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Colonial Hutch - Revisited

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Project by Texan posted 2768 days ago 1323 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When first I saw that my dear brother Don had posted the hutch that I had made in my youth, I was thrilled. (See “Colonial Hutch” in Projects, posted a few days ago). Unfortunately, I jumped to the erroneous conclusion that he was preparing to return it to me after some forty-three years of separation, and that finally he had taken pity on my impoverished state now that I’m unemployed and having a bit of a struggle getting by out here in the Texas countryside.

Alas, my silly expectation proved short lived, and it appears that he was only using the world wide web to have a little good-natured fun at my expense. I don’t wish to imply that he’s mean-spirited by nature, but since our earliest childhood he was always the “golden child” in our little Canadian family, and our parents never interfered with his youthful pranks. It just seemed right that Mom should like him best.

But during this short-lived time of euphoria, I read some of the comments made by my new-found friends on Lumberjocks.com, and there I happened upon a suggestion by Dick Cain that possibly I could show some of Don’s early projects. Maybe something dating back to his youth all those many years ago.

It just so happens that I had saved one of his earliest works, something I have treasured and carried with me over these many years as sort of a keepsake. It has kept alive the connection with the older brother that I have always looked up to, admired (and yes, dear woodworking brothers, can I be so bold as to say), loved so much. For even though he has kept my hutch all down these years, and caused me so much unintentional hurt, he is still my “big brother”. I don’t have anything but admiration for how he has ended up living in retired splendor in sub-tropical Australia, surrounded by the finest furniture money can buy, while I have to stack the few dishes that I do have on an old cardboard box on the floor of my cabin. At least I can say that it’s a fine cardboard box, and that I came by it honestly while out collecting beer cans along the roadsides of Texas. It doesn’t bring in much, but it’s honest work, and one day I hope to stumble across an old wooden apple crate, and move up from the cardboard box in my cabin on the edge of the desert.

So, here are some pictures of Don’s first project that I treasure so much.

The first shows the subtle (if not somewhat eclectic) combination of materials in the project. The use of plywood, particle board and natural wood lends itself to the sense of harmony and purpose. I feel it’s the project’s finest strength. But look at the second picture carefully, and you will see the sheer genius of my brother’s artistry.

This is a finishing technique that I have never seen anywhere else, before or since, on a finely crafted piece of woodwork. Don achieved this effect by carefully cutting a common Russet potato into a square on one end, and then, by carefully dipping the square end into common green, water-based paint and pressing it onto the particle board, he reproduced the green square into a continuing “checkerboard” pattern. In one stroke of woodworking epiphany he created an almost poetic simplicity of finish that instantly draws the eye of the beholder! Can you see now why I admire him and his almost unbelievable talent? It’s humbling to share this same DNA.

And so my dear Lumberjock brothers, please don’t be too hard on Don for not returning my hutch. All down through history men of genius have had their little eccentricities, and mankind has given them a pass because of their greater gifts. I live in the hope that one day he will send it to me, or at least invite me over so I can see it again before I die.

I’m sorry it took so long to make this posting, but I have to travel 35 some-odd miles by mule into Dripping Springs to use the computer in the public library. (I can’t afford a computer just yet, but hope to if scrap aluminum stays up. Regardless I should have the money before they run the electricity out here.)

-- Dripping Springs, Texas





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Karson

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#1 posted 2768 days ago

Texan: It is sincere delight, that I’m able to browse upon some of the earliest works of your brother Don. I’m sure that many of the early works of Picasso and Michelangelo have gone by way of the trash or fire to keep one warm. And I commend you on your retention of some of the earier works of art, so that we are all able to compare the many phases of Don’s growth.

I have a couple of empty soda cans here for you if you desire them, or I could just send you the nickel that it might be worth.

God Bless you brother: In God’s eye we are all equal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Texan

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#2 posted 2768 days ago

Yes, in God’s eye’s we are all equal, but some of us he blessed more than others. Picasso, Einstein, Caruso, Horatio Nelson, Tennison, Winnie the Poo, Vivaldi and Don all spring to mind.

If I may be so bold, please send the nickel, and the cans, without delay, as my mule is in dire need of some fodder – the drought out here has really taken a turn for the worse.

-- Dripping Springs, Texas

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Karson

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#3 posted 2768 days ago

Texan: I’ve found the following address in Dipping Springs, Texas. Should I send the shipment there?

Dripping Springs Helping Hands, Inc.
(Located at the Hill Country Sr. Citizens Activity Center behind the Pavilion, 858-7219) A local, nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization supported by local businesses, individuals and churches. Our goal is to lighten the burden of neighbors temporarily enduring hard times.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 2768 days ago

The 35 mile jaunt, is it by chance uphill both ways?

And so we see where the gift of “the written word” resides in your family!

Beautifully written and I must say that it’s rare to see such a close family with NO competition, resentment, or hard-feelings between two brothers :)

Don’t you just love the internet? – bringing all corners of the world into one little space. :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#5 posted 2768 days ago

When I stop laughing I may respond. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of my poor little brother’s humble dingy.

And whilst you are viewing these, spare a thought (and a prayer) for him that the Lord will see him through these desperate days. And if you find compassion in your heart, send some real serious money (not this nickel and dime stuff) to me and I will pass it on to him as I have his address.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Obi

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#6 posted 2768 days ago

I’m cryin for you Tex. As I read how your brother malisciously took advantage of your youth and ignorance, I started thinking of brothers in the scriptures… Let’s see your older brother could have sold you his birthright like Esau did to Jacob, or he could have killed you like Cain did to Abel.

As for your suffering, shoot the mule and smoke it and once you’ve done that go jump the dingy and take the shortest route to Australia and ambush Don, whe he’s not looking. He’s kinda old so you shouldnt have any trouble sneaking up on him.

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Texan

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#7 posted 2768 days ago

I just want my hutch back, Obi…. and Ol’ Black the mule is just about the only company I’ve got out here.

Got any old aluminum cans you don’t need?

-- Dripping Springs, Texas

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Don

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#8 posted 2768 days ago

Watch it Obi, or you will have my poor bro’ quoting Job 30:29.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Texan

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#9 posted 2768 days ago

Karson,

The address you sent is the address of the local Goodwill Store. I know it well, and in fact I get most all my supplies, shoes, and all of my clothes there – you might even call me a regular customer, although I find the prices a little steep for my budget. They sometimes let me have a special discount if I do some odds-and-ends handyman work for them around the place.

Unfortunately they don’t buy my empty beer cans – I have to go down the road a pace to Pugs Feed and Fence to do that.

-- Dripping Springs, Texas

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2768 days ago

I can see now why old Tex can’t afford a computer, with the price of, “What do the Aussies say, maybe petrol” ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Obi

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#11 posted 2768 days ago

I need my aluminum to buy some new waders, cause it’s gettin deep

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PanamaJack

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#12 posted 2656 days ago

Real deep Obi! Deeper than the water in those pictures above. You might need that old rubber duckie to stay afloat Obi….

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 2653 days ago

I’m laughing all over again!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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