Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
Iowa Dairy Farm resident. Problem-solving is a continued theme. Given breaker bar & plug gap & wire brush at 5yrs old. Know or learn how to fix anything. Welding, forging, foundry. To build, rebuild, repair any & all pieces of farm equipment. Including Diesel & Gasoline technology. Fine-tuning for best efficiency. Regular maintenance. Animal husbandry, cows, hogs, chickens, peafowl, gueinne fowl, goats, rabbits. Horticulture with appropriate forage mixes for cows. Corn, Soybeans. Not using pesticide or herbicide technology.
College Major in Industrial Technology, emphasis in Graphic Arts Technology. Exposure to all areas of industrial technology. Wood, Metal - foundry, forge, machining, Plastics, Fluidics, Automotive, Industrial Testing, non-destructive and destructive. Full BW darkroom, copy, plate, lithography.
Senior Systems & Network Engineer Working at the University of Iowa ITS, Mt Mercy College, to Siemens VDO, and Rockwell Collins - now Rockwell Avionics as a Senior Systems & Network Engineer. Now forcibly retired from 27 years as an IT Systems/Network Engineer. After an “Unscheduled Cardiac Event”. Experimentation with Linux and Raspbian (a limb of the Debian Tree) this included Raspberry PI series of SBC’s. Have a working Bitcoin harvesting matrix. Working with OctoPie on both Monoprice Mini v.1 and Creality Ender3 Pro 3D Printer. Enhancements to Ender ongoing.
Fiber Artist, Historic Preservationist.
I focus on my Fiber Arts role, hand-harvested, hand processed, hand-blended, hand-spun yarns. I use Angora Rabbit Wool, Alpaca, Llama, Bison, Silk, and other natural fibers. Hand-dye using both natural and commercial dyes.
I’ve been doing this for over 15 years. Since we acquired American Fuzzy Lop, French - Satin - Giant Angora rabbits. Showing them at ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) shows in MO, IA, MN, WI, IL. Being awarded Best of Breed & other awards by Many of the State Rabbit Breeders Clubs for multiple years. NARBC (National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club)National shows. Including a BOS French Angora.
Having lived in the very first building built in all of the "Amana Villages" see wiki "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_True_Inspiration" This is a post & beam building, hand adzed Iowa red oak posts & beams & black walnut studs. Built-in the summer of 1854 as a shelter for the first community members, as they had just purchased the land west of Iowa City, in Iowa County.
Local historic preservation planning & zoning district (the only one in Iowa, see Iowa Code 303.41). I was on the Historic Preservation Commission - the local CLG for 13 years, 10 as chair. I was also on the board of directors of the precursor to the current organization https://www.preservationiowa.org/. I worked closely with staff from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Oh, I raised 3 boys to adulthood, as productive members of society.