Hanging in the studio

I started this morning by putting up a swing and a trapeze bar with rings, adding to the knotted rope ladder that’s already up. The swing is actually higher than the ones at all but the biggest parks! It looks a bit shoddy, I know, but the ropes should support a thousand pounds, so my biggest thing to keep an eye on is whether the I-beams fray them at all. Nefarious has a friend coming over tomorrow who I hope will be suitably impressed.


That big room with the swings is the least finished room so far — it’s got tons of unpacked stuff, garbage, and miscellany scattered about. We’ve got the living room 90% done, and as you can see from the picture (which you can click for a much bigger version) I did some serious ladder climbing to hang paintings twenty or so feet up. The concrete floor — which I’m told is seriously reinforced with metal, as this was once a munitions factory — is a bit uneven so it was a little scary up there!


Other than that, I ordered a cool TouchShield kit yesterday, so when that gets here I’m very much looking forward to starting work on some microcontroller programming — I’m planning on using those skills to really do a great job of the submarine and hovercraft projects.


  1. just ordered an arduino myself. good luck with that.

    Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
  2. Yiddishe.Neshmoneh wrote:

    what a fantastic looking studio.

    Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  3. Anselm wrote:

    Shannon- if you’re worried about those ropes fraying, try slipping some pieces of garden hose over them. Works a treat!

    Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
  4. E wrote:

    It looks super awesome and fun!

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 5:53 am | Permalink
  5. angela wrote:

    When suspension groups rig to i-beams like that we usually wrap the beams in old towels, pieces of cheap camping mats etc to minimize/reduce fraying.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 9:18 am | Permalink
  6. Tera wrote:

    It seems like you’re giving Nefarious such a great childhood… this is the stuff we all dreamed about when we were little. It would be nice if all parents cared so much and were able to pay so much attention to their children.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  7. A munitions factory? that’s a fascinating bit of history to be sure.

    The living room is looking awesome, so full of life and love.

    Have a great week! Looking forward to your next update.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
  8. Seeds wrote:

    The place looks amazing!

    My contribution to the rigging debate is to suggest that you buy some slings and karabiners from a climbing shop and hang the ropes from those. Slings are made to go around stuff like that. Or – if its a permanent arrangement – in rope access we use wire slings in plastic tubing for moving horizontally along I-beams. They’re probably the most durable and worry-free option.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  9. the second pinture made me envious. this place looks awesome. =]

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  10. jonny wrote:

    yeah what i do when we rig in theatre is both to use a sling, which is specifically designed for rigging like that, and then wrapping the I beam in and offcut or whatever of carpet as a double protection from fraying the edges, might be a small hassle now, but will protect your rope from snapping and hurting Ari in the long run

    Monday, April 27, 2009 at 5:49 am | Permalink
  11. Aaron wrote:

    i have to admit, i’m jealous of the all-white cove i see in the first picture!

    Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 10:01 am | Permalink
  12. Bookie_Chick wrote:

    I really like all of your art on the wall. I’m green with evny because Ari has the ultimate play “room”!

    Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  13. Cody wrote:

    Hey, that’s where I did my first suspension! What an awesome looking studio.

    Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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