2014 Geauga County Fair

2014 Geauga County Fair

Aug 31

 

Missy works for Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Bainbridge and they have a booth (tent) out at the Geauga County Fair this year. She’s been out there all week so Dane and I decided to head on over there to pay her a visit. Well, Dane mainly went for the Turkey Leg. :-)

She got out a little early so we got to go do some Fair stuff. It was a great night for it and we had a good time.

Here are a few pictures I snapped while wandering around:

 

Turkey_leg

Dane and his Turkey Leg!!!!

 

nice_horse

Dane petting the nice calm horse at the barn.

 

baby_goat

Baby goat. This little guy was cute.

 

mean_llama

This guy would growl when you got near him.

 

Missy_n_Dane

Nice shot of Missy and Dane as we were leaving the Fairgrounds.

 

 

Man on a Horse

Man on a Horse

May 10

Here’s a great piece with an even better story behind it.

There’s no way I could tell the story and do it any justice. So here’s the great story directly from Arlene Wagner (Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum):

 

“After the  antique shops closed on Portabello Road in London, George and I went pubbing with David Levi and Rik Gijsen.  After a few, the guys were all feeling good and one antique dealer asked Rik if he was interested in buying a nutcracker he had with him.  Said it would be 100 pounds since it was just “half a horse”  whereas a whole horse would be about 500.  A bit of dickering went on, and Rik agreed to buy “half a horse” without seeing what he was getting.  Well, indeed it is just that, the horse’s whole head and the rider’s R arm is missing!!  I have kept this thing all these years laughing each time I see it, and remembering the good times we used to have antiquing with Rik.   I think it is time to have it repaired!!!

The picture shows what I believe is a donkey, but to go with the story, I think you could make it into a horse!!    Arlene

 

So I did just that. Sticking to the story, I added a horse’s head and tail to this piece, stabilized and repaired the cracks, carved him new arms, and gave him some rope to fit his new role as a horse rider.

The pictures below show what the piece looked like when it came in missing all its pieces and parts. I also included a picture of what it is supposed to look like in regards to him riding a donkey then what it looks like now all converted over to a horse.

This was a very challenging piece to do, but the story behind it made it fun.

Arlene is thrilled with the piece and can’t wait for Rik to see it when he visits her this July.

 

Man on a Donkey

Man on a Donkey (Original)

Man on Horse (before)

Man on Horse (after)

The shop still has a steady flow of repairs coming through.

Stay tuned for some more really great pieces!

—– Brandon

ANRI Ram

ANRI Ram

Apr 06

Here’s another fantastic piece from Arlene and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.

This ANRI Ram came in with its bottom jaw broken. Yes, another bottom jaw repair. Told ya broken jaws are common. :-)

Here are a few before and after pictures. Click on the images to see a larger version of them.

 

ANRI Ram - Before

ANRI Ram with the bottom jaw broken.

 

 

ANRI Ram - After

ANRI Ram all fixed.

 

The shop has been really busy. I can’t thank everyone enough for the steady flow of business and support.

Lots of great pieces and repairs coming up.

Stay tuned!

—– Brandon

 

ANRI Mouse

ANRI Mouse

Mar 18

Here’s another great piece from Arlene and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. This ANRI Mouse came in with its bottom jaw missing . This is usually caused by people’s misconception that the nut gets cracked in the mouth rather than in the back in the space provided under the lever. I see a lot of pieces with this type of damage. He also had a chip out of its right ear and the pin needed replaced.

I have never seen an ANRI Mouse before so I was happy to have this one in the shop. I enjoyed fixing him up so he can be put back out on display at the museum.

Here are a few before and after pictures. Click on the images to see a larger version of them.

 

 

ANRI Mouse

 

 

ANRI Mouse

More great pieces to come soon.

—– Brandon

Mustache Repair

Mustache Repair

Jan 25

Here’s another great piece Arlene Wagner brought from the Nutcracker Museum to the 2013 Nutcracker Collector Club Convention to be repaired.

This is a 19th century walnut nutcracker originally made in Switzerland.

It came in missing part of the mustache and had a wood grain crack back by the hinge. The repairs are seamless and the piece came out great.

I was very impressed with this piece. It is a high quality well carved piece with a lot of great details. You can see this piece in person along with many others at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum located in Leavenworth Washington.

 

MAN WITH MUSTACHE
BEFORE
MAN WITH MUSTACHE

AFTER

 

MAN WITH MUSTACHE

FRONT

 

More great pieces to come soon.

—– Brandon

Squirrel gets a nut

Squirrel gets a nut

Jan 13

Arlene Wagner from the Nutcracker Museum brought a few pieces to the 2013 Nutcracker Collector Club Convention to be repaired.

This nice little Squirrel Nutcracker features an adjustable lever and finely detailed markings all over. It was missing its head and the pin was varnished solid in place removing the ability to adjust it. I restored the piece’s functionality, gave this little guy a new head, and took the liberty to add a nut to the design. It’s the least I could do for this little guy after all he’s been through.

As always, be sure to click on the images for a larger view.

 

Squirrel Nutcracker (before)

Squirrel Nutcracker missing his little head

 

Squirrel Nutcracker (after)

Squirrel Nutcracker gets a nut

 

Squirrel details

Beautiful markings

 

Stay tuned for more great pieces from Arlene.

—– Brandon

2014 is here!

2014 is here!

Jan 01
Etto Brewing Co.

Etto Brewing Co. Pint Glass

Happy New Year everyone!

I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

I’m looking forward to 2014 being a busy and productive new year. I’ve got lots of ideas and things in the works out in the shop.

Be sure to raise a pint with me and bid 2013 a well deserved farewell.

—– Brandon

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope this blog post finds you well.

As promised here are some pictures of this year’s decorations.

Missy loves Christmas and does a fantastic job of getting the house ready for our families to come by, feast on all kinds of goodies, open gifts, and enjoy Christmas as much as we do.

As always, click on the images for a larger view.

 

Upper Foyer Decorations

Upper Foyer Decorations

 

Lower Foyer Decorations

Lower Foyer Decorations

 

Basement Tree

Basement Tree

 

Dining Room Tree

Dining Room Tree

 

Decorated Mantle

Mantle all decorated

 

Animated Mirror

Animated mirror themed for Christmas

 

Nutcrackers

Our nutcrackers on display

 

Snail Nutcracker

Sneak peek at the Snail Nutcracker that will be for sale soon

 

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed a small glimpse into our holiday home.

 

—– Brandon