Dutch portrait

Just stumbled across this great Dutch portrait and frame over at Galerie Salon and wanted to share it.

New Hampshire Hooded sconce

Reproduction of an early New Hampshire hooded candle sconce. Painted and distressed pine with hammered tin and square nails. Wired for an electric candle. Click image to enlarge.

Paris in the fog

Normally when I go for my morning walk I head straight for the bush. But this morning I woke up to thick fog, and instead decided to take the camera and walk downtown. I've always loved the fog, when the air has volume, sounds are muffled and everything fades into white. I've been waiting to show pictures of our town (Paris, Ontario) when there are at least leaves on the trees, but spring has been slow to get here this year, so...

To build a home

I've been working on so many big projects for the stores lately, and haven't had a lot of time to finish up new work to post here on the blog...but I've got lots of new stuff of my own in the works, things that I'm really excited about finishing, so watch for it soon. In the meantime, since several of you have written that you are enjoying the music and videos, here's a great one. Cinematic Orchestra with Patrick Watson, live at the Barbicon in London.

Feedsack footstool

Top view
Footstool made of carved and stained pine, and covered in heavy, soft cotton twill that I dyed, lettered, and patched to resemble an antique European feedsack/grainsack. Attached with old upholstery tacks. L18.5" x W11.5" x 11.5" high.

Mairzy Doats - Radio Days

You know those times when you just really need a good laugh, and there is that certain thing that you can go to in your head? Maybe something someone said, a joke, a scene from a movie? For me, alot of those times, it is the movie Radio Days. There are so many scenes in that movie that not only make me laugh, but laugh until it hurts, with tears running down my face. Certain scenes I can just think about and I'm cheered up. It's one of those movies that I used to watch whenever it was on TV, and then suddenly realized it's never on anymore. So today when I was really needing a laugh I searched a clip on Youtube, and sure enough, it still does the trick. I'm gonna have to buy the DVD. One of my all-time favorites.

Chester county spice cupboard

click to enlarge
Reproduction of a 1790 Chester county, PA hanging spice cupboard. Pine with custom butterfly hinges, square nails, two interior shelves. H.30" x W19.75" x D5.75"    Sold.

Shoefoot bench table

shown with top raised as a bench
My reproduction of an early 1800's shoefoot bench table. Top is 65" x 35" x 29.75" high. When 2 of the pegs are removed the top pivots up to form the back of the bench, with a seat height of 17.5". Click pictures to enlarge.

A healthy poverty

photo Josie Eldred, via
"There are many things to see, unwrapped gifts and free surprises. The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside by a generous hand. But - and this is the point - who gets excited by a mere penny? If you follow one arrow, if you crouch motionless on a bank to watch a tremulous ripple thrill on the water and are rewarded by the sight of a muskrat paddling from it's den, will you count that sight a chip of copper only, and go on your rueful way? It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. What you see is what you get."
                                           from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard

Chopping block

A chopping block made from a tree stump, legs that I carved and inserted into the bottom, and a patch of rusted old tin attached with old nails. Makes a great side table. 25" high x approx.18" diameter.


A game board made from new wood that I have aged, painted and joined with square nails. 24" x 16" x 1". Hook on back for hanging.  (Antique checkers are available separately sold.)

Odi et amo

From Icelandic composer, musician and producer Johann Johannsson's first solo album "Englaborn".
In 'Odi et amo', he sets the Catullus poem of the same name to music.
"What I really like about it is the harsh contrast of the computer voice and strings, the alchemy of total opposites, the sewing machine and umbrella on a dissecting table."
                                                            Johann Johannson, from here

Dr. Woods, Oculist & Aurist.

My reproduction of a sign for a doctor specializing in treatment of the eyes and ears. Applied handmade trim with aged metal eyehooks. W46" x H23.5"

9 drawer apothecary cupboard

My reproduction of an early apothecary cupboard, with drawers for Rottenstone, Ground Allspice, Epsom Salts & Camphor, Ground Cinnamon, Alum, Cloves, Chocolate, Pepper and Sulphur. So many things about the original appealed to me. First, the fact that none of the drawers are either square or the same size...made me wonder which came first, the case or the drawers. Judging by the fact that several of the drawers had holes from previous knobs, some of which are way off-center, I would guess that it was originally made up at least partially of reused drawers from some earlier piece, and a case made to contain them. The outside case is the only part of this entire piece that is square. All of the drawers and the dividers between them are a little off-kilter, and several thicknesses of wood were used, making it necessary to do the joinery by hand. I always love in early signs and pieces like this that were likely made 'by the user-for the user', there didn't seem to be any need for measuring, letter spacing etc. If space ran out when painting a word, the rest was squeezed in somewhere or omitted altogether. It's also interesting to notice that the drawers for Chocolate and Cinnamon are much more distressed than the others, having contained more popular items.
My version is made of all new solid pine. The case joined with hand-cut dovetails, back is wide pine boards, drawers have hand chamfered panel bottoms. All nails are antique square nails and knobs are aged cast metal, with some slightly different than others. Heavily aged inside and out, and I have lightly scented some of the drawers, ie. Cloves, Cinnamon, Pepper etc.  Dimensions excl. knobs are approximately, W34.5" x H24" x D12.25". Click photos to enlarge.          Sold.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...