Bampy's sign for Arts & Craps fair

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Project by JoeinGa posted 09-15-2015 07:30 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago my daughter (and wife) started in on me again about selling some of the things I make. I’m have absolutely NO desire to sit all day at one of these fairs, so I finally told my daughter that if she’d do the “sittin’ and sellin’ then I’d make her a bunch of “stuff” to sell and we’ll work out some kind of split. I’ve been turning bowls and also making cutting boards and birdhouses to build up an inventory to get ready.
We agreed that she wouldn’t just set up a yard sale at her house, because people will expect to get yard sale prices, and I’m not investing my time and effort plus the materials to sell my bowls for 3 or 4 bucks. So she said she’d sign up for one of the Arts & Craps Fairs they hold in the fall over on her side of the state.
Last week she called and said she was going to have a sign painted for the booth and she had a few questions about what should be on it. I told her I’d make a sign, then mulled it over for a few days and what you see is what I came up with.
The “Bampy” comes about from when my granddaughter was first starting to talk and my daughter asked us what did we want to be called. My wife wasn’t too thrilled with being called Nanny or Nanna, and somehow they came up with NeeNee. Gracie picked up on it and seemed to like it. They asked if I had a preference and I said “GranPa would be ok with me.” Bonnie said “How about Grampy?” Ok, sure, why not. So long as Gracie likes it, I’m ok with that.

So we start to teach Gracie what to call us. She picked up on “NeeNee” in a flash. But everytime I’d tell her my name was Grampy, she’d say “Bampy”

“No Gracie, I’m Grampy”
“Try again Gracie. Say GRAMpy”
“Gracie, it’s GRAMPY”

And it stuck! Now, she’s 8 (and a HALF) and she’s shortened it to “Bamps” but I’m still good with that !

Oh yeah, I think the board is red oak. AT first I thought it was cedar but when I cut into it there was pretty much no smell at all. Here’s a picture of the back before I put the Urethane on it, maybe someone knows for sure what it is?

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 07:53 PM

Nice job Bamps. It is amazing how names stick with people and for the rest of their life. Don’t know the lumber but it looks to have some nice grain. Double d has been with me for most of my life with a lot of people I know.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 09-15-2015 10:26 PM

“Bampy”....That shoulda been your LJs handle! There’s still time to change it.

We’ll wait.

Anyway, looks like you have found a new niche in the rustic sign department!

One of my grandkiddoes started out by calling me “G’ampa” Grampa w/o the R

-- Ed

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 02:26 AM

That’s a great sign Joe but everybody will be looking for Bampy .
I got stuck with Bumpa right from the first grandson until my youngest that came up with Paha
but I come to both .
Good luck with the sale and you better go it can be lots of fun !


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 05:19 AM

Nice job bampy… might not like the selling but I bet you would enjoy some of the folks you met at those shows. Notice I didn’t say all but some….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 09-16-2015 03:24 PM

Congratulations, Joe. That’s a nice one.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 09-23-2015 01:30 PM

Get-err-done, Bampy/Joe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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