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Friday, March 5, 2010

My inventive, creative, mechanical son.........

This is my third son, Grayson and I just wanted to share with you a little bit about him. He has always been a thinker, problem solver and an inventor. He is very mechanically inclined. Hey, it looks light he just got a bright idea! ha!
I wanted to show you this cute little book that I found in his room when he was about 13 years old.
It's an idea book full of his ideas and inventions and things he would like to make.
He has sketches and instructions all through out it.
I was so impressed with him when I found this! To be so young and so inventive is just amazing to me!

Creative (kre-a-tiv): adj. Characterized by originality; imaginative

Invention (in-ven-shen): n 1. The act or process of inventing.
2. A new device or process developed from study and experimentation.
3. Skill at inventing: inventiveness.
He sketched out his ideas on how to make a steam engine and......Here's the finished product! This is a project he made in his spare time just for fun when he was a sophomore. This steam engine actually really works! He started the year before with an old coffee can and slowly it developed and grew into this. I often took him to the recycle center and he would pick up odds and ends to use on his steam engine. The canister that holds the water is an old fire extinguisher!
Here are some sketches on making a trebuchet.
Here's trebuchet idea #2.

And here's the finished product! Isn't this impressive! I can't believe he did this! He launched many a potato with this thing!
His inventing/project buddy is Garrett. Here's a picture of them out in the garage on their cool lawn mower Go-Karts! I think they were about 14 years old here. They have always known each other, but became close friends at about age 12.
Here's Grayson riding his go kart. To transform it from a riding lawnmower, he took off the cutting blades, adapted the steering wheel, altered the seat, bought a new motor for it and turned it into one cool hot rod!
He decided he wanted one that was bigger and better, so he bought a bigger lawnmower and transformed it too!
He's had so much fun driving that thing around the neighborhood!
Over the years he has made all kinds of inventions and gadgets. Here's a gas powered remote control that he made using an old weed whacker motor.
"Inventing is a combination of brains and materials.
The more brains you use, the less material you need."
~ Charles Kettering

"To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what
we normally take for granted."
~George Kneller

On to the next project! The next big idea was to attach a motor to his bicycle. He bought an old broken chainsaw motor, fixed it up and welded it to the back of his bike.
Both of the boys made one and they rode them to school every day!
They were kind of loud and everyone in town could hear when they were coming! In fact, they were so loud that one day when a reporter from the local newspaper was at the high school doing a story and she heard them and saw them off in the distance and asked someone what that sound was. She was told, "That's Grayson and Garrett on their motorized bicycles"
The reporter was so interested that she hunted the boys down and interviewed them for an article for the newspaper! They actually got a full page story written about them with color pictures!

My son has had many more inventions and projects. He made an automatic door closer for his bedroom door where all he had to do is push a button when was laying in bed and it closed his door! Him and Garret also made an air conditioner out of an old cooler, a fan and some ice! These are the same two boys that had the idea to pull the mattress on the back of the truck and ended up getting on the Doctor Phil show for mattress surfing (click here to read full story)! Well, one day he pulls into the driveway with all of this junk!
Can you guess what he's going to make? He's going to make a hot rod dune buggy!
"None of my inventions came by accident - they came by work."
~ Thomas Edison
"We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential.
Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys."
~ Eric Hoffer
"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."
~ Thomas A. Edison
"Necessity is the mother of invention." ~ George Farquhar

"Things are only impossible until they're not."
~Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation
He started with just bars of metal, tires and an old motor. He welded the bars together to make the frame and slowly added the axle and all the other important features to make a buggy.
Here's the frame with tires, seat and motor .
Busy working in the garage, his favorite thing to do. Oh how I love to walk out to the garage to get something and find him working out there! :0)
Here's Grayson and Garrett working on it. Garrett helped Grayson a lot with this project.
He's added shock absorbers to it.
Here he is welding.
He's a happy guy working on his project!
It looks like he's added the steering wheel on to it.
He does a very good job with his welding.
"Our inventions mirror our secret wishes."
~ Charles H. Duell
"I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success."
~ Nikola Telsa
"I'm more interested in what I discover than what I invent." ~ Paul Simon
It's coming together!
Working on the break system.
Time to paint the frame.
This is the primer coat.
Look at all the paint it took!
The final color is a forest green.
Working on the tires.
Sitting back proudly looking at his project!
That's a big motor!
He found a better seat, so he upgraded! Click here to see what they did with the old chair! It's pretty funny! :0)
This project took several months. Because they were both attending school and working, they could only work on it at night and on weekends. It took a long time, but they stuck with it!
Any spare moment he was out in the garage working on it!
It's pretty amazing to think that this started as bars of metal!
It's finally finished! Time for a test run!!!
Oh my gosh! It's running wonderfully! He has been having a blast with it!
Double checking the break system.
Isn't it cute!
Now that's a sweet ride!
Eric and I were watching him drive it around the neighborhood.
He looks cute in it!
Here's Grayson and his girlfriend, Rachelle, brother Mackenzie, Uncle Ralph, Cousin Harrison and his girlfriend Nicky, checking it out at Christmastime.
Grayson and Garrett with the finished product! They couldn't be prouder!
Grayson told me this is his favorite picture, it has his sweet go kart and his sweet girlfriend in the picture! He has this one on his laptop desk top!
Well, that lasted for a few months and then he wanted to make a bigger, better dune buggy. So back to the old I found this to do list attached to the buggy and thought it was cute!
I also noticed this marking on the buggy....G n G Engineering which stands for Grayson and Garrett. I love it!
It's definately bigger....
...and more beefy!
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen
and thinking what nobody has thought."
~ Albert Gyorgyi
"Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age."
~ Jonathan Swift

"The Possible's slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination."
~Emily Dickinson
That motor is a beast!
I am so impressed with this involved steering system. He sure knows what he's doing!
"Invention breeds invention"
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I believe in being an innovator."
~ Walt Disney

"The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B."
~James Yorke
Isn't this amazing! And to think he started as a little boy drawing sketches in his idea book!

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
~ Steve Jobs
A sketch I found on his dry erase board in his room when he was about 16.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ~George Smith Patton, War as I Knew It, 1947

I am so proud of my son (I can actually say this about all of my sons!)!!! He never ceases to amaze me! I really would't be surprised if he ended up inventing something very special that the world needs!

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Colossians 3:23

Love, Sharon

1 comment:

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

WOW - that is amazing!!! How did he/they ever learn how to do that stuff??? Just wait till he is all grown up and working somewhere - like NASA? That looks soooooo complicated! Would he know how to fix a transmission? (just kidding - ours went out on our "new" '98 van!) But what a wonderful education they have - you surely can be proud of them!

Hope you had a good Christmas - it was good getting to read your blog again! One of these days I gotta do something with my blog too - oh well!

Hope you have a wonderful New Year - God Bless!

Hugs from Michigan - Diane

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