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.

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: https://www.etsy.com/listing/274114832/shall-we-dance

Duck on blue

I made this solo duck on a background of blue painted pine salvaged at Confluence, a really unusual and beautiful old blue color. The duck is made from 1920s pine flooring and a caster off of a salvaged piece of antique furniture. The beak is a railroad spike tip I framed the piece with thin strips of oak barn wood part of the floor of the old barn at Confluence. The blue plank that I used as a background was salvaged in the storage building behind one of the barns. I had enough of the blue to make three pieces – this duck and two birds. One of the birds was donated to the Eno River Association's 50th annual gala auction. This is one of those pieces that I finished on Friday and sold at market on Saturday, forgetting  to take a photo first! The blue can be seen in this skinny bird:
"Dancing Bird"
"Dancing Bird"
The duck was made like this duck: Ducks ii

Confluence/ Albright Farmstead

I was able to salvage multiple truckloads of beautiful old wood and rusty metal artifacts from this site prior to the demolition of the buildings. There were two barns and a farmhouse plus multiple smaller buildings that were demolished by the Eno River Association due to their advanced state of decay and the Association's desire for safety as the 100 acre property transitions into it's new life as a natural area that will host educational programs and hikes. It is a special site where two forks of the Eno converge. Below is a gallery of  images of the buildings and some of the things I've made from the materials gathered there. A big thank you to the Eno Association for allowing me to save and give new life to some of the beautiful old wood and artifacts![robo-gallery id="244"]  

Man in a Box

My original vision was that this would echo "the scream", a man with hollow eyes, trapped in a metal box, but I think that some people see it as cute. I guess both could be true, depending on the viewer. That's the beauty of art. IMG_5973 The box was found in the barn at the Albright Farm, AKA the Confluence, an Eno River Association property. I also found the man's face, a tub drain, and his antique TV tube arms at that site. Actually, the legs are barn finds too, apparently old gate or door hinges. Gauge compliments of Greensboro, NC metal artist John Martin.