Joe’s Robotic Hand

The following site contains the work Joe Rush who is an inventor specializing in mechanical robot devices and other items. He is available for comment or for quotes to bid on your project here.


The newest invention in “Joe’s Shop” is the “MEMORY WIRE ROBOTIC HAND”

joe robot handThe Memory Wire Hand precisely follows the actions of a human hand as dictated by the user. Constructed of inexpensive yet durable plastics, this product will be more apt to become employed in a number of situations from completing daily tasks to assembly line duties. The entire unit is similar to a human hand with fingers completely mobile and able to grasp objects.

joe rush robotic hand diagramWhile implementation of this product may not be as necessary in the lives of regular individuals, those requiring a prosthetic or who perform a repetitive task will especially appreciate the “Memory Wire Hand”.

To improve efficiency and productivity, many companies are implementing robots. “Memory Wire Hand” is an inexpensive yet fully functional robotic arm. This product can be very important to medicine as well as industry. This device may be used as an appendage for individuals requiring a prosthetic limb.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: The inventor has indicated a willingness to negotiate the financial arrangements

For further information: You may contact the inventor at 515-256-8074.

US PATENT NUMBER:5,647,723;patented July 15,1997 (14 claims)


Mr. Joseph A. Rush
922 SW Frazier Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315

Solar Powered Car







Joe’s Solar Car – contact for more information

We support alternative energy usage! Joe has added a wind charger to the solar car



* 5 – 15 watt solar panels, 75 watts total in sunlight
* 1 – Win Turbine generating 400 watts at 28 mph, day or night
* Joe plans on adding another wind turbine to the solar car for a total of 800 watts at 28 mph.

Mr. Joseph A. Rush, 922 SW Frazier Ave.,Des Moines Ia.50315

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: You may contact Joe by phone at : (515)256-8074

Bonaire Travel Pictures

We’re glad you stopped by to check us out. If you found us, you probably know about the beautiful island of Bonaire.

Bonaire has consistently ranked as the finest snorkeling and scuba diving destination in the Caribbean. A major reason for this prominence is the island’s diligent stewardship of its marine resources — all of the waters off Bonaire’s coast have been legally protected since 1979, and it shows.

But there is plenty more to do here. The unusually steady trade winds that wash over the island create ideal conditions for world-class windsurfing, and the sere beauty of its semi-desert landscape is home to an outlandish assortment of wildlife. Iguanas meditatively toast themselves atop the desert rock formations of Washington Slagbaai, while vast orange-pink clouds of flamingos drift across bone-white salt flats. Divi-divi trees bend into surreal sculptures of the wind itself, and towering cacti stand as reminders of the Caribbean’s diverse ecology.

Pink  Beach
The Pink Beach
The Slave Hut
The Slave Hut
The Salt Works
The Salt Works

Des Moines Auto Racing Association

dma racingThe Des Moines Auto Racing Association was formed by fans, drivers, car owners, pit crews, and business people that love the sport of auto racing. In 1993, the Iowa State Fair board contemplated turning the historical Iowa State Fair Speedway into additional parking for the Iowa State Fair. The result would have been the END of auto racing at this historical race track, founded sometime in the early 1900’s. The Iowa State Fair Speedway was the beginning of auto racing in the state of Iowa.

Competitive dirt track racing began in August 1907, when Barney Oldfield fired up his Blitzen Benz.Introducing the sport of auto racing to the state of Iowa. A few years later Ray Harroun followed his victory in the first Indy 500, by bringing his Marmon Wasp to the fairgrounds in September of the same year. Many legendary names have raced this 1/2 mile dirt oval track: Doug Wolfgang, Ramo Stott, Ernie Derr, Verlin Eaker, Don White, Emory Collins, Bobby Grim, and Injun Joe Merryfield, just mentioning a few.

We, the fans and drivers organized a collected over 14,000 signed petitions to present the Iowa State Fair Board. This voiced the community’s outrage and desire to keep the track open. The Fair Board rescinded their decision, and dirt track racing continued at the Iowa State Fair Speedway. The Board of Directors, of the Des Moines Auto Racing Association, continued to address issues for the racing community, and the Fair Board. We enlisted local contractors to donate machinery to turn the surface of the race track, first time in it’s history it had been done.

McAninch Corporation donated machinery, they donated the labor to run the machinery Hallett Materials donated machinery, and dirt for the track. Larry Fleck & Son Trucking, donated countless hours of labor, dump trucks, and knowledge. To this day, all of the above have donated their time, labor, and willingness to help in any way they can.

The Des Moines Auto Racing Association has undertaken many tasks at the race track to assist the Fair Board, and the drivers & families to make our facility at the Iowa State Fair Speedway the best in the state of Iowa. Working together, with state & local officials, we have come a long way since 1993, to bring F-A-M-I-L-Y back into the sport of auto racing. The Des Moines Auto Racing Association has worked hard to represent the needs of our drivers, and their families. May 1, 1995, we received our certificate of Non-Profit Incorporation from the Secretary of the state of Iowa, and in may of 1996, we received Tax Exempt stasis from the Internal Revenue Service. We continue to work for our racing family, and invite you to join with us, to support and strengthen the sport of auto racing.

