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May 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM
I could have used one of his “cycletrucks” to carry my groceries and one of his heavy-duty bike trailers to haul the little furniture that fit in my apartment.
“Haulin’ Colin,” as he is known in the local bike community, is making a name for himself in Seattle building such clever bike accessories and any kind of bike customization.
The 31-year-old started out as a computer-science major when he moved here from Bandon, Ore., to study at the University of Washington. But his love of bicycles and learning how to weld led him down a different career path.
These days Stevens works full-time creating unique pedal-powered machines and bike parts out of a crammed metal shop at Georgetown’s Equinox Studios, an enclave of “fine and heavy, arts and artisans.” His latest projects include a bookmobile bike trailer and a pedal-powered food processor for a zoo exhibit.
Stevens doesn’t consider himself an artist, but he enjoys the creative aspect of building things with his hands instead of writing software. “It’s more satisfying to make a physical thing,” he said.
Here are more sketches I made at Stevens’ metal shop while he worked on the food-processor bike commissioned by the Woodland Park Zoo.
October 22, 2010 at 5:44 PM
Sketched Oct. 20, 6:52 p.m. [Click on sketches to view larger]
Lynda Bazan’s three-story Victorian house in Georgetown looked like a dream home to me at first. But after the stories I heard, I don’t think I could sleep soundly in the 1903 “Georgetown Castle.”
According to the Friends of Georgetown History, the house is home to a healthy population of ghosts. There was the first owner, who took his life upstairs drinking carbolic acid. Then, the prostitute who may have been strangled by a magician when the residence was used as a brothel in the ’20s. And last, the baby who was supposedly murdered and buried under the back porch. “Whose baby was crying?” a guest once asked Bazan after a restless night.
“There seems to be a lot of banging noise, a lot of footsteps on the stairs, temperature changes…” said Bazan, who bought the Carleton Avenue property on a whim five years ago but has no regrets. Living here with her son and two teenage grandkids is a “dream situation.”
Bazan looks forward to wearing her Victorian dress on Halloween and greeting the hundreds of trick-or-treaters who stop by. “They’re pretty spooked,” she said. “I usually scream as I open the door.”
The “Georgetown Castle” is a highlight of Halloween walking tours organized by the Friends of Georgetown History. For tour information visit georgetownhistory.com and the Facebook page of The Georgetown Haunted History Tour.
The house was recently featured on the Travel Channel as one of the most terrifying places in America. Watch the video here.
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