/set up = done!/ 07/13/2009
This has been one long weekend moving into an equally long week! After upwards of 25 hours at the shop (and a rilly big party in the middle of it all) we managed to finish the plumbing, the head and get it all put together! for a first shot with no skills to speak of, we had a pretty phenomenal learning curve. 

We tested with air last night. Both exhausted, I'm glad badkitty encouraged me to just get it done. So today, we knew exactly what needed to be fixed. We only had two lines that were leaking. Tomorrow we'll get our propane tanks and test for real! wheeeeeeee!

...and here you have it! our lotus blossom. living and breathing in its base. once again, lots of futzing and redoing and changing and MATH...and mostly, it all worked out quite well. i'm pretty proud of us. 

at least two people at the shop today, after admiring how pretty it looked said, 'so, is it gonna spin around?' um, no. it will not. it will be on fire. is that ok? sheesh. expectations, people. just on fire. it is 'my first fire sculpture' after all. basic, people. very basic. 

and so now, as badkitty continues to work on the dragon head, i dive head first into fire plumbing. many more things to buy. for now, i'll revel in our accomplishment. we're nearly there!