Anri from the Netherlands

Anri from the Netherlands

Dec 16

 

Back in August I got an email from Fran – Vintage Breda (Etsy) politely asking if I would mind if they mentioned me as a resource to fix an Anri Sailor they were going to post for sale.

 

The piece went up for sale in November and I let one of my customers who has a great Anri collection know about it.

 

He bought the piece immediately and had the piece drop shipped at my shop for repairs.

 

Here’s the piece as it arrived fresh from the Netherlands:

 

 

Got new wood glued in place:

 

 

I started working on the piece then noticed it had a couple holes too:

 

 

 

Here’s the piece all fixed and fully restored (remember-simply click on the image to see a larger version):

 

 

 

 

This is a great piece.

 

The restoration turned out great and this piece will be heading to it’s new home soon.

 

—– Brandon

 

 

Tis the season

Tis the season

Dec 03

 

 

I can’t believe it’s December already!

 

Tis the season to be busy getting ready for Christmas!

 

Spent the day rebuilding outdoor ornaments.

 

 

While I was busy doing that, I had the 3d printer churning out cookie cutters.

 

 

Today was unseasonably warm in Ohio so I took advantage of it and winterized the pond too.

 

Lots more to do so stay tuned!

Black Forest Gnome

Black Forest Gnome

Oct 31

 

Here’s a great gnome carved in the Black Forest style.

 

It came in with a broken beard.

 

 

Got it all fixed up and made a custom base for it.

 

 

 

This piece came out great and has been added to my own personal collection.

 

A big thank you goes out to one of my blog readers for sending me the link to this piece on Ebay!

 

—– Brandon

The Pond

The Pond

Jul 22

 

Well, I’ve been taking a break from sculpting & carving to get caught up on some projects around the homestead.

 

We have a small garden pond we thoroughly enjoy..

 

It has fish and attracts a lots of wildlife (birds, butterflies, and frogs).

 

It’s had many waterfalls over the many years.

 

Missy found a great deal on a lighted spillway at Marc’s. So I tore out the old waterfall and put this one in.

 

 

 

The new waterfall looked nice, but it still need a little something.

 

So I found some LED pond lights on Amazon, but they needed a little weatherproofing (silicone and heat shrink tubing) before I could install them.

 

Here’s a pic of them being bench tested while the silicone I added dries.

 

 

 

Here’s a great pic of the pond all done and lit up.

 

 

 

I really like it and and think this is the last change for a while

Carving Copier 2.0

Carving Copier 2.0

Jul 15

 

Well, it’s been a while since my last post.

 

Been working on some big things in the shop and it’s too early to reveal any details.

 

To get ready, though, I resurrected the carving copier I built a few years back.

 

This is version 2.0 which I replaced the drawer slides (X axis) on the original with linear bearings and rails (20 mm X 30 inches) like I used on the Z and Y axis.

 

 

 

 

 

This improvement makes the copier much smoother, dead on accurate, and gets rid of the racking issue I had with the drawer slides.

New Piece

New Piece

Mar 04

 

Here’s a new piece we just added to our collection.

 

I bought it off of Ebay. It was in need of some dental work and a finish refresh.

 

Here are a few pictures of the piece before I worked on it:

 

 

 

 

The face looked fat to me so I reshaped it a little, fixed the teeth, refreshed the stain, and finished it off with a couple coats of satin clear.

 

Here are a few pictures of the piece after the restoration work:

 

 

 

 

 

This piece really came out great and turned out to be a really nice birthday present for my wife.

 

—– Brandon