Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Fine art giveaway continues


Seattle artist and finkbuilt friend Ken Barrett has recently been working on a neat series of small scale paintings. Ken likes the idea of giving away art, and has decided to bestow this little gem of a painting upon the finkbuilt readership, thereby keeping the fine art giveaway alive.

The painting is done in acrylic on a block of MDF 3.5 x 3.5 inches square, and the edges are painted black giving it a nice “gallery wrapped” look. This little beauty is just waiting to breathe a breath of fresh air into any intimate space that you might have in your quarters. Thanks Ken!


In order to become the keeper of this painting, all you have to do is estimate the number of discreet objects contained within this standard 6 oz. supermarket shrimp cocktail glass:


Joined but disntinct objects such as nuts connected to bolts will be counted as seperate items. Wood chips, dirt, and miniscule bits of shop debris will not be included in the final count.


Whoever comes up with the closest estimate will find themselves one Ken Barrett painting richer. Comments will be closed to entrants on July 10th.
Sorry a month is too long. Let’t make it July 1st.

Good Luck.

49 Responses to “Fine art giveaway continues”

  1. Steve James Says:


  2. Mike D. Says:

    May I just apply to win the debris?

  3. Tintin Says:


  4. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    33 tin-tin? 44 steve james??????

    no way man theres gotta be upwards of 87 bits and pieces in there…. i say i’m going to win and when i do i will donate the painting to whomever i think wrote the most god-awful post ib the contest…. ooops, looks like i started my own lil sub-contest here…. sorry schteve!

  5. brandon Says:

    I say 63

  6. Matt Schinckel Says:

    Is this like one of those shows where you have to guess the right amount without going over? In that case, 1; and a second guess 1 more than the highest guess!

    Just kidding, I’ll go for 72. (That’s also my weight in kilograms)

  7. Ralph Leonen Says:

    oh please, oh please, oh please be 215.

  8. Allen Ormond Says:

    88 items.

  9. joey Says:


    also, i need an idea for a painting. i’m thinking of going to Utrecht Art Supplies here in Seattle and getting the canvas and paint (that shop is so cool!). Any ideas for inspiration Steve?


    Don’t forget to check out Daniel Smith down on First Ave as well for supplies.

    Inspiration? You don’t seem exhibit any lack of creativity. How ’bout you start with a macro photo of your favorite bottle cap, and copy that.

    Or, how ’bout just start with a found painting from a thrift store (choose one with lots of existing texture). Just do some “Rothko” style color study over that just to get a feel for the paint. That way you will get a cheap frame and canvas for a few bucks.


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  12. Geoffrey Says:

    93 and it’s mine

  13. JTony Says:

    I think everyone is estimating way way too low.

    I say 112


  14. wink Says:

    94 items.

  15. Fred Blasdel Says:


  16. Joshua Conner Says:

    Wisdom-of-Crowds style, I took the mean of everyone’s guesses so far, which is 83. 83 is my guess!

  17. Andrew Berg Says:

    122 items.

    I’m betting that there’s a bunch of washers down at the bottom.

    But I can still win, even if there’s not, right?

    If I win, I promise to do a painting to give away.

  18. Marie McAllister Says:

    100 items is my guess.

    I love the cactus in the background. (Reminds me of when I was a kid, peering out of the windows of our double-wide trailor in Mojave Desert!)

  19. sidereal Says:


  20. Bob C. Says:

    Exactly 50.

    I want to win the most god-awful post.

  21. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    hey…. wait a minute…… all you crazy lemurs are rushing right off the cliff here… what happens if two people guess the same number? for instance, i guessed 87… I like 87 and if some sappy jack-ass-holio guesses 87 too i’m gonna be pissed off! thats my number essey! whatcha-gonna-doo Schteve-O ??

    Simmer down now.

    Numbers are first come, first served.

    Over-number guesses are eligible to win as long they are the closest to the actual number.


  22. Ed Tapanes Says:

    42, of course, is the answer!!! If it’s not, can I at least win a Finkbuilt towel?

    Ed T.

  23. Aaron Says:

    67…. obviously.

  24. Steve Says:


  25. star Says:


    that’s my guess.


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  27. Jen Says:


  28. kaufman Says:


  29. B.J. Friendly Says:

    In the spirit of this game: 76

  30. chris Says:


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  32. Medium Mike Says:

    the answer is 51

  33. Sky Richo Says:


  34. Jesika Says:

    118 sounds ’bout right.

  35. chris bellerose Says:

    28, I say that only because 27 is what actually popped into my head. I don’t trust my gut though, I’m a moron.

  36. Patrick Grote Says:


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  38. Jacob Says:

    this is an interesting way to give away a painting… have you worked in marketing & promotions before?

    I say exactly 88

  39. Jacob Says:

    scratch that 88 is already taken… I’ll guess 79

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  48. arnie Says:

    423, 648

  49. Jason Says:

    52. There is nothing funny about 52.