|Project by WoodsWalker||posted 06-02-2014 04:13 PM||1049 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
When my daughter announced she was pregnant at Thanksgiving, I had to change gears quickly! For our first grandchild there had to be a special project. I had planned on making a couple of six board chests for Christmas but this new announcement just shouted in my ear – “CRADLE.” The lumber I had in hand for the chest was special – and perfect. An older friend (well into his eighties!) owns a sawmill in Sussex County Delaware and I asked Austin if he had any wide boards in his huge warehouse of lumber from over 50 years of sawing. When I went to his mill he took me to look at some boards – WOW! 22” wide loblolly pine in 20’ lengths!! This old sawyer explained where the tree was standing when he cut it (the exact farm) and that it had been sawed up and stacked 47 years ago! It was beautiful. So, Bradley William’s new cradle is made from five pieces of these outstanding boards. The cradle design is based on a plan in Fine Woodworking some years ago. Interestingly, it is nearly identical to a Colonial period Huguenot cradle residing in Delaware (our home) – that’s cool! I added some wood-burned embellishment from the “Peaceable Kingdom.” I had it done in time for Christmas and the parents were most pleased, as was everyone who saw the finished product. As you can tell from the pictures little Bradley (born May 25, 2014) seems to like the new cradle, and is already sleeping soundly!
-- Mike, Limited Time Enterprises, Delaware USA