Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bridges and Birthdays

This past week has been a very eventful one. I decided last Tuesday that I was going to build a bridge (this last line has been a great conversations starter). Anyways, last week I got into a deep conversation about the physics behind the building of brides, which turned into a conversation about contests where people build bridges and then compete with others to see how much weight their bridge can hold. You can look here to see one of those contests in action. Well, after a lot of thought and a trip to Michael's, I decided to build a bridge. My bridge, however, will not be participating in any contests due to the fact that it isn't being built for that purpose. I am going to build a bridge that is going to look awesome. Here, in fact, is a picture of what my bridge is going to look like:


The picture of the bridge that is drawn in red was the original idea, but as I got deeper into the construction and study of bridges I decided to go with something a little more intricate, and that is when I decided to go with the second drawing, which is in black. I was looking at different bridges online and decided that the London Bridge gave me the most inspiration. If you want to see what the London Bridge looks like, you can click here.

The next few pictures are different phases that I have gone through to get to where I am at. The first picture is showing what the table looked like right before I started working. You will see two pictures of different bridges in this picture, they were just to help me understand a little bit on how the columns were to be constructed.

Phase One: Columns

Phase 2: Connecting the columns 
Phase 3: Arch support

I know it doesn't look like much now, but this is only the beginning. This bridge is going to look amazing. If you noticed in the very first picture, the bridge that I am planning on building has a drawbridge. Well, I will have you know that my bridge will also have a working drawbridge. I just have to figure out how to build a cranking type system first. It is going to be cool. I'm pretty sure it is going to be my new coffee table ornament. 

Now, Like Zach mentioned in his latest post, here, it is was my Aunt Connie's birthday today. She was nice enough to invite me to her birthday party for cake and ice cream. I wish I could have gotten a picture of her, but I didn't. Fortunately, I didn't come home empty handed, because I got a snap shot of my Grandma wearing some pretty stylish sun glasses, as you can see here:


She is so hot right now!!

If you have any ideas on how I can build a crank system that would work on the "Parry Bridge" let me know. (I named it just now, if you have any better ideas for a name, I am open for suggestions.)

9 Comments:

Blogger Adelheide said...

Grandma is such a good sport.

July 14, 2008 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Lauren Rice said...

I have several things to say.

1. I did not know you had a blog.
2. When did you get a blog?
3. The bridge is looking very impressive, seriously.
4. There is a picture that looks like you drew a larger version of the bridge. Did you draw that?
5. You should really get over how much math is in architecture and just major in it.
6. I'm not kidding. You'd love it and you'd be good at it.
7. Don't let these compliments go to your head.

July 15, 2008 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger The Findarle Family said...

Grandma IS so hot right now! Cool bridge! I wish I was that creative. Also... The name you have is good.... but just an idea... Bridge Over Parrybetha... I think that rhymes with a movie but maybe not. Oh well

July 15, 2008 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I like Audrey's bridge name suggestion. I have to say, I am pretty impressed with your bridge. When you were telling me about it, it didn't sound that cool but it is looking REALLY cool! I can't wait to see the finished product.

July 17, 2008 at 4:46 AM  
Blogger Jacob Parry said...

I think I like the name as well...Although it would have to be "Bridge over Parrybithia" not betha.

It is official...that is the new name.

Weee!

July 17, 2008 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

By the way, that is the Tower Bridge not the London Bridge. The London bridge is actually quite plain. Common mistake. (I was corrected on a tour in England)
Looks good though. I guess we left too early, we didn't get to see Grandma in her shades. Nuts~

July 17, 2008 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Elaine Parry said...

I'm always the last one getting around to reading these blogs. Darn!

Jacob, I had no idea that you are so creative. Your bridges are really impressive.

What did you say you are going to major in? I'll bet bridge building pays well.

July 20, 2008 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I just saw the "Tower Bridge" and it really is impressive, but not as impressive as yours. I like the name as well. How about the Parry Gate Bridge or the Bridge Over Parry Waters?

July 20, 2008 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Eliza said...

How about "This Bridge is Parry Gay"? JK, your bridge is freaking awesome and you are freaking awesome for making the bridge.

August 12, 2008 at 9:27 PM  

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