Grandmothers serving tray – Mumse
My grandmother had a old serving tray for 30 years, that she loved – but it was completely worn out, the wood had fallen apart, and the paint had beed worn of during the years. In other words it was the end.
When my mother asked her what she wished for christmas, her big wish was a new serving tray, but it had to be like the old one she said… So she asked my mother if she could ask me to restore it instead of buing a new.
And so this became my grandmothers gift from me, for christmas.
The tray are made from a very thin wood bottom, and some soft and light wood for the sides, and this is what she really wanted and liked, since she is a old lady and the normal trays are to heavy.
So I went to her place, and picked it up, had a little talk about the wishes, and she said that she would be happy if I could be creative… And that she remembered how I have allways been interested in using my hands (next picture are me as a boy)...
So home, cleaning, sanding, cleaning, sanding, cleaning and sanding…. Then glue the parts back together, filler, sanding – tree layes of primer, and two layes of basepaint.
My grandmother are the only person, where I still love to feel like a little boy inside, when she hold me in her arms.
The creative part was the painting, I painted a branch from a tree (Japanese style), I was thinking of the family tree, and that my grandmother was a strong branche, and me a little twig.
Finished up with two layers of clear lacquer.
Here you see the day where my daughter and I gave her the tray, and we had plenty of wet kisses.
She was so happy, the only thing that made her a little sad, was the fact that her eyes are so old now.
Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps alo to bring the kids to the workshop
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.