Looking at some old news letters from years ago I know these projects are known to many of our customers and thought the readers would enjoy these updates.
One of our favorites. The bomber article was in newsletter (Volume 1, Issue 4, page 4) in the winter of 2006. The Halifax Bomber was shot down by German anti-aircraft fire on April 23rd of 1945, killing all but one of the 6 crew members. Volunteers working on the restoration of the WW2 Halifax Bomber came to Shepherd to produce the 4 sections of the nose canopy. The plane was unveiled at the Royal Canadian Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ontario on November 5th, 2005 after 10 years of work by mostly volunteers to restore it after it was raised from a lake in Norway in 1995. The plane is a main attraction to the museum with our nose cone being front and center!
The Better Bee Hive!
You may recall our article (Volume 1, Issue 1, page 4) in 2004 on Ian Bigham and Andrew Sperlich, owners of Bee-O-Sphere Technologies in St. Williams, Ontario. Together they basically built the better beehive. Andrew has since bought out his partner and moved the company to Jamaica, where we currently ship product. The volumes have been steady over the years. Bee-O-Sphere primary market seems to be the hobbyist.
High School Hydrogen Car!
A couple years ago we helped the kids from Carter High School and there ambitious teacher Bryan C. that changed the wood shop into something the students could better relate to….. a go-cart shop. After building the first go-cart they decided to take on the challenge of building a Hydrogen powered car with the goal of breaking BMW’s v12 Hydrogen powered 1/8 mile record time. Shepherd completed forming the car’s body panels for the students to decorate a couple years ago. After challenges getting the engine to run, they did complete some testing on the track. No word on the record being broken however just the idea of a bunch of high school students, teachers, volunteers and supporters donating to get the project working is an accomplishment in itself!