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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Butcher Block with Big Bowl

     Two weeks ago I came across these Rink lights and bought them for their aluminum outer shell.  Then I came up with the idea of putting them in a butcher's block.  
     Ideas for uses - you could store dog food, pots, cloths hamper, potato bin, an oyster bar, between washer and dryer, etc.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stepback Cupboards

     Here are two stepback cupboards I just made.  The first one is made with an old dresser for the bottom.  The other one is narrower - I used some old glass I had kicking around for the top doors.
     These are both sold.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Self Propelled Milker

     I just finished this piece which i call, "self propelled milker."  It measures 18" long x 10" high.   
     Of all the folk art I've done over the years this rates in the top ten - I'm very happy with the way it turned out.  Wheat is coming in at the first - coming out the other end is cow patties. 
     For the belts I used rubber bands and for the wheat I used finish nails.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fisherman at Seacow Pond Harbour

     Me and the wife (aka Shirley) with another couple, were up to the Wind and Reef Restaurant at North Cape a couple of days ago, and stopped to take a photo with the fisherman I carved 4 or 5 years ago for Seacow Pond Wharf - he's looking out to sea .  The piece is looking good.  He's missing a rope - I put a hole in his hand for it but it never got done - oh well.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Burl chair

      I came across this big burl - bought it from someone in Summerside.  For the past couple months I've been thinking and thinking of what I could make from it.  Finally I decided to make a chair -I used a table stand for the base.
 What is a burl?  Here's info from Wikipedia... 
"A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress.  It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus.  Most burls grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of malignancy that is generally not discovered until the tree dies or falls over.  Such burls sometimes appear as groups of bulbous protrusions connected by a system of rope-like roots.  Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground.  Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Old Gas Can Birdhouses

     I had some old gas cans kicking around here and thought I'd make some bird houses out of them.  I screwed them on to the side of my museum. 
I might have to wait until next year for the birds to move in.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cottage Signs at Donahue Shore - 2004

     I was out to Donahue Shore last night to deliver a screen door and took a couple photo of two different signs I made about ten years ago.  
     The cedar pole sign has a blue jay on top of it.  They still look great! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Screen Doors - Fish Style

     I made these screen doors in the last week. They're very different from each other.  They have removable screens.  
     I sold the white ones.   The fish door is for sale - it would be great for a cottage.