As I mentioned in my last post, all of these projects have been posted on instagram over the years, but I'm archiving here for well, the archives.
Wood-bin with hinged lid (the top holds kindling and matches) painted with two layers of milk paint and then rubbed with my homemade beeswax polish, though I used more beeswax to make it harder and then buffed it with a cloth afterwards. I particularly like the carving on the side that I did, though I haven't yet explored any more carving since.
In 2016 I also started creating works in wood that were pieced together like mosaics.
I have a collection of memories from when my two boys were tiny and I'd bake cookies or bread with one on my back and the other "helping" me. It was a common, everyday scene that played itself out over and over again. At the time, I didn't think anything of it (or perhaps how difficult it was at times) but looking back now, those ordinary moments shimmer and glimmer with magic. So much of the early days of parenting gets dusted with magic like this once it's gone and you look back from far away in time. Ordinary moments are magical. It's something I try to remember now.
Then we moved to rural Wisconsin and I had access to a huge collection of beautiful rustic barn boards from my grandmother's farm. Ooooh, shiny! It led me down a distracted (but worthwhile, nonetheless) path of building things with barn boards for our new house.
Benches and coat racks in the new house.
A front shoe bench, a small table here and there, etc. Course we also built a chicken coop, a duck coop, a bunny barn and did loads of other projects that go along with moving to a new house that needs updating. Painting walls, staining concrete floors and ripping out carpet and such.
Then in 2017, I combined barn wood and purchased lumber a for a bit.
I missed the 3D look of former work as well as making work for others so I began creating custom wooden family portraits.
I took on too many requests at a time and promptly got burnt out. Custom orders are incredibly fun and rewarding sometimes and in small doses for me but to focus on it exclusively was never going to work for me for very long. Oops. That was another important learning experience.