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This is a 19th century walnut nutcracker originally made in Switzerland.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

It’s almost Christmas…

It’s almost Christmas…

Dec 23

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.

Enjoy!

 

—– Brandon

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28

Happy Thanksgiving

 

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…

—–Brandon