Handpainted, Handcarved, Handmade Bed

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Project by dennis mitchell posted 04-22-2009 06:41 PM 3499 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This handmade bed is headed to some real nice folks at the North Wind Gallery in Weiser, Idaho. It started life as a log bed and just kept changing. It is a queen size bed made from Alder. The painting is aniline dye with acrylic paint highlights. The finish is Conversion varnish. I’m not sure if it would fall under any style. I was thinking arts and crafts, but it might be more folk art. What do you think?

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#1 posted 04-22-2009 06:57 PM


What a great looking bed. I agree that it has the Arts and Crafts feel and with the out line of the carving with the tree trunks a greene and greene cloud lift affect. Very nice.

Are you placing it in the gallery for sale or is it being sold to the gallery. Weiser Idaho, I have a cousin that lives it Payette Idaho not to far from Weiser. I haven’t been to Weiser for quite some time.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 07:00 PM

I think it’s unique and beautiful. Great job on that! Great joyful design.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 07:04 PM

another extraordinary piece. Your creativity and craftsmanship always is awe-inspiring!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 04-22-2009 07:39 PM

This is a gorgeous bed!!! As for what style it would fall under just try “Gorgeous Beds”!!! I am glad it evolved from a log bed to this, you should be really proud of it.

-- ManofStone trying to become a woodworker

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#5 posted 04-22-2009 07:46 PM

not sure what style it is, but its nice…...........great carving

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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pat sherman

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 08:15 PM

that bed is really nice. the carvings look just right on it.

should have send it to conneaut ohio. lol

-- pat,ohio...

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#7 posted 04-22-2009 09:29 PM

Very nice, Dennis. Great carvings. It does have an Arts and Crafts feel to it, but down here it would fall into the “Texas Style” furniture, maybe a little more refined. Nice design. Thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 04-22-2009 09:33 PM

Distinctly Mitchell style. A combination of Rustic and Arts and Crafts and a bit of Whimsy thrown in for good measure. The carving and the painting are fantastic.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 04-22-2009 09:34 PM

I absolutely love the colors and the carving! As for style…don’t try to define it. Just enjoy it as the masterpiece it is!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#10 posted 04-22-2009 10:48 PM

Exquisite detail and design. You did a beautiful job on this bed. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Les Hastings

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#11 posted 04-22-2009 11:37 PM

Awesome bed Dennis, great design!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 11:50 PM

Hi Dennis;

Great job on the bed!

Excellent work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 04-23-2009 12:19 AM

very nice work Dennis. I vote for “Folk-Art”.

I told you a couple of years ago, that I think this type of work is your forte. Great job, great carving, beautiful carved image. Can you expand on the “story” of the carving.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#14 posted 04-23-2009 12:34 AM

Excellent craftsmanship as usual. Great Job!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#15 posted 04-23-2009 12:53 AM

Good stuff no matter what you call it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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