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New Hawk

Hope you all have a safe, happy weekend.  Today I present my latest original hawk….his name is ‘Coor.’

(gargano's original Prairie Hawk)

This hawk is 17″ long with a wingspan of 35″ made from 83 aluminum cans.  I’m not a big beer drinker but I have a great source for obtaining all kinds of cans…beer and soda varieties.  Cute isn’t he?   haha


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Through the Windows of an Amtrak train

While waiting for the California Zephyr out on the platform recently, I thought back at some of the trips taken previously over the same stretch of track and wondered why I never get tired of the trip.  In fact, I always get excited anticipating the moment.  The truth must be that we never get tired or bored with the things we truly love………no matter what that might encompass.  That doesn’t mean, I don’t think, that because we are bored with something,  that we don’t love it.  I hope not.

But anyway, I also wrote this quick little triolet.  Hope your travels are happy ones.

 Through the Windows of an Amtrak Train

Through the windows of an Amtrak train
you can see America come alive.
You might see a snowstorm, tornado or just rain
through the windows of an Amtrak train.
Going through towns, over rivers, you might see a plane –
for sure, a Wal-Mart and MacDonald’s when you arrive.
Through the windows of an Amtrak train
you can see America come alive.

copyright © 2011 T.J. Gargano

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Copying the Hawk Form

I have become interested in building airplanes from beer and soda cans after viewing others’ attempts I have seen on the internet.  I admit that it has been a slow-go but it has been both fun and interesting.  Of course, there are other words to describe this hobby; challenging quickly comes to mind.

Anyway, as of a morning (and I live in the country), I go out on the deck and with coffee and a glass of juice in hand, sit, watch and listen to all the wild life that shares the sunrise with me.

Every few days, a large prairie red-tailed hawk makes an appearance, commanding the attention of everything around as it lights down in the high oaks and seeks out the tops of the telephone poles along the country road.

One of the challenges of the airplane is the wing assembly.  Since I have improved on the wing aspect in making these planes, my brain whispers to my mind that this body might be able to create one of these birds of prey out of these aluminum cans and so the idea is born.  The challenge is presented and I get excited to try it.

My first attempt is this “Bud Light Prairie Hawk” which surprisingly has garnered much attention given it is my first attempt.  Due to its popularity, I have quickly followed it with  Budweiser, Busch Lite, Bud Select and Coors Light hawks by request.  Of the many challenges these hawks present (a lot of people call them eagles….whatever….I tried to copy the gracefulness of that hawk that comes around) I can see now that finding them a piece of tree to light upon is going to be time consuming.

I will be presenting details of these hawks in the future but if you have any questions feel free to ask or tell me about anything else that might be feasible for me to make or that you would like to make with my suggestions.

again…..thanks for dropping by

copyright © 2011 T.J. Gargano

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