Disney Park Props

Disney Park Props

Aug 22




Here’s my latest authentic Disney Parks prop find:



Disney Trashcan Plaque

Disney park used Tomorrowland and Main Street trash can plaques

These are plaques off trash cans in the Magic Kingdom. One is from Tomorrowland and the other from Main Street USA!
Here’s a shot of the back showing these are authentic park used pieces that still have the bolts intact where they were secured to the cans.


Disney trashcan plaque

Back of the plaques showing how they bolt to the trash cans.

 These were an awesome find. They’re in great shape and are going to clean up nicely.


They’re a great addition to my growing collection.



Flooded (again…)

Flooded (again…)

Aug 15
Ugh! This Summer has been plagued with a lot of rain.
My garage and shop flooded last month which I thought was a fluke. Well we got a deluge of rain last Tuesday and the garage and workshop flooded yet again.
Nothing got ruined, but it is a total pain having to move everything and clean it all up.
Here are some shots of the sediment and mud left behind.
So I took a vacation day on Friday. I moved everything out of the workshop, swept, hosed, squeegeed, and mopped the shop and one garage bay. Moved everything back once it dried and did the same for the remaining garage bay Saturday morning.
Here are some pictures of it being cleaned. Lots o’ fun! <sarcasm>
I’m hoping this is the last time I have to do this.
—– Brandon
My ’69 Camaro (the saga)

My ’69 Camaro (the saga)

Aug 11


I’ve had my ’69 Camaro convertible for over twenty five years. It’s one of the last cars my dad and I restored together before I moved out, life took over, and I had less and less time to spend with him wrenching, sanding, and painting. I miss those days.


This car has always had a tendency to heat soak the starter and leave me stranded. Even with a new 400 small block transplanted in it (after I spun a bearing in the 327 a couple years ago), it left me stranded at the gas station and had to be flat bed home. I got fed up with it and it has just been sitting the last couple of years. Sort of a time out, if you will.


This past Winter I decided I want to get it back on the road this year so I bought a high torque starter (the small one on the left) to replace the regular worn out one (the larger one on the right). I wanted to start working on it earlier this summer, but with the rain and all I figured it could wait.


About a week ago I finally had some time to wrench on it, but it turns out the new starter won’t line up and the gears won’t mesh with the flywheel. The pinion gear on the new starter has 11 teeth and is supposed to be a direct replacement for the original 9 tooth one I’m replacing, but after many wasted hours of trying to get it to line up and the teeth to mesh, I call bullsh*t on that. This thing just won’t line up period. Unfortunately, I’ve had the starter way too long to return it. Crap!


High torque starter

Mini starter on the left won’t line up

Ebay and Skip White’s Performance Shop to the rescue! I picked up a shiny new 3 hp mini high torque starter (9 tooth pinion) and put it on this past Saturday. It’s a straight bolt pattern configuration, bolts right up to the 400 small block, and works exactly as it should. No shimming and no cussing. Let’s fire it up and get this thing timed!…. Well…. ummmmm… the Camaro seems to have other plans…..


New high torque starter

New kick ass starter from Skip White’s Performance

The new starter is in, she’s rollin’ over like she should, but … now it won’t fire. What the fu… (whoa! watch the language)?!?!


So, now it’s time for troubleshooting 101:

– Fuel? –> Check

– Spark? –> Nothin’ (Sigh… It ran when I parked it. C’mon! They’re all new parts. C’mon!)


Here’s a shot of the dismantled HEI distributor on the bench getting ready to have all its vitals (pickup, coil, ground wires, etc…) checked. Everything I can troubleshoot checked out fine so that meant a trip to the parts store for them to test the ignition module. The ignition module checked out fine (really????).


HEI Distributor

HEI Distributor


So I buy some dielectric grease, head home, put it all back together (for about the 10th time), and it fires right up first try. Really? Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy it fired up; but I honestly don’t know what caused it not to fire before and can’t say I trust it since I don’t know what was broke. The only thing I did different was I left the tach wire off, but that really shouldn’t make a difference. Especially since everything was working when I parked it including the tach.


By the time I got it running, it was late on Sunday and I was just done. What should have been an hour or two on Saturday went well over the time I set aside to work on this. My plan now is to set the timing and mess with the tach sometime later this week.


To be continued…


New stuff

New stuff

Jul 19



Been working on new items for ye ol’ Ardoria store.


Here are a few new items we have in stock (for more info click here –> Ardoria):


Carpenter Bee Trap
Fleur-de-lis Carpenter Bee Trap


Victorian Wine Caddy
Victorian Wine Caddy


Victorian Wine Caddy
Victorian Wine Caddy


Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy
Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy


Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy
Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy


More to come, stay tuned.





Outdoor Deck Wine Accessory

Outdoor Deck Wine Accessory

Jul 06



Summer is finally here!!!


Here’s the perfect wine accessory for the great outdoors. Whether just relaxing or having fun entertaining, this is a great accessory for your deck.


 I make these and sell them through Ardoria Studios.


As you can see in the photos, these are designed to hold other beverages too.


They are solidly constructed of wood and aluminum. Everything is coated with outdoor rated finishes so they can withstand the elements.


These attach easily to a deck post or 2×4 railing with 2 screws (included).


Click here for more details and pricing: –> Deck Wine Holder











Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Jul 04




Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!!!

Dane and I went to to the fireworks store yesterday and are ready for tonight. Missy is making BBQ pulled pork. It’s going to be a great day today.

Thank you to everyone who has served or are currently serving in our military.


—– Brandon

For Sale – Antique Chamois – $125

For Sale – Antique Chamois – $125

Jun 01

I have an antique Chamois I recently restored up for sale over on Ardoria.

These pieces are very hard to find in good condition.

I bought this one on Ebay. It had a couple condition issues and I restored it with the plan of keeping it; but we already have a couple similar to this one in our collection.

So here’s a chance to own a fully restored great piece.

Click on the pictures below to view the larger images:

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Click here to see more pictures and/ or purchase this piece –> Antique Chamois

Thank you for looking,



—– Brandon







Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

May 12


Here’s a rare piece that I just finished recently for the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.

The antique dealer Arlene Wagner (Nutcracker Museum’s curator) bought it from thinks the piece is from around the 1830’s and was made in France.

I only fixed the lower lip and left the rest of the piece’s character intact. When a piece is this old, doing a minimal restoration helps maintain its age and integrity.


Joan of Arc Figural Nutcracker

Before Restoration


Joan of Arc Figural Nutcracker
Before Restoration


Joan of Arc Figural Nutcracker
After Restoration


Thanks for looking,

—– Brandon