While the Detroit Pistons will continue to try to find their footing now that the regular season has begun, one of the team’s new faces has found his.
When the team signed Josh Jackson during the shortened offseason, it recognized that it was getting some power on defense, as well as versatility. Now it’s already seeing it.
Jackson netted a team-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting (3-of-7 from three) and six rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench in Wednesday’s season-opening 111-101 loss at Minnesota.
The Pistons face the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday in their home opener at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
“I’d like to think of myself as a guy who’s pretty adaptable,” Jackson said. “This is my third team I’ve been on and every team has been different.”
His regular-season debut in a Pistons uniform shouldn’t come as a surprise after a strong preseason. In the Pistons’ four exhibition games, Jackson averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He shot 48.5 percent from the field while netting 50 percent of his threes (9-of-18).
With a strong preseason and solid opening night, Jackson is already showing why the Pistons signed him.
“Really excited for Josh,” Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said. “He is a great story. They kept him in the G League in Memphis most of last year, and Troy (Pistons general manager Weaver) has had his eye on him for a long time.”
Ahead of the 2017 NBA draft, Jackson drew comparisons to Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. Scouts highlighted his vision on the court, athleticism and shot-making skills. The Phoenix Suns selected Jackson fourth overall, behind Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum.
“He’s not a finished product, he still has some things to look at and get better with, but yet still, I love the way he’s come out and approached the early part of the season,” Casey said.
Jackson, who will turn 24 in February, has found chemistry with his new team quickly. Now with his third team in three years, he credits the adjustment to his team-focused mindset.
“Every team I come in on, I just try to find something that I can do well for the team,” Jackson said. “I call myself the jack of all trades. That basically means I’m not really great at any one thing, but I’m pretty good at a lot of things. So I just come in and try to find a few things that I can help the team to do. And that’s what I’ve been doing here.”
Taking care of the ball
One of the challenges that plagued the Pistons during the preseason was their high number of turnovers. As a team with 11 new faces and a condensed offseason, turnovers will be a big part of the Pistons’ growing pains.
Ahead of Wednesday’s opener, Casey said that 14-15 turnovers would be a big improvement from the 20-plus they averaged in exhibition games. In the first half Wednesday, Detroit had just three, but in the second the Pistons tacked on 12 to end the night with 15.
“Well, 3½ quarters is safe to say (they were good),” Casey said. “We had a lot of bad turnovers in that last portion of it, and then defensively we had some huge breakdowns, lost vision of the 3-point shooter.”
The Timberwolves made 22 percent of their shots in the first half while making 30.4 percent in the second. It was back-to-back threes from D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley that gave the Timberwolves their first lead of the night.
On top of that, the Pistons didn’t capitalize on offensive rebounds to get second-chance points. Detroit had just eight, while Minnesota’s night on the offensive boards yielded them 16 second-chance points.
Casey said that the team will now make sure its guards aren’t making their way to the other end of the floor too early.
“We’ve already run a lot of what we call sandwich drills, making sure we get two people on the monster,” Casey said. “We play Cleveland, it’s going to be huge for us because they have some dynamic offensive rebounders, Andre (Drummond) and (Larry) Nance and (Kevin) Love, those guys are dynamic rebounders. Guards have a tough job to do, either get the long rebounds or come in and sandwich and be a part of the party.”
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Giving Old Pistons New Attitude
Clint Eastwood is well-known for his quintessential ‘spaghetti western’ personas. His characters typically offer up a mean scowl while biting half a cigar. That’s exactly the look Doug Rogers was going for with his PistonFace artwork. Rather than letting pistons get thrown in the trash or melted down, Doug, under his PistonFace moniker, retains the history of these pistons and makes them into pieces of art that emote and tell a story.
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“I’ve developed a signature look,” Rogers says. “The first face I did had kind of a scowl, bite and chomping down on a cigar, which was basically due to Clint Eastwood. I was a big Clint Eastwood fan and I just remember the drifter character from the spaghetti westerns. He always had half a cigar and was always biting down on it with a scowl. He’s kind of mean-looking and that’s what I wanted to do, and it goes with my slogan – ‘giving old pistons new attitude.’”
In the world of engine rebuilding, we’re inherently giving old engines new attitude and a second chance at life, but in more cases than not, many engines and parts become forgotten trash. However, there are a number of people who have gotten creative with old engine components to turn them into something else, and Doug Rogers of PistonFace in Salem, OR, is a great example of how you can rescue little pieces of engine history one piston at a time.
It’s his passion for art and history that we want to shine a spotlight on. Due to that passion and creativity, Doug can no longer walk passed a piece of metal without seeing something that could be done with it.
“What’s weird is I can’t walk past metal now and not see something,” Rogers says. “Before, I would have scrapped things or threw things away. Now, I realize I can use that for something, so it’s made me a bit of a hoarder.”
Doug’s love for all things automotive didn’t simply start with his PistonFace artwork (pistonfaceart.com). He’s been around car culture his whole life and has spent his entire career in it.
