This is a 19th century walnut nutcracker originally made in Switzerland.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.
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.
Stay tuned for more great pieces from Arlene.
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.
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.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed a small glimpse into our holiday home.
It’s our favorite time of year …. CHRISTMAS!
Missy has been busy baking cookies today. Peanut Butter Blossoms, Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Chip, and my favorite … Molasses Cookies (click here for the recipe – Molasses Cookies Recipe ). The house just smells like Christmas.
The house is all decorated and we’re looking forward to having our families here to share the holiday with us. I can almost smell the ham cooking Wait… nope… that’s still fresh baked cookies I smell. Man, I love Christmas!
I took the week off from my day job. Fixed the very noisy dishwasher, got some nutcracker repairs done, and made another snail nutcracker that will be for sale after the holidays.
Stay tuned for pictures of the house all decorated for the holiday (you may even see a nutcracker or two … or three…).
Also noteworthy (or should I say “nutworthy”… groan, yeah I went there), a Spokane Washington news channel did a great short segment on the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. If you look close, directly to the left of the nutcracker Arlene explains is dated around 1500, you’ll see the piece I repaired for her a while ago ( click here – 1500′s Nutcracker Repair ). It’s great to see that piece being proudly displayed.
Click here to see the segment ( KHQ Nutcracker Museum/ Arlene Interview ). Be patient, you’ll have to watch a commercial or two before the segment starts. It’s definitely worth the wait though.
I normally don’t make a big deal about the Holidays, but I have a ton to be thankful for this year! Most importantly, my Mom is healthy, cancer free, and was able to host another great Thanksgiving dinner this year with many more to come hopefully. I think this year’s was extra special since it’s been a long tough year. I can’t thank my sister enough for staying close to my Mom’s side and helping her get through this.
We are truly blessed to have our families, our health, close friends, and great customers who have been with us through it all. I honestly can’t thank everyone enough for keeping us in their thoughts, standing behind us, and for supporting our efforts. It has been a very tough year. Everyone’s kindness and support was well received and greatly appreciated. To my very patient and wonderful wife, I couldn’t have kept it together without you. Thank you… Thank you all…
I got to meet another artist recently. He and I started talking about signs, gold leafing, airbrushing, pinstriping, etc.. That got me thinking back to some of the one-of-a-kind signs I’ve done over the years. Most of them got featured on my old site so I figured it’d be nice to get them posted on my new one. I’m probably missing a couple, but here is a good collection of the sign work I’ve done. Click on the images for a larger view.