A stool for my granddaughter
Posted 03 October 2008 - 06:36 PM
Posted 04 October 2008 - 05:17 AM
Nice job Greg- that's something that'll be around a while I'll bet.
Posted 04 October 2008 - 06:26 AM
You are right, as I could have shipped it instead, but that look of delight on her face was worth the trip. The looks of surprise on her mom's and my son's faces were good too. ;D
I made 3 similar stools about 6 years ago but without any carvings, with Gorilla glue and stained a honey oak then varnished. One went to my eldest granddaughter, the older sister of Autumn in the picture, and one to the daughter of my daughter, and one for Sam and Ben. All of them are standing the test of time and will be floating around the family for years if not generations, I expect. 25 years ago some of the older fellows in our church made stools for the kids, one of which is still sitting in our bathroom and used on a daily basis for holding reading materials or when grandkids come to visit. I think of those men everytime I notice the stool. Now I must make three more for each of the other grandkids. Yellow pine is getting hard to locate lately, but red pine is grown locally and is pretty good wood, or perhaps sassafras. Working with wood and learning the different species is really fun for me. I wish I had remembered to get some Mesquite lumber last summer while down in Texas.....next year hopefully on the next trip.
Posted 04 October 2008 - 07:03 PM
That stool will end up serving many uses. I bet it follows her throughout her travels from home to a college dorm to a new home and to another generation. Maybe one day to Antiques Roadshow ("So you say your grandmother's grandfather built boats...")
Posted 04 October 2008 - 07:31 PM