“For me, it all started with the movie American Graffiti, I guess,” he says. “We had American Graffiti cruise nights in El Cajon, CA. As a kid, I had all these images of fast cars. In the neighborhood there was always these fast cars and hot rods and stuff.
“I graduated high school in ‘84 and I got a job at a gas station. All my money went into building cars. We used to illegal drag race and all that stuff. Second Street was a big deal in El Cajon – it always made Hot Rod magazine’s top cruise spots. That car culture was all around there.
“In 1992, I had worked at the gas station for eight years and that was kind of winding down and they were changing direction. I was 25 or 26 and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. My parents lived up in Salem, OR, and there is a community college nearby called Chemeketa Community College, which had an automotive program. I already had about $30,000 in tools – I’d been buying Snap-on since I was 18 – so I decided to go into the automotive program.”
Doug graduated in 1994 and got a job working as a technician in a GM dealership. Fast forward to 2018 – he had been working 24 years straight with GM dealerships as a service technician doing drivability and electrical.
“At that time, I got an opportunity to go back to Chemeketa Community College and work as an automotive instructor,” he says. “That’s what I do now.”
Part of accepting the automotive instructor position meant Doug had to take a sizable pay cut, and his brother-in-law, who is a teacher in California, suggested Doug find something he loved to do and make some money on the side.
“When I was still working as a tech, I had a jet ski piston that I scratched a face on with a cordless Dremel,” he says. “I drilled some holes for eyes and a nose. I took it to work and showed my friends who thought it was really cool and they asked if I could make them one. Of course, I said OK. We found a junk piston around the shop and I carved somebody up one. The next thing you know, I put the photos of it on Facebook and everybody started asking if I sold those.”
Doug had found his side gig, although he admits, his early piston faces were fairly rudimentary. He still has his very first one in his office, which he made in November 2017.
“My friend talked me into getting on Instagram and that’s where it just took off,” Rogers says. “It motivated me. I’ve met other artists through the internet who I’ve collaborated with and I’ve made some good friends around the world even though we haven’t met in person. It’s just awesome. I now have 8,500 followers who appreciate what I do. It’s just been a blessing. It’s kind of a therapy.”
Looking at Doug’s piston art, you might guess he has a fairly extensive art background, but it seems his talents came naturally and have been honed over the years.
“I’ve always had a little bit of an artsy side, but I’ve never considered myself to have a talent really,” he says. “I don’t know where my ability comes from other than I just like things that look neat. I’m not the first person ever to carve a piston, or the last to do it, but I just developed a style that I like. I like them to emote. I like them to have an attitude. That’s just my personality. I’m kind of a jokester and I like custom culture art like Ed Roth (Rat Fink) and stuff like that. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s evolving and I’m going with it.”
How does Doug make his works of piston art? He primarily carves them using hand tools and a lot of creativity.
“I just have small tools here,” he says. “I don’t have a lathe or any machines. I do this with Dremels, hand bits and hand drills. Right now, I have a Craftsman. My tools are just mechanic’s tools – thread inserts, angled side cutters, various hand drills, files, micro files, brass hammers, miniature ball peen hammers, and crescent wrenches.
“I have tons of drill bit sets with different coatings. I have an 8˝ drill press for my bench that I do some stuff. For the most part, when I drill a piston out, I have a DeWalt cordless drill that I use because they have a little clutch on them. I just hold it by hand with a box to catch the chips.”
The pistons themselves come to Doug in a number of ways. He either purchases them himself, customers send him their old or damaged pistons to work on, or piston manufacturers donate the pistons they can’t use.
“I’ve been fortunate enough that I reached out to JE and CP Carrillo, etc. after somebody suggested that I do that,” Rogers says. “CP and JE have been awesome by sending me some scrap. I can’t think those guys enough. Those people have been so gracious and nice, and I tag them on social media. When I use one of their pistons, I try and identify what it’s from. With CP, I’ve got some really cool, custom, one-off pistons.
“I prefer it if somebody sends me a piston that they have a cool story with. My whole thought with this is that all these pistons have a story. If they could talk, they could tell you some sketchy or harrowing tales of what happened. We’ve all had close calls or we’ve all over revved engines and some of these come with some real awesome, natural damage.
“A guy sent me a ‘55 Harley Panhead where his throttle plate screws came out. I did what I do to the piston and then I was able to leave the damage there. I also just did a 352 Ford piston for a guy who has a killer old Ford wagon and the piston has all kinds of detonation damage on the top and it just looks really cool, so I retained the damage. That piston was probably going to be melted down and thrown in the trash. Now it’s a story and it’s tied to him.”
You might also notice that many of Doug’s pistons feature a bullet cigar to complete the look or add to the piston’s story. Doug saves those old bullet casings specifically for his art.
“Using shell casings are kind of my thing,” he says. “One of my hobbies was shooting and reloading ammunition. I keep those spent casings. If you go out to a shooting range or into the woods where people have been shooting for sport, you’ll find brass all over the ground. That’s more trash that could be reused.
