Back in my lumberjocks interview, I mentioned one of my lifelong goals was to fill the house with useful items made by myself, as well as other artists and artisans. (while paring down all the cheaply made, hand-me-down, and mass manufactured items)
Here’s a quick first look at how things have been shaping up over the past several years.
My wifes cousin, Tim made these pottery bowls as a wedding gift, even stamped them with his own chop (signature) before firing and glazing. The spoon is lilac, (a gift from my father-in-law) crafted by Dan Dustin an artisan in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. These have all seen their share of use.
If my brother-in-law isn’t going to start posting his own projects, then I will, starting with the smallest, and working my way up, through years of homemade gifts!
Clockwise from the top, is a leather and wood bottle opener, (bodark), essentially a “Shirt Saver” for the sharp caps on twist off bottles (not that any self respecting man would ever use one of these!). At right is a more traditional bottle opener, for the non-twist off variety – Osage Orange. At Left, also Osage Orange, is a key chain fob, designed to fit into the change pocket of your jeans (or to use as a wedge for really small doors!)
Never really thought about it, but after starting to take an inventory of all the art around the house (not made by me), we have quite the artistic influence on both sides! No wonder I left science for art back in Jr. High School!
Lots more art and craft to come!