This blog shows the folkart I make, my reproduction furniture and other projects. My studio/shop is in my backyard. It's a couple of miles off the main road in West Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada. When you come to visit make sure you see – the "Olde Times" Garden House Museum; Grandma's Attic; the Furniture Box; Grampa's Loft (antiques, old doors, etc. in my Dad’s old barn loft); and my World's Largest Egg Beater, certified by Guinness World Records.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Pigs

     I made these pig bodies from old fishing buoys. The fisherman would tar the buoys to water proof them - they were made from cedar and would carve the hold out with a knife of lathe.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Herd of Moose

     I always make a herd of moose every year.   I save up dinner forks for the antlers and use body fill to weld them into the wood.  The legs are made from nails.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Crows and Gulls

     Well it has been a bird week!  I made crows and gulls.  
     For the base of the crows I used some of my firewood from my basement.
     I did two types of gulls - Lady Slipper Gulls and Tignish Hush Puppy Gulls.  
     On the Lady Slipper Gulls before the green part of the flower I used a piece of leather so that it would not break off.  The bodies are carved from wood.
     This is the first time I made rubber boots on a seagull.  A fishing community not far from me calls these rubber boots, Tignish Hush Puppies - so I call these gulls "Tignish Hush Puppy Gulls".

Friday, March 13, 2015


     I'm still at the folk art - just did these mermaid buoys - not one is the same.
     I used oar locks for the tails; the arms are taken from chair spindles; and the bodies are made from eastern white cedar.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

12-foot Harvest Table

     I made this 12'-0" table this week.  I can still make them longer - 16'-0" is the maximum.  It was a challenge to get the table out of my shop and into my truck - I had to take it through the overhead door with a big snow bank against it!  
     The top is pine and legs cedar.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Carousel - Part 3 - Finished

     Well, I have to say this piece is amoung the top five of my favourite folkart pieces I've made over years.  
     Last night my wife sewed the fabric for the roof complete with elastic so you can put it on and take off easily.  
     It measures 20" wide by 20" high. For the center piece in the middle I used a piece of old newel post.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Carousel - Part 2

     I got my animals painted today and the merry go round is done also. The next stage is putting together the parts of the animals, poles and the top clips that keep the poles from turning. I'm going to be putting a tent like roof on top of the merry go round using fabric.