|Project by McLeanVA||posted 02-07-2014 08:59 PM||920 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
Just before Christmas 2013, I decided to make the wife something unique. Unique as a gift and unique as a project (for me). Just wanted to have fun and experiment.
I pulled a hunk of cherry out of the “possibly firewood” stack that I keep in my garage and throw it on the lathe. Turned a quick snowman shape, drilled some arm holes, carved a cherry nose, found some buttons in her “might need these one day” pile, ran out back and pulled two small branches from a dogwood tree, found an old scrap of fabric from her sewing bin, some craft paint, and a square pine cutoff for the base.
1. Painted the base black. Let it dry and then beat it up with a screw driver and threw it around the garage floor a bit.
2. Then I beat the snowman up with a wrench, a screwdriver and tossed him at the floor a few times. (Therapeutic)
3. Painted the snowman black. Let dry and then painted it white. Scuffed him up with 300 grit sandpaper.
4. Scuffed up the three shiny plastic buttons. Epoxied them in place.
5. Carved a nose and painted orange. Epoxied in place.
6. Drove a drywall screw up through the base and epoxied to body.
7. Epoxied the arms in place. Painted eyes and mouth with a brad head.
8. Tied on the scrap scarf.
As you can see, all of the therapeutic distressing adds character and leaves you guessing on how old this snowman really is. Really fun project that may just start a tradition in our household.
I debated whether or not to epoxy a 2013 penny to the bottom to mark the year and to continue the tradition annually.
Hope it inspires.
-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.