Grandchildren's Christmas 2010

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Blog series by Lee Barker updated 12-28-2010 09:12 PM 5 parts 5367 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Emily's rocker

12-28-2010 08:45 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

First, a warning. For some reason this year the kids got into the dressup clothes and so a lot of the pictures in this series show people, tall and short, with some adornment, sometimes bizarre. Emily: Fourteen months old, barely toddling. I decided on a rocker, and in the construction two things unfolded: It became an exercise in materials-at-hand which translated to a nice tour of some hardwoods, and (2) it didn’t have a farm animal head (rejected early on) or a nic...

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Part 2: Juni's Step Stool with Special Compartment

12-28-2010 08:49 PM by Lee Barker | 1 comment »

Juni’s over 2 and is a climber. Having spent a couple of months in a spica cast, she is compensating by being everywhere at once. I thought, as a grandparent, I ought to help her get new places, taller ones! The material is juniper solid stock, waterborne poly finish. Dimensions: 16 inches wide, steps 6 inches high, tread 6 inches as well.

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Part 3: A Magic Box for the Princess

12-28-2010 08:54 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

Lily was born a princess; Walt Disney just provided a little context. The box is clear eastern pine, the feet and top are figured maple. The coin on the top is set in epoxy resin, as are the key and the jewels in the bottom. Some of the jewels are costume, others are fresh water pearls.

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Part 4: Breyer's Horsey Books need a home

12-28-2010 09:02 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

Maya has taken a shine to the Breyer series and needed a place to keep them. A little leather embellishment seemed just the ticket to enliven the blandness of the maple plywood. The boots are figured maple. The inside piece of the boot is horizontal grain in contrast to the outside piece, just for visual interest. Maya is not a cowgirl but that could happen down the trail. Right now the broader interest is animals so I didn’t want to overdue the western theme, but just a bookcase...

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Part 5: Bjorn's Master Control

12-28-2010 09:12 PM by Lee Barker | 7 comments »

He’s the only boy in this tribe’s generation, and boy howdy does he like guy stuff. Trucks, construction equipment, and being around his dad’s job, which is operations manager of a resort water park. Big valves and gauges and switches! The only money expended on these five projects was $5.00 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to score some switches and knobs and stuff. That made up about 1/3 of the dashboard; the rest was just around the shop in boxes and drawers. ...

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