Groden

Groden

Nov 24

 

 

Here’s another great Groden sent in by one of the Nutcracker Club members for repairs.

 

This one had the typical feet and base damage with some damage to the hat and face as well.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a picture of the piece with all the new wood added before the carving and blending:

 

 

 

Here’s the piece all done and fully restored:

 

 

 

 

These pieces are very rare and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on so many.

 

More New Pieces

More New Pieces

May 07

Been pretty busy lately and haven’t had a chance to update the blog.

 

Here are few new pieces I picked up in need of repair.

 

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Jan 01

new-year-2017

 

I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by.

 

This past year was a very busy year for my shop with lots of cool fun restoration work as well as a few really fun projects.

 

I’m looking forward to 2017 being more busy, more exciting, and hopefully way more fun!

 

I hope everyone had a safe and really fun New Years.

 

I wish everyone the best in 2017.

 

—– Brandon

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Jan 01

 

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Happy New Year everybody!

 

We all stayed up and rang in the New Year warm, safe, and together here at home.

 

Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years Eve.

 

Wabbit Season!

Wabbit Season!

Dec 12

 

Yes, I’m a Looney Tunes nerd.

 

wabbit_seasonClick on the picture to see the Wabbit Season skit

 

Any who… I recently got the opportunity to repair a really nice figural rabbit (A.K.A. – wabbit) nutcracker for a Nutcracker Club member.

 

The rabbit had a big chip at the top of the left ear, an old very obvious repair on the jaw, a broken pin, and basically needed an overall refresh on the aged finish.

 

The repairs on this piece came out great and replacing the pin gave me the opportunity to make it a “hidden pin” which really adds to the overall quality of this piece.

 

Here are some before pictures:

 

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Here’s how the piece came out:

 

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Honestly, this was a fun piece to work on. It came out great and the customer was very happy with the work I did.

 

—– Brandon

Many Hats

Many Hats

Nov 24

 

My little workshop has to be flexible and wear many hats.

 

Today was no exception. Today’s task was to convert it to an electronic repair shop to see if I can resurrect an old 22″ Dell monitor they were throwing out at work.

 

I disassembled the monitor, pulled the power board and found 4 bad capacitors which is typical in Dell hardware.

 

1– Power board on the bench being diagnosed –

2– Bad Capacitors (domed tops) –

So after about 30 minutes of my time and 4 new capacitors (56 cents total), I have a nice large Dell monitor for my home PC. Nice!

 

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– It’s Alive! –

This was a nice little project that yielded a nice much larger computer monitor for my home PC for next to nothing.

 

Awesome!

 

BTW – Yes that’s a VCR under the monitor. I use it to transfer VHS tapes to digital media, and the pint glass you see has Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale in it which I highly recommend. 🙂