I was rather in over my head on a recent graphics thing and Bruce stepped up and offered to breeze through my dilemma. He did a great job and now I've got a tasteful logo for my hobby based machine shop.
This is related to another fun dealership story.
Mercedes began production of a new turbocharged inline six gasoline engine this year. It is the M256 and there is no drive belt. Instead of a converter hanging off the back of the crank there is a large electric generator. It weighs 45-50 lbs and acts as the starter, alternator, hybrid drive unit, and torque converter. This engine is in several of the new cars and SUVs. The dealership I worked at 5 years ago got a car that needed this generator replaced. The parts are not readily available yet so it took a little while to get one in. Then, they found out that Mercedes had not released the specialty tools to install the part. After another extend wait the tool arrived. It's little more than a long stick to hold the generator in line with the pilot bearing. Strangely, Mercedes didn't give them any way to hold this long stick.
Fearing this turning into a buy back situation they turned to the Mercedes Field Technical Specialist and cried for help. He had no official answer but knew about the tools I made for my store so he told them to call me. I checked out the situation, took some measurements, and thew them a quote. They bit so I knocked out the tool over the weekend. Money changed hand, they fixed the car, and the client is back on the road.
Now, the Mercedes FTS (a buddy who treated me to lunch today) asked me for some photos, the number of parts, and materials I used. He has forwarded it all to the corporate folks and is trying to get them to buy the tool from me. There are a lot of these engines out there but only one tool. Who knows? Maybe they'll buy the plans off me. They are known to recognize and reward cost saving input from corporate employees. Maybe Ridgewood Machine (my shop) will make its first corporate sale.
That was the encouragement I needed to get busy on the logo I wanted for the shop. Frustrated, I asked for help. Bruce volunteered. I threw him the stuff and he put it together. It is exactly what I hoped for.