Life on the creative side

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It’s In The Frame

reclaimed pecky cypress frame

Using reclaimed pecky cypress, hubby constructed this beautiful frame for my painting of the fishing pier.reclaimed pecky cypress frame

Reincarnating an Old Cherry Tree

stack of cherry lumber

Recently my hubby came to the difficult decision to have a large cherry tree removed from our yard.  The tree, which stood near our property line, loomed over our neighbor’s bed room. The massive tree was showing some signs of decay but when we spotted termites swarming out from the base of the tree, we knew it was no longer safe.

cherry tree in yard

But with the loss of the tree came opportunity.  We had a local tree guy carefully take the tree down so that it could be recycled into my hubby’s beautiful creations, like the lovely live edge spalted maple table pictured below that  he crafted as a wedding gift for our daughter and her hubby.

wayne with cindys pine table

 The log was then taken to a special sawmill that specializes in salvaged materials where it was processed to my hubby’s specs. While it will be more than a year before the lumber will be ready to be reincarnated, we are already dreaming up new designs and uses that will honor and give new life to our beautiful cherry tree.

cherry trree at sawmill

stack of cherry lumber

Lovely live edge table crafted from salvaged lumber

Lovely live edge table crafted from salvaged lumber

As anyone who follows my post knows, my oldest daughter married in May; yes the father of the bride is wearing a Hawiian shirt.  If you are new to Blue Antler Studio, welcome, and you can catch up on all the fun by looking at my earlier postings. joyful father-daughter dance to "brown-eyed girl"

Anyway she and her new husband just moved from their tiny  Brooklyn apartment into a beautiful loft. Like he did for our other daughter when she and her husband moved into their first house, my “talented hubby” crafted a beautiful table for the latest newlywed’s new home; and this weekend we made the two-day drive to Brooklyn to deliver them the table.

live edge table crafted from salvaged lumberThe table is not just your average table, it is a seven-foot slab of live-edge, spalted maple and it is a collaborative work of art between the Good Lord and my hubby! The benches are spalted hickory and reclaimed heart pine, left unsealed for a raw finish; unlike the table which my hubby hand rubbed to an incredible sheen. The legs and supports are constructed from galvanized pipes attached to industrial wheels.  It is perfectly suited for the hip young couple and their urban loft home.

live edge table crafted from salvaged lumber


The drive was long but colorful and scenic.

Driving into the city in our pickup truck took nerve, but hubby has nerve, so over the bridge we went.







 When we spotted one of the iconic water towers of Brooklyn,

brooklyn water tower

we knew we were getting close.


we arrived at the lovely, spacious loft  – it is amazing!

And the table…

 live edge table crafted from salvaged lumber

 fit perfectly in its new home.

Over the weekend we gathered often around the table to enjoy great food and wine, conversation and laughter;  toasted the newlyweds and their new home; thanked the Good Lord for making such beautiful things as trees and family and cheese; and of course we bragged and bragged on my hubby and the table.

Two Twisted Tales

Yes there has been a very long (and frustrating) delay in my posting; no it’s not that I have been out fulfilling my dream of wandering through the ancient, art filled, cobblestone streets of the Old World, (you can bet I would be blogging that); and no it’s not because I have nothing to say, (those who know me can stop laughing); nor is it that I am just a lazy blogger, (although I do love an occasional lazy do-nothing day); the simple fact is that, as a blogging novice who can remember grooving to  Simon and Garfunkel, I have encountered some technical glitches that have me standing on a metaphoric bridge poised to toss my *>%##* computer into the murky – troubled waters – below!

Thankfully that moment was brief and it was time to turn my creative energy toward the deck railing project I’ve been deck rails made of twisted twigscontemplating. I am very pleased with the results and I’m excited to share it with you now.

I knew I wanted a wild organic look, what I didn’t know was how I would achieve it.  My first decision was to find the materials and for that I looked to my husband and the surrounding environment. My hubby and I hopped onto the quad and headed into the woods where we collected a large bundle of long twisted strands of wild grapevines.

We still needed material for the rail’s structure. For that we dug through the pile of sawmill waste slabs a neighbor brings to my dad to use as fire wood.

We found several, long, live-cut edge pieces we hoped would work perfectly.

creating a twisted twig railing

Then working like a creative team over thirty years in the making, my hubby and I constructed the beautiful, wild, twisting railing I had envisioned.

So with my creativity and perspective restored I was able to re-address the technical problems plaguing my efforts.  While all the issues are not yet resolved, I have at least un-twisted them enough to resume my passion of sharing and encouraging creativity.


Blue Anter Studio Renovation

restoring old log house circa 1820s

That’s my man high up there on the scaffolding.

I mentioned in an earlier post that we discovered considerable critter damage in the ceilings of both the cabin and Blue Antler Studio. So, with repair absolutely necessary,  we’ve decided to take advantage of the situation and change things up a bit while we’re at it.  Work on the studio began by tearing down the ceiling; we striped away the paneling,  insulation and critter pooh, to expose the metal roofing.  The first step for the cabin  was to set up scaffolding. It sure didn’t seem so high thirty years ago,  when we were hoisting the logs up and into place.

Just one of the nests we found behind the ceiling, eeckes!

We want to recycle the tongue and grove; but first I’ll get it scraped, cleaned and primed.

The plan is to paint the ceiling and leave the rafters exposed.  Rigid foam board sandwiched between the tin and panelling will provide  insulation.  If you look closely you can see the expanding foam we sprayed into cracks for further insulation.

My hubby nailing up the ceiling while my brother cuts each piece to fit.

 It’s a lucky lady who has a handyman in her life, and I have two!

 Be sure to follow our progress!