Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fixing an Old Chair

I have been working on a chair for someone who spends her summers here on Prince Edward Island. The chair belonged to her grandmother and doesn't have "antique" value but does have sentimental value.  Apparently my customer's previous dog didn't know that because he chewed on the arms. Here's one:
So I bought some maple and traced the two arms on it and then cut them out with my jigsaw. (The notch at the back is to hold a cross piece that the back of the seat rests against.)
The previous photo, as well as the next one shows the two arms back to back and stuck together with carpet tape. That helped me to get them the same shape and then I could round off the top edges on my router.
I then had to drill holes for the screws and still need to make some plugs to cover the screw heads.  What I'm working on right now is wood slats on the bottom to replace the old springs and metal straps under the seat cushion area.  Then I have to prime and paint the whole chair. The customer has decided on a bright green.    
 I'll post more later when I get further along.



Friday, August 26, 2016

Seahorse from Distressed Striped Wood Pieces

I had hoped to post this last week but my computer died and all my photos, saved websites, plans, etc were on it.  I bought an iPad Pro, so I'm learning the Apple system, as well as getting used to a tablet after having a desktop for many, many years.  And... I still need to recover all my saved items. Then I tried blogging and could not get my photos to load <sigh>.  So now I have switched to a blogger app, fingers crossed this works because I'm too old to learn much more new technology!   Okay, here is the third in a series of four striped wood pieces.  The seahorse:
                                                 This piece is 34 1/2" tall, 13" wide and 1" thick. Each stripe is a separate piece of wood, painted, distressed and stained before being attached to the backboard. If you haven't seen the previous shapes, they were the lobster and the mermaid.
Striped Lobster
   I am really not liking this new system...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lobster from Distressed Striped Wood Pieces

This is the second piece (of four) that I made with wood cut in to strips and painted and distressed.
The other day I showed my mermaid.

Here is my lobster, he is 24 1/2" long x 12" wide and 1" thick.

This time I added pink and red and brown to the colours I was using for the stripes. I felt these were lobster colours in some way!

Here's a closeup (the brown in the above photo is not quite correct, it is more reddish-brown like below):
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Mermaid from Distressed Striped Wood Pieces

I've been busy in my shop and made some pieces over a month ago that I haven't had time to blog about.

A few of the new creations are made with strips of wood that I paint, distress, stain and attach to a backing of either plywood or mdf board.  Then I cut the final shape and stain the edges and clear coat the whole piece.

Here's the first one... a mermaid.  [See my lobster made with the same technique here]

She is 25" long, 16" tall and 1" thick.

This view, taken from an angle, lets you see the thickness of the piece better:

I've use white, a medium blue and two shades of turquoise.  Beachy colours I've used before on both my shop counter:
 As well as my mirror:

All of these pieces (well not my counter, but I could make you one) are available in my shop or online by contacting me through email or my facebook page.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Potato Blossom Festival

This week is Potato Blossom Festival week.  The fields around O'Leary are full of rows and rows of potatoes in blossom.  Did you know some blossoms are white, some are pink, some are even blue!

Two weeks before the festival week, the town puts up colourful buntings (or pennants) along Main St.

I made some large pennants out of wood and strung them up outside my store to add to the festivities.

The parade will come right past both my house (which is just around the corner) and my shop which is right on Main St. This year I'll watch the parade from the front porch.

Last year my husband drove a friend's tractor in the parade:

There are a lot of tourists in town, some people spend their summers here.  These were two of my little visitors last week, they are from Pennsylvania:

I am keeping busy with orders in the shop, will try and post some more creations if I can find the time.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

New Beach Style Mirror

This is a new mirror I made this past week.

Some of you may remember the mirror I made a few years ago out of barnboard.

I actually still have it, hanging in my new shop.  A customer suggested I make one out of painted wood like my counter, which everyone gives me compliments on.

I thought it was a great idea!

This measures 24" wide x 30" tall.  The mirror is 9" square and there is a small shelf across the bottom.  Available in my shop.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Adding a Level to a Trophy

I suppose word is getting out in my small town that I am a woodworker.  I had the most interesting job brought to me a few weeks ago. Before I get to that, some background information first.

 We have many farmers in the area that farm potatoes.  Prince Edward Island potatoes are known to be some of the best in the world!  And our town holds a Potato Festival which includes an award for the "Potato Producer of the Year."

Along with the award goes a trophy that has been given out since 1989!

And the trophy has run out of space for the name plaques that state the winner each year!  So, I was honoured to be asked to make another level, or base to the trophy.

The trophy is made of ash and the committee wanted the new base to match the wood as well as the angled sides of the original trophy.

I finished it the other day and here it is.  I hope to be at the festival dinner when the trophy is presented to the farmer for this year.  It will be fun to see it there!

You just never know who will walk in to the shop and what they might want me to make.