Russ Quon mods guitars. He started in the 60s when, as a player, he found himself frustrated paying for repairs that weren't always to his standards.
His 1974 Gibson, shown in the top photo, was an even bigger transformation. When Russ got it, it had a broken neck and had been partially sanded down as if someone had intended to refinish it. Russ completed the sanding, refinished the Brazilian mahogany body, and repaired and straightened the neck to create a custom vintage guitar which he now treasures.
Our second guest was Jeff Stewart, brother of our community mentor Jim. Jeff's specialty is in building and restoring steam engines. He told us about his fully restored steam tractor, which he uses annually to make apple cider on his farm in Washington.
The second engine was called a flame eater. I didn't get a photo of it but did find this personal page full of information on engine modeling (with a little help from Google Translate).
Finally, Jeff brought out a piece of nitinol memory wire, which sprang back to its original shape after being dipped in the same hot drink that ran the Stirling.