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Good Plumbers are Hard to Find

A fellow blogger, Yvette,  asked me how many of these People at Work portraits are in the series.  I have lost count!  I started this project a long time ago.  I will know soon, though, once I dig in the archives.

Yesterday I  posted Piano Tilting, Tuning and Repair as part of my People at Work Series- Primarily Pittsburgh.

What I didn’t mention is that I was invited to have a show at Panza Gallery in Millvale in July -July of 2018!  This gives me plenty of time to photograph new People at Work.

I’ve had a lot of people working in my house this year, too.

When I taught photography at high school, I shared my People at Work portraits to students so they could a variety of  people doing different jobs.  I think that’s how the series started.  I’d engage with the person working and talk to them about my project.

Now I’ve made up some postcards and it adds some legitimacy to the project and keeps me on track and determined to work on photographing new and interesting portraits.

You may remember seeing some of these People at Work on the blog already.

Craig Morrow on the Left from Bicycle HeavenMark Panza at work, framing,Ron Ray  slicing strawberries for his funnel cake business, and at the top right Brye with her delicious baked goods at her and her husband’s excellent coffee shop- Zeke’s.  My middle portrait is the cotton candy man from PNC Park.

Today plumber Pete Tomkins returned to replace my bathroom faucets. He already put in a hot water heater.  I found him through my electrician  Scott, (I still need his photo) who put in the breaker box so Dan McDonald could install my new furnace.  It’s a regular family tree.

I had photographed Pete a few weeks ago when he installed the hot water heater.Thanks for agreeing to be in the show People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh.


PeteTomkins Plumber

Thanks Pete, for entrusting me with capturing your wonderful good nature!


Seriously considering what to do next about my old plumbing???



Two Bikes Eaten By a Tree

If you’ve been following the blog since October 2011, you might have seen the original post of Bicycle Heaven with the four fiberglass Bowden Spacelander bicycles. 

Today after a district in-service meeting at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a few of us dropped over to see Craig Morrow and his amazing Bicycle Heaven.  We got to see the latest addition.

Two bicycles in a tree were found in a farmer’s field that was being cleared.

The tree enveloped the bikes as it grew.

Found near Alliance, Ohio.  Posted on Craigslist. And then someone gave Craig a call about the Bike Tree and thought he might be interested in adding it to the Bicycle Museum’s collection.

When they cut the grass and underbrush, they found this…..  a 1930’s bicycle and a 1960’s bicycle, enmeshed in the tree’s growth.

Bike Tree

Thanks Marty, fellow art teacher, for moving the sign so I could get a good shot.

bicycle spokes and bark

It is something to see

Bike Tree

You’ve got to see it to believe it

Two bikes in a tree

The power and force of nature 

Freak of Nature

Here’s  the sign that Marty moved for me.

The Bike Tree

Craig MorrowCraig Morrow Owner of Bicycle Heaven – Curator of Bicycle Museum-

A welcoming host and knowledgeable guide for all things bicycle.

Bicycles Bicycles Bicycles Bicycles

banana bicycle seats Banana seats

bicycle tires

Bicycle tires for every bike

BicyclesRepetition and rhythm


Not sure what this mannequin’s role is at Bicycle Heaven but she’s interesting

Wanted Antique BicyclesGive Craig Morrow a call.  Make a trip to Pittsburgh to see Bicycle Heaven in person.

If you need bicycle parts, he’ll mail order

bicycle parts ready to mail

Bicycle parts awaiting shipping.   

You can rent the place for an event, too.


Here is a link Blog follower Jack sent to me later today about another old rusting bike, enveloped by a tree

Nostalgia for Metal Roller Skates and a Key Around the Neck

Photographed at Bicycle Heaven 10-26-11

When my family lived in Newark, NJ my brother and I used to skate around the block.  Your feet would hum after you took off the skates.  You left your regular shoe on your foot and tried to fit it into the metal brace.  I can hear the sound when I look at these old skates. Childhood of the 1950’s.  They were heavy.  At least that is how I remember them.

Bicycle Heaven Shop and Museum

Kurt and Craig in Bicycle Heaven.

People at work.  What an amazing place.  A field trip for photo class Wednesday night.  Craig and Kurt were most hospitable.  And you never saw so many bicycles in your life. Steamers for handlebars, baskets, reflectors, headlamps, tires, gears, seats. You name it. Anything and EVERYTHING for a bicycle. Whatever you want? It is there! Craig has been collecting bikes for 30 years and just put this place together in the last three months.  WOW is all we could say.  Holy Bikes! The four bikes on the wall are Bowden Spacelander bikes made of fiberglass designed in 1948. There are very few in the world and here were FOUR together !!!