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

It’s Alive!!!!

It’s Alive!!!!

Feb 26



My old Craftsman 10″ table saw is back up and running!


The new bearing came this week and the neighbor and I pressed it on.




Glad to have ye ol’ table saw back!!!


Toasted Table Saw

Toasted Table Saw

Feb 12


Well my trusty table saw I’ve had for at least 10 years decided¬† not to be so trusty today and locked up solid.


So I flipped it over and pulled it apart to see what the problem was.




Well, turns out the bearing on the back of the motor shaft is toast.




It won’t even try to turn and that’s not good.


The front motor bearing is fine and still works great. I’m thinking the back bearing was defective.


So, ye ol’ table saw is out of commission and I’m trying to decide if I want to fix this one or buy a bigger and better one.


Hmmmmmm….. decisions, decisions….


Cool Stuff

Cool Stuff

Jan 29


Today was moving day for Joe Leonard’s Griffin and Pegasus.

He got a call last week letting him know the Mythical Creatures Museum exhibit is going back on the road.


So we had to pack up the Pegasus and Griffin for their first stop in Minnesota for the Mythic Creatures exhibit that opens February 3rd.


Here are some pictures I took while we got them all packed up.













Lots of work, but definitely worth it to get these two back out on the road!


Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Jan 01



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

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 31



 Merry Christmas!


Staying true to family tradition, we hosted Christmas.


My wife did a great job making sure everything was perfect and that everyone had a really nice time.


Here’s a quick picture of out cat Leo all concerned how Santa is getting down the chimney with that fire going.




Santa brought Missy a new nutcracker this year.


It’s an Ebeneezer Scrooge that is smaller than most I’ve seen, but still has a ton of great detail.




She also got an espresso machine and bean grinder which she has been practicing making Lattes for us today. Nice!






Santa brought me a drone!




Well this is just a small glimpse of some of the really cool stuff we got this year.


Hope everyone had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a great new year!


—– Brandon


New Family Tradition!!!

New Family Tradition!!!

Dec 24

Christmas Fireworks!!!!


I mentioned we had fireworks left over from the 4th of July and the question wasn’t “Why?”, the question was “How many?”.


A tradition is born!


Not real sure the neighbors are happy with our new tradition, but we sure are!


Christmas Lights!!!!

Christmas Lights!!!!

Dec 06



Here’s a quick video I put together of the Christmas lights: