car has to be at least 50% Knothole!
Exotic Wood Cars . . . . . . . the car has to be specific woods such as Cocobolo or Jacaranda or Ebony . . . no paint; just varnish or polyurethane finishes.
Assembled Cars . . . . . . . . . the car has to be built of at lease five identifiable pieces of wood, each piece being a structural part of the car.
Cars of a Specific Type . . . . Indianapolis, Formula V, Trucks.
The opportunities for pine car racing are absolutely limitless!
The shop bus is open for business! Since it's a shop I'm going to tinker with it till the wheels fall off, but come on in and build your car! We're ready!
Help us both! If you sign up for a slot tomorrow, please give me call at 214/789-0359 to make sure I see it. Thanks.