Squirrel

Squirrel

Apr 14

 

Here’s a really nice Squirrel figural nutcracker that came in with a broken ear.

 

 

Here are a couple pictures showing the new color matched wood attached and roughed into shape:

 

 

 

Here’s the piece all finished:

 

 

 

This piece was a lot of fun to work on and came out perfect.

 

Dog Nutcracker

Dog Nutcracker

Apr 06

 

 

The Holiday lull is over, it’s Spring and restoration work is starting to roll into the shop again.

 

Here’s a really nice dog nutcracker that came in with a chipped ear.

 

Seems to be a common break on these.

 

 

 

Here’s a picture of it in process with new wood joined and ready to be carved:

 

 

 

Here’s the dog all fixed up and ready to be shipped home:

 

 

 

This is a really nice piece and the customer was very happy with how well the repair came out.

 

 

Arc Reactor

Arc Reactor

Mar 30

 

 

As I’ve mentioned before, my shop wears many hats.

 

While I specialize in restoration work, I also do some prop work too.

 

My son is a huge comic book and Super Hero movie fan.

 

So I put the 3D printer to work and made an Iron Man Arc Reactor prop to give to him for his birthday.

 

Here’s a pic displaying all the 3d printed parts-n-pieces:

 

 

 

Here are a couple pictures of it fully assembled and done:

 

 

 

Here are a couple pics of it plugged in and all lit up:

 

 

 

My son was absolutely thrilled to now have his very own Arc Reactor to add to his extensive action figure collection.

 

Another New Addition

Another New Addition

Jan 05

 

Here’s another nice piece I bought recently and restored to add to our growing collection.

 

This one had a few minor chips, an old repair that needed blended, a nail for the pin, and the finish needed refreshed.

 

Here are a couple pictures before it was restored:

 

 

 

Here are some pictures after it was restored:

 

 

 

New Addition

New Addition

Dec 27

 

 

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas this year!!!

 

Here’s a piece I restored for my wife for Christmas to add to our personal collection.

 

As you can see in the pictures, the piece is marked “Zurich” on the front of the base.

 

This indicates the piece was probably originally sold as a souvenir in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was in great shape and basically just needed a refresh done on the finish.

 

Here are a few pictures of the piece after it was restored:

 

 

 

 

 

 

My wife didn’t know I had bought this. So it was a nice surprise for her when she opened it.

 

More Props

More Props

Dec 15

 

Another prop project!

 

This one was a request for cones/ spikes for a movie project at Kent State University.

 

These were turned from a solid pine 4×4.

 

 

 

Here’s one of cones/ spikes fresh off the lathe:

 

 

 

Here are the rest before they were picked up:

 

 

 

 

As the holidays approach, the shop projects drop off a little so you know what that means…

 

It’s time to get ready for Christmas!!!!

 

 

Disney Tombstone

Disney Tombstone

Dec 01

 

I bought this Disney Uncle Dave tombstone about a year ago with a big ol’ chip missing from the hat.

 

 

 

Fixing this took a lot of time and patience.

 

It took many layers of 2 part epoxy mixed with baking soda to build up the broken area and seamlessly match it to the rest of the piece.

 

 

Here are a couple pics of the piece all fixed and on display in my home:

 

 

 

 

 

Props

Props

Nov 17

 

My shop wears many hats.

 

 

Lately the theme here has been “props”.

 

 

Got a great opportunity to do some video editing work for a Haunted Mansion themed haunted house at Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

 

 

The customer needed videos set up so they could use them in their display to give a nod to the animated paintings in the Haunted Mansion attraction.

 

 

The following is a shot of all of the videos I edited and converted for them:

 

 

 

 

Here’s a link to a walk through of their haunted house a vlogger (grimmlifecollective) shot and posted up on YouTube —> The Haunted Mansion Campsite

 

 

A lot of work goes into putting this on. They did a great job, and the campsite looks awesome.