Des Moines Woodworkers Association, Inc.

Des Moines Woodworkers Association, Inc.
Serving Central Iowa Woodworkers of all ages and skill levels


About the Des Moines Woodworkers Association, Inc.

The Des Moines Woodworkers Association is a non-profit association dedicated to fellowship, education, and community service for those of all skill levels in the field of woodworking. . We have over 200 members from 30 Iowa cities as well as cities in Nebraska & Illinois.

Members come together once a month (2nd Tuesday evening) to share ideas and projects as well as hear a featured presenter on a topic of interest to the general membership The association is operated by member volunteers who are elected by the general membership.

A monthly newsletter is published and distributed to all members and interested parties the first week of the month. See section on How to Join to learn more about a complimentary newsletter for newly interested individuals.

Members enjoy membership discounts at leading area suppliers including The Woodsmith Store, Paxton Woodcrafters, Puckett Tools and Fasteners, Kel-Welco, O’Donnell’s Hardware and the Woodcraft Store..

How to Join the Des Moines Woodworkers Association, Inc.

Anyone of any skill level is welcome to join the association. All you need is an interest in learning more about woodworking. Most meetings are attended by 50 or more individuals who are all anxious to learn and share their woodworking experience with others.

Guests are welcome to visit a meeting at no charge.

Membership dues in 2000 are $25 for new members, $20 for members who renew. Membership includes a membership card that provides discounts at leading Des Moines area woodworking suppliers.. Dues are prorated during the year as follows:

  • If you join between Jan 1 and Apr 30 – $25.00 gives you membership until the end of the calendar year.
  • If you join between May 1 and Aug 31 – $20.00 gives you membership until the end of the calendar year.
  • If you join between Sep 1 and Dec 31 – $15.00 gives you membership until the end of the calendar year.

For a copy of the current newsletter, contact Dick Meuler at 967-7686 (area 515) or send E-mail to the Webmaster and advise us of your mailing address. We’ll send you a copy of the most current issue. Those wishing to subscribe to the newsletter can do so at $8 a year to cover the cost of printing and postage.

Community Service Projects

  • Blank Children’s Hospital Toy Cart (Completed April 1997)
  • Blank Children’s Hospital Stars for patient decoration (Completed December 1997)
  • Oakridge Early Enrichment Center Interactive Wall Project (Completed March 6, 1998)
  • Orchard Place Bird House Kits (Completed March 30, 1998)
  • Polk County 4-H Club introduction to Woodworking Class (Completed April 4, 1998)
  • Orchard Place Birdhouses, Bird “Art”, & Sculpture project (Completed April 10, 1999)
  • Polk County 4-H Club introduction to Woodworking Class (Completed April 3, 1999)
  • WoodShop Skills 2000 Seminar (Cabinetmaking, Router & Lathe Techniques) March 25, 2000
  • Orchard Place Birdhouses, Bird “Art”, & Sculpture project (Completed April 1, 2000)
  • Polk County 4-H Club introduction to Woodworking Class (Completed April 1, 2000)


The Des Moines Woodworkers Association, Inc. meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, January – May, September – December. Occasional summer events are also held.

WHERE: Drake University, Harvey Ingham Science Building, Room 104 (Unless we are on a field trip) Always check current newsletter for actual meeting location, date and time.

WHEN: 2nd Tuesday of month. Doors open at 6:30PM for networking, meeting starts at 7:00PM and usually lasts until 9:00PM.

WHAT: Typical meeting format includes short Business Meeting, discussion of Community Service Projects, member Show ‘n’ Tell, Question / Answers, Main Program Speaker, Tool Raffle & Refreshments.

NEXT MEETING: Summer Schedule

During the summer months we suspend our regular meetings. This year, each of the summer months we’ll take tours of Iowa companies. Here’s the schedule:

June 6 – tour Pella Window Company in Pella, IA. Tour begins at 9:00AM. Those wishing to car pool or caravan to the tour site should meet inside the University Avenue entrance to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in time to depart at 8:00AM promptly.

July 11 – tour Woodhaven Manufacturing in Durant, IA. Tour begins at 1:00PM. Those wishing to car pool or caravan to the tour site should meet at the NW corner of the Prairie Meadows parking lot in time to depart at 9:30AM promptly. We’ll stop for lunch in Amana or Iowa City along the way.

Monday, August 14 – tour R.S. Bacon Veneer Plant in Grundy Center, IA. Tour begins at 2:00PM. Those wishing to car pool or caravan to the tour site should meet at the NW corner of the Prairie Meadows parking lot in time to depart at 12:30PM promptly.

Our regular fall meetings will resume in September. Here are the meeting dates for the rest of the year.

Sep 12 – Woodclub meeting, Location and Subject to be announced, 7:00 PM.

Oct 10 – Wodclub meeting, Location and Subject to be announced, 7:00 PM.

Nov 14 – Woodclub meeting, Drake meeting location, 7:00 PM, Subject to be announced.

Dec 12 – Woodclub meeting, Botanical Center, 7:00 PM, spouses & significant others welcome.