The WC

This is the WC at the ivegotahammer shop. It's an outhouse with running water that's connected to the well and septic tank.     I used 1920s German siding from a house in Durham, and reused pieces of the porch from the old mobile home that was on the property when I moved in.  The WC has cool antique wash tubs for a sink that I found in the basement of my former Old West Durham mill house, also built in the 20s. An outdoor shower will be added soon.  The art on the side is made of an aluminum pan found in Steven Finleys barn in Cedar Grove and a light cover from the Albright Farm, also Cedar Grove. 

A Batch of Birds

I gave myself the gift of an art day and made this batch of birds and some other fun stuff.  
Shiny Bird- paint brush handles, faucet handle, antique buttons, blue clothespin
Woodpecker- Spade bit, RR spike tip, paintbrushes on knotty pine.
Little bird- Faucet handle, clothespin, paintbrushes on knotty pine
I used some salvaged faucet handles, old paintbrushes, a drill bit, vintage buttons, clothes pins, a railroad spike tip, and of course, cool reclaimed wood! Two of the birds sit on knotty pine that came from reclaimed kitchen cabinets that we used for my mom's tiny house. The other bird is on an oak drawer side from a salvaged dresser.

464 Dragonfly

dragonfly ii dragonfly A dragonfly that started with a meat fork found in a barn at the continent salvage site. This ancient rusty fork had a really cool yellow color on the handle and I happen to have two pieces of 1920s baseboard made perfect wings to make it into a dragonfly. There's a little brass widget that makes a face. I have no idea what these are but I found 5200 of them in the same barn at the Albright farmstead. I'm out of the dragonfly on a piece of 100-year-old Southern yellow Pine salvaged at the Southern Drive site in Efland along the railroad tracks. The piece measures about 12" x 30" and was purchased by Mrs. Burrows when she came to visit my Efland shop.

Butner Farm- Appalachian Salvage trip

I am very grateful to Jeff and Leslie, the owners of the farm, for sharing their bounty of beautiful old barn wood and artifacts with me!   We loaded up my truck with wood from the old barn, tobacco sticks, and some other cool things like a scythe blade, vintage fertilizer sacks, railroad spikes, and a wooden label off of an old tobacco crate. The farm is about 40 minutes from Asheville, NC, and has a history of growing tobacco among other things. Jeff and Leslie took it over a few years ago and are giving it new life- renovating the old farm house, fixing up the barn, building a chicken coop and tending a large garden, keeping bees, growing shiitakes, it's exciting to see what they are doing! I am looking forward to making stuff out of this haul, and hopefully visiting the farm again!

Shall We Dance?

 This folk art piece gets its name from the jar lid in the center, which I found in a barn. I don't know the age, or what it's a jar lid for, but it's cool. I found it at the Albright Farm. The background is a piece of oak barnwood from the Finley Barn in Cedar Grove, NC. I framed it with 1920s lath. I found the 45 record at Grannies Panties in Durham. It's a vintage kids' record with Polly Wolly Doodle and other songs on it. I added guitar strings around the border. The trivet also came from Grannies Panties. I love the way the colors and textures work together in this one. Etsy link:

TV Wall

I found a cache of about 16 antique TV cabinets in the attic of a barn at the Albright Farmstead/ Confluence. They were so cool I had to save them!    Me Albright must've been a tv repairman or collector.  There are many brands- GE, Silvertone, Zenith, and more.  I made them into an art installation at my shop that I all the wall of tv's. Unfortunately, the humidity and moisture from rains has taken it's toll on the glued hardwood veneer and they are gradually deteriorating. I will have to decide whether to restore some or all of the cabinets, or to dismantle them and incorporate their parts into art.  I will miss my TV wall. I love having it outside of my shop to look at. 


A way to upcycle a batch of antique piano keys from a piano I salvaged that was built in 1898!   These keys are real ebony and ivory and have numbers stamped on them to help the builder put them in the correct order.  I used a piece of wood salvaged from an outbuilding at the Albright Farm as the back drop, and cup hooks from the pantry at the farmhouse there.  Rusty reclaimed nails form the letters of the word "keys". 


One of a series of art pieces made on large wooden electrical spool ends, this was originally conceived as a trumpet flower and it took on a life of it's own.    The metal portion is made up of four pieces- a flywheel from a 1971 Ford truck, a gear found at the Albright farm stead, a copper wound speaker from an antique TV, and a small gear, all from the same farm.  The paint brush handles are from my shop, and the rusty metal band is also found on a barn on the Cedar Gtove farm. I salvaged the spool in Chapel Hill behind an electrical contracting business.   This piece is approximately 28" in diameter and 1.5" thick.