Thursday, November 11, 2010

2010 SEMA Pictures

SEMA 2010 was pretty intense. It was 4 days of sensory overload for the anyone who digs cars. The show this year had something for everyone. We have a pretty intense week here at the Flame Shop. We're setting up this weekend at the CBA Bike Swap Meet at the Metrolina Expo just north of Charlotte, NC. Its one of the biggest bike swap meets in the South. So time is short this week. Next week, I'll be posting more pictures and more news about this years SEMA.
Gene Winfield painted this incredible Caddy from Austraila. It was in the PPG booth.

Killer cool retro paint at the Iwata booth.
Beautiful real fire flames at the PPG Truck.

Digging the matte finish paint on this sweet Corvan.

Where else but SEMA will you see something like this rolling down the city streets? More pictures next week.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Sweet Fall Season

Ok, its a quickie post today.

1) Spent the morning doing a photo shoot on Dave Tuttle's 46 Ford. We did the woodgrain work on Dave's car, the dash and all the window trim. Many who see it, think its real wood. But no, its painted.

2) Getting ready for SEMA, plane tickets are paid for, plans are made. Gotta do some work on my buddy's Ron's 50 GMC truck while we are out there. Its a wild ride. But there is more work to do, a couple of hoods for our good friends at SATA Spray Equipment. They make the best paint guns, filtering systems, and their airbrushes rock. Using their equipment makes my jobs much easier.

3) Getting ready to try out House of Kolor's new Shimron 2. Its supposed to be the bomb, I'll find out this week.

4) It will be awesome to see all our Vegas friends, Ron, Robert, Joe and Mary, Ed and Leslie. We are so blessed to have such great friends. Plus Robert's La Mexicana Restaurant is wonderful. The SEMA Show is always a blast. And we get to see my stepson Josh and our grandbaby Preston.

5) Ok got to get my old butt on my mt bike and do about 8 miles. Trying to shed 10 lbs over the next 3 weeks.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Flaming Good Time in Alabama.

We just got back from painting flames on a '23 t bucket down in Alabama. The customer lives out in the country and has a nice little shop next to his house. It was one of the totally surreal yet wonderful experiences that make life worth living. And makes the work we do, so very worthwhile. Not every job we do is fun. Unexpected things pop up and you have to deal with it. That is the difference between an artist and a painter who is also an artist. A painter knows how to deal with paint problems. There is no way to have a career in painting, and not have dealt with the unlimited issues that come up.

But working on Paul Reeve's '23 was fun. Paul and his family are wonderful people and it was a pleasure to be around them.

The one problem? The squirrels. It was actually pretty funny, there are all these oak trees above Paul's shop and the squirrels sit up in the high branches and snack on the acorns. But they only take a few bites of each and then throw them away. There was a near constant pinging of the metal roof over the shop as the acorns would fall. You could not work in the driveway without getting nailed by a half eaten nut. We'd call out "incoming!" And then whack, a big acorn would hit. They landed everywhere, in the soda cups, in the paint mix cups, on the car.

But now we are home and getting ready for SEMA. Painting up a few things to display there. I'm looking very forward to working with House of Kolor's new Shimron 2 line of paints. Coast Airbrush Supply has been busy bottling up the new Shimrons and shipping them out to painters. I'll let ya'll know how it goes working with it. They say its the easiest to use custom paint ever. I guess I'll fnd out next week.

And I'm working on a major update to the website. We're launching two new gallery pages, one exclusively for hot rod paint and a page devoted to our Military themed paint jobs. And there will be a big overhall for the Customer Comment page. And new additions to the award and magazine article pages.

And finally the long awaited How To Section of the website will be launched.

I'll be posting here as the website updates are posted on the site. But for now, its Friday afternoon, I have to look over a flame job we finished and get it ready to ship out next week, then I'm working on a drawings for a customer in Idaho.

Tomorrow, I'm doing a photo shoot for American iron magazine featuring a wild, vintage dragbike at the Rockingham Dragway. Then its off to Chester, SC for an overnight campout with my 6 yr old godson. It will be his first Cub Scout campout.

Sunday we let the dogs run and its back to work creating beautiful and durable paint jobs!

