Wednesday, November 23, 2011
|Twin size bed.|
My love for 'Doing-it-Myself" began because you could call me somewhat of a tightwad...my husband will tell you I squeak when I walk. I am a stay-at-home-mom and so I struggle with tremendous guilt whenever I want something that is truly not practical. I also give credit to my grandpa for allowing me to hang out with him in his workshop when I was a small girl, spending several hours playing with his dremel tool (for some reason, that was my favorite!). I sure hope (and am fairly certain) he is smiling from up above and beaming with pride at what I can accomplish.
Anyhow...I LOVE all things rustic! I needed some bar stools for the kitchen and really wanted some cedar log stools. After much shopping on-line (because there is no store near here that would sell such a stool) I decided I was NOT going to pay that kind of money for a simple stool. Fortunately at the time, my husband was working for a guy who runs logging equipment and I asked James to bring me home 4 round cedar slabs. He questioned my intent, but did what he was told...good man! I did have to by a tenon cutter that I purchased on e-bay. Not having a pattern, I guessed at my measurements and was quite surprised at how well they turned out! Thus began the beginning of my furniture building business that at the time I named Born in the Barn Cedar Creations. I have since dropped the 'Cedar' as I have become a bit more versitale with the materials I use. The 'Born in the Barn' is because I pretty much build everything in our barn, with the horses keeping a watchful eye on what I am doing...that part is a big LOVE! I'm one of those wierdo's that think horse sweat is one of the best smells in the world and I would much rather muck a stall than clean our bathroom! I hope you enjoy my creations...I know we have gotten lots of enjoyment out of them here on our farm.
|I just love the character of the red cedar wood. I often say that when peeling the logs, it is like unwrapping a Christmas present...you just never know how great it is going to be under all the bark.|
|This particular stool came for a log that had this natural red 'heart' center....I had no trouble selling these stools!|
Thursday, November 17, 2011
|Base construction of my table. 6x6 posts were used as a support beam at one time inside a barn.|
|I was worried this table would look too large for the dining room, as we don't have a rather large house, and have to utilize every ounce of space possible, but I think it fits just perfect!|
|A good view of the top and how the old nail holes add so much character.|
I am starting this blog because I have a computer from the dark ages and I am dying to post some of my own projects to Pinterest and for some crazy reason, I can't upload them from there. So, thus begins my blogging adventure. I am a die-hard do-it-yourself-er and hope that some of my work will inspire others to tackle a project that may seem a bit over your head at first, only to discover (as I often do) that nothing is impossible!