In order to grow I am constantly challenging myself to try new things. I was asked to make some geese for a local tasting room to have on display. After completing the first goose I decided I wanted to try something new ( well at least new for me) so I posted a note on Facebook that I was going on a Fork Hunt! The next day my friend Denny Croston forked me! He cleaned out his shop cabinet and loaded me up with forks! I have to spend some time in the shop cutting off the handles I am hoping to have this little goose done next week. I am going to call him Denny.
Thanks to my friend Anette I ended up taking an unexpected trip down memory lane today. We drove to Steilacoom and looked at my great grandparents old place along with my Uncle Chet’s old house which still has the green lantern sign out front. In looking for a photo I found a fun bit of history about the place so I have linked to it above.) The bridge down to the old boat house was stacked up on the middle of the street so we were unable to access my first secret childhood beach. We left and ventured down to Sunnyside beach to sit in the spot where I sat with my dads father aka my grandfather. My Grandfather had retired and taken a job as a park care taker, he had a small trailer that sat where there is now a lovely piece of art. I loved spending summers between his house and his mothers house!
Anettte and I sat and watched the ferries go to and from Anderson and McNeil Island.It was hard to believe how wonder it was for a late October day. I shared the stories of hoe my uncle Kenny used to let us kids ride the ferry for free if we would sing him a song.
On the way home we admired the handy rock work around Western State hospital that was done by yet another of my great uncles. I charged the stories of my grandfather walking down the beach and dropping fire crackers so the girls would jump up. At the time I did not know he was hoping to get a glimpse of their titties. I love where I am from and where I live.
Just finished this little blue bird. Made from spoons , forks, a shovel horse shoes, a few car parts and mounted on a piece of rock. This little bird is grounded for football season, I am happy to stencil a 12 on the shovel if the owner wants me too.
35 inches high x 35 inches wide ( wing to wing) $175
I recently made a trip to Bonners Ferry Idaho to deliver a piece of art. While there I was invited to take a trip along the International Selkirk Loop in Canada. On our way to the Kootenay Lake British Columbia Ferry we stopped to take a peek at the lake and to stretch our legs. If you have an opportunity to take this rode trip plan to spend some time in downtown Nelson. Historic Baker Streer
Stop out to Goose Ridge Wineries tasting room in Woodenville enjoy some wine and check him out in person.
Last night I had a dream about a strange bird eating the fruit from our dogwood tree outside our bedroom window. This morning when I woke up there was a strange bird feasting on that same fruit. I tried to re create the bird from my dream in my shop tonight.I am calling him Norm. I am gong to add forks to the front part of his wings.Wall art by nine year old friend Emma.
Photo by Brad Isley