Never a dull moment here at Crazy Horse Paint.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Back to the Blog

When the shop is busy, I stay in the shop and work. Here's a quick rundown on my usual day. Up at 7am. Check emails and the weather. Maybe have a cup of tea. Black tea not that green stuff. Then I get dressed on workout gear and ride my mountain bike about 8 miles. The loop I ride goes through the countryside, lots of horse farms, cattle ranches and endless fields. Its just beautiful, plus it has alot of hills I have to climb.

Then its back home, wash up and change into work clothes. Have a quick breakfast and go into the shop about 8:30. I'll work till about 6 pm. then its back for another 8 miles on the bike, then play with my german shepherd and then back until the shop until 9pm.

Most weekends I work. Not as long of a day but I'll put in some hours. And then there's traveling for work and trade shows, car shows, cruise nights, anyway to promote the business.

Doesn't leave much time for blogging. That's why there haven't been many blog entries lately.

Plus there has been alot of work being done on the shop itself, trying to get ready for winter. Plus getting ready for SEMA. And of course Halloween stuff with my godsons. That is the biggest holiday around here what with the hayrides, the trip to the pumpkin patch, making jack o lanterns, baking seeds, making cookies and decorating. Christmas is a breeze compared to Halloween.

I take my work very seriously. I like for each paint job that come out of this shop to be incredible.

But things are slowing down a little, so I'm going to try and make more time for this blog. We have done alot of incredible work here this summer. Right now I have got to get in the shop. The big dog is yipping, he wants to play. But Mom has to work right now. Its a gray, windy day here in Waxhaw, but there still is a certain beauty listening to the wind in the tall trees.

Ok into the shop I go and be sure to check back for more updates soon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Back From the VTwin Expo

Chris Callen, editor of Cycle Source does the Capt Morgan with Dave Nichols, editor of Easyriders and Vtwin.

Despite the gloom and doom many in the press has been saying about the custom motorcycle industry and the fact that some great companies have closed down, there was this intensity in the air, a purely positive feeling.

Sure the VTwin Expo was smaller this year, but it did fill the main hall of the Duke Energy Convention Center. And I did not see many sad faces, instead people were smiling, talking, working. There were new products, in fact, there were alot of new products. There was this upbeat energy that you could feel.

It did not matter that it was freezing cold outside, we all had a great time. The Kris Krome/Tony Schumacher bike was amazing.

I still have to go though the pictures and then I'll post some and write more about the show. Check back this weekend for the pictures. Right now I gotta have some breakfast and get in the shop. It a sunny day here in the Carolinas.

Friday, January 29, 2010

First Place at the Easyriders Show!!!

A crew member here at Crazy Horse has won a First Place at the Easyriders Show here in Charlotte. The Chopper Farm is the bike shop and fabrication facility for Crazy Horse and Jim Bortles is the man behind the incredible bikes that come out of it. Last year, Jim picked up a stock sportster for less than $2000.

He has turned it into a badassed little hardtail bobber and now it is a show winning bike. His little low buck sportster beat out a whole crop of big buck bikes to take home that First Place. Jim's creations can be seen on our Custom Bikes page.

The Chopper Farm offers many services for bikes. From service and repair to customizing stock bikes to full on custom bike builds. And you won't find a btter price on custom work. Call 704-771-6405 to talk with Jim.

And 3 of our bikes, bikes with our paint and Jim's fabrication are featured in the 2010 Karney Law Firm Custom Bike Calendar.

That's it for now, Its almost Febuary and here in the Carolinas that means winter is half over. We have a full schedule of work for Febuary into March in the paint shop. So we'll be putting in some long hours so when the warm weather comes, our customers will be riding.
Check back to the blog for pictures of Jim's evil sporty bobber, the before and after pictures.

Hope ya'll are keeping warm out there.

Monday, January 4, 2010

15 Degrees

The thermometer is currently at 15 degrees here in old Waxhaw Creek. The forecast says it will get down to 10 next weekend. It might get to 35 today. Lovely weather for painting. Not! Our normal high is 50, the low is 30 for this time of year.
Long week of work ahead so this will be the only blog post this week. The shop is full of work and we have some amazing paint jobs for the months of January and Febuary.

Keep warm out there. Meanwhile I will be riding as I am still testing Harley's FXRG Riding Gear for Cycle Source magazine. Of course we would have to have to coldest winter in 30 years, the winter I choose to test riding gear.