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February 2 / 2017

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Attention!
We will not be having any of our one day workshops at Wind Chasers for the next couple of years. We are scaling back here for the next two years so that we can spend more time working on our house. We are retiring in less than two years and we need to have the house ready to live in by that time. Our hope is that when the house is finished and we are retired, that we can have workshops more often. There is a lot of interest and it's growing all the time!
We had another great workshop here at Wind Chasers on Saturday, November 1! The weather was perfect and everyone had a good time. There were lots of laughs and a lot of good information was shared.

The following is a collection of pictures from the workshop showing all of the great activity that was going on during the afternoon blade carving session. All of the blades turned out really well and everyone was very pleased!

 

 

On Saturday, May 3, 2008, we had another very successful workshop here at Wind Chasers. Eight intrepid future turbine builders braved the rotten, rainy day to learn a thing or two about turbines. Despite the pouring rain, a good time was had by all and much information was shared. Ideas and theories were discussed and world problems were solved! Not really, but we tried!

 

Here's a group shot of everyone just before they left for the day, proudly holding the blades that they made during the afternoon session of the workshop. From the left, Craig, Ken, Gary, Tad, Chris, Tom, Carl, Ian and Steve.
Ken works on his blade during the afternoon session.

Tom doing some precise measuring while his son Chris looks on.

Gary makes the first cuts as Ian and Carl watch carefully.

Steve still working.

Lots of work going on! Gary waits for his turn while Steve checks measurements on his blade.

Mike keeps a watchful eye on Steve to make sure that he does it right! 

Carl and Ian working on their blades.

Mike gives Steve some pointers on making the perfect blade!

Carl and Ian still plugging away!

Craig helps Ken with measurements.

After the workshop was finished for the day, Tom and Chris got stuck on the lawn when they tried to leave. Luckily, Mike had his electric jeep here to save the day and pull that big diesel out! Thanks Mike! We knew that jeep would come in handy some day!

 

May 5th, 2007

We had another great, one day, workshop here on May 5th. Eight people attended and a good time was had by all ! Most of the people were from Southern Ontario, but there were two gentlemen here who came  from near Rochester NY. These two men were quite interested in our electric car since they have both built electric cars of their own back home! Craig had a great time showing it off to everyone!

The workshop started at around 9:00 am. and finished around 5:00 pm. Lots of good information and ideas were shared. There was a lot of hands on learning with the coils and blades. All in all, it was a wonderful day! Good people, great lunch and lots of laughs!

9:00 am. Everyone had just arrived and were getting to know each other an talking about what would be happening for the day.
Everyone busy in the shop learning how to make blades. We spent quite a lot of time on this since it seems to be the one thing that is most intimidating to almost everyone. All of the participants finished a blade an took it home with them for future reference.
Craig helping Viz at the bandsaw.
Viz helping J.F. at the bandsaw!

Craig watching as Allan runs his blade through the saw.

Explaining some of the finer points of the blade finishing.

John at the bandsaw with his blade!

Fred and Allan using the grinders to get some wood off quickly!
Allan, J.F, Viz and Dave working on blades.

Al using the belt sander for the finishing touches.

J.F. and Dan.

 

More blade work!
And still more blade work!
At the tower just before the end of the day. Everyone had lot's of questions.
Explaining all of the details about the tower.
Craig explaining how the gin pole operates. and how important it is to have the gin pole be the proper length according to the tower height.
Showing the box that holds the rectifiers where the power gets switched from AC to DC to enable it to be stored in the batteries.
Craig explaining the use of winches to bring the tower up and down. We have a winch on each end of the tower to make it a little easier.

After everyone had left for the day, Simon decided to relax on the roof of the electric car. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it's cat friendly too!

November 4th Workshop
On November 4th, we held our first ever one day workshop. We hosted a group of four people from the Caledon area. We were really pleased with the workshop and everyone seemed to have a good time! There was a lot of information squeezed into a few hours!
Mike, who came to help out for the day, Craig, Jean-Marc, William, Mark, and Kris just as they were getting ready to leave.

Jean-Marc winding a coil while the rest of the group helped count the wraps!

Craig demonstrating the finer points of blade carving.

Mark showing how it really should be done!

Craig showing how the finished turbine is assembled.

All in all, a great day!