“I use a .45 ACP in a lot of my pistons because the size is good and that’s an iconic round from the Browning 1911 pistol, which is an iconic pistol from the United States. John Browning is the grandfather of the machine gun. To fit the cigars, I’ll buy toothpicks and mix up J-B weld and some epoxy to hand fit the cigars and press fit them in there. I like the historical nature of all of this and I’m happy doing what I’m doing, so I think that translates.”
When it comes to the piston’s overall design, Doug clearly has his style, and a majority of customers send him a piston and allow him to do his thing. However, a small majority will ask him to create something more personal or specific.
“I’m trying to do things that I like to do,” he says. “However, people always ask me, ‘Can you do this or that on a piston?’ I don’t want to be a pre-Madonna or anything, and I don’t always have the skill to do what they want, but I like when people just say, ‘Do what you do.’ That’s my favorite.
“When people ask me to do something, sometimes it’s out of my wheelhouse or it’s just so labor intensive, so it becomes a challenge. A lot of times those pistons just don’t work. The things that come out best are the things that are out of the artist’s mind.”
Doug’s biggest motivation with his piston art is seeing the reaction of the customer. They often tag him in photos to show him what they’ve done with the piston or where it ended up. Over the years, Doug has done hundreds of pistons from your everyday Fords, Chevys and Cummins to Bentleys, Talbot Lagos, Flatheads, Yamahas, Hondas, and Harleys too.
“I didn’t even start numbering them until about 100, because I finally realized this was going somewhere,” Rogers says. “I’m just creeping up on 300 pistons.”
While some piston faces come together quicker than others, Doug’s work is certainly labor intensive, and the occasional mistake still happens. Doug just rolls with it.
“I don’t weld on them or do anything to change the piston too drastically,” he says. “When somebody sees it, I want there to be no doubt that’s a piston. When you start doing too much to them, they kind of lose their original feel. I want it to be immediately recognized as a piston. If I make a mistake or the Dremel bit grabs and dances across the front, I’ll try and either sand it out or create damage to incorporate it into the piece. I just Bob Ross that stuff – happy little accidents. I don’t have the afro, but I do have the attitude.
“I used to get so bummed out and upset when I made a mistake. When somebody sends you a piston, that’s a lot of pressure because that’s their history they’re sending you. I find great joy in creating the pistons I make, and in the joy they bring others. I believe every piston heading to the scrap heap has a story to tell. I try to leave behind imperfections or damage when possible to help preserve the history of the piece because when their stories are passed down, my artwork helps keep those stories alive.”
Make sure you check out all of Doug’s PistonFace art at pistonfaceart.com, on Facebook @pistonface, or on Instagram @pistonface. EB
Other Uses for Engine Parts
It doesn’t take too much searching to find plenty of people with similar creativity as Doug Rogers has. Many folks are using old engine/car parts for unique things. Take our pal Ray Banyas at Victory Engines in Cleveland, OH for instance.
Ray has been making trophies out of old engine parts for years. From simple connecting rod and piston trophies to elaborate ones with camshafts, timing gears and valves to trophies that even rotate using battery-powered motors and have spark plugs that actually fire!
“What sparked me making trophies using engine parts was John Brubaker of Federal Mogul,” Banyas says. “Years ago, he came into the shop needing a unique piece. I use parts that are left over from old builds or new parts without a home. It got to be like a challenge – how trick can I make this thing?”
Beyond using engine components for art, many people have created pieces with more function such as furniture – tables, chairs and couches – using connecting rods, blocks, axles, and springs. Others have repurposed parts for unique areas of the car itself that they weren’t originally intended for, such as piston radiator caps or shift knobs, or connecting rods as exhaust hangers. The creativity is only limited by a person’s imagination.
What would you create with old engine/car parts? Tag us in your creations and we’ll share the best ones!
Stone Carving and Piston Compressors: Old World Trade, Modern Tool
At the American College of Building Arts in Charleston, S.C., a nonprofit educational institution that specializes in teaching the building trade in a liberal arts setting, students learn the time-tested, handwork methods needed in the disciplines of architectural stone, carpentry, forged architectural ironwork, plaster working, preservation masonry or timber framing. Once the students are proficient in the fundamentals of their trade, they learn how to apply modern tools to their craft. An air compressor, for example, makes certain aspects of stone carving easier and faster.
Early in 2011, the head of finance for the college contacted Atlas Copco in search of a new compressor for the stone program. After learning more about the unique school curriculum, Atlas Copco decided to donate a 5hp KT5V-80 piston compressor with an 80 gallon vertical tank to the stone carving program. The college had the system professionally wired and located it in a building adjacent to the students’ covered outdoor work space.
A piston compressor is ideally suited to the start/stop operation of pneumatic tools, which allows a stone carver to remove large amounts of material a lot faster than by hand. The KT5V-80 is a reliable, low maintenance machine that is popular with small businesses including auto body shops, gas stations and repair and maintenance facilities. It’s also built locally in South Carolina.
Atlas Copco is proud to support the American College of Building Arts by donating a compressor to a program that trains skilled workers for an industry Atlas Copco serves.
Contact us for more information on how you can use the KT5V-80 piston compressor in your industry.
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