Friday, June 24, 2011

Quiona Ring Holder

I was recently inspired by a picture of a friend’s daughter’s wedding to chat about our ring holder today. Of course she looked radiant in the picture and I would guess as a new bride she will never want to take off of her finger her beautiful rings. Who would want to? But as we know time marches on and things in our lives change. We pick up new hobbies or our biological system just seems to change. Moving south to a warmer climate my fingers tend to swell up at times which causes me to remove my rings for small amounts of time. I wear gloves when I am doing all of the messy garden work so I don’t take them off then but especially when the Ben-Gay needs to be rubbed into the artist’s back off the rings come. Something about the smell of Ben-Gay in my rings just doesn’t cut it.

So as not to panic where I put my rings once I have removed them I have a ring holder that Steve designed for me several years ago. Today I want to show you one amongst several that we have out of the studio that still are available for purchase. I especially like this one because of the wood and its simple shape. Some people like to down size as they get older I like to simplify.

The Quiona tree grows deep in the Andes mountain of South America and is different from the Quiona that is known for its food value. Steve was lucky enough to find this piece several years ago and recently had the pleasure of turning it into this simple ring holder. He said that it was a welcoming change to turn as opposed to some of the more difficult wood that he has worked with. I admire the clean lines and smoothness of the piece along of course with its usefulness.

So who should have this one? How about the recent bride and/or groom as it is not gender defined. Or maybe you are thinking of asking that special person to be your soul mate and can’t think of a different way to present the engagement ring. Well why not just put it atop this ring holder, wrap it in a special gift box and present it to them over a quiet picnic lunch for two. Whatever way you imagine we have the ring holder just for you, all you have to do is supply the ring.

Until next week…Don’t loose your rings.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spirit Outhouse

It is a perfect day for a walk in the countryside and you have packed enough water for your journey. Having just found a path that seems to lead down into the primeval forest a smile slowly emerges from your face. What a glorious day for a quick jaunt. Birds are singing in the trees as chipmunks scurry alongside you. Remembering back to the days when you read always to drink enough water so as not to become dehydrated you drink every often. But oh does the water have an effect on you now.

So you have to go, what shall you do? Miss Manners would no doubt say find a bathroom, however out here in the forest all you see are trees and those silly chipmunks. But wait. Up ahead, at the top of that ridge, is that an outhouse I see? In my now state of emergency it must be. With a mad dash up the 6 steps I climb only to reach the top and find the door with the neatly painted half moon locked.

 No this is not a dream, although it can be one of the tales that you spin when friends ask you about the Spirit Outhouse that is sitting on your bathroom shelf.

Steve began carving Spirit Houses from Cottonwood Bark a little over 4 years ago. The box from Alaska took almost a month to arrive but in the end was well worth the wait.

How he can take this raw piece of light weight bark and create a whimsical place for a good spirit to live (or relieve oneself) as he is carving is beyond my dreams, and yet he can. From small outhouses to a three story multi-rise house Steve has managed to bring a bit of fantasy into reality, complete with windows and even a balcony at times.  Several pieces are still available and can be viewed here in the studio gallery.
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Oh, on a side note if you would like to read a bit more about Steve and The WoodArt Studio he is featured in this weeks Harrisonburg Farmers Market “Meet Your Vendor” series.

Until next time…Think spirits and Dream Wood.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Betsy Scenter

Now that spring is in full bloom, along with all of the vibrant colors the flowers bring they share their intoxicating aroma. 
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Well if you like the smell of dried flowers in your home I am sure that you will enjoy holding them in the “Betsy Box Elder Scenter”. She is a beautiful, smooth turned piece of Box Elder with a hand pierced Mahogany lid where the sweet aroma of your dried flowers can escape from. The finial to lift the lid off of is also Box Elder.

But... don’t let us tell you what to do with Betsy once you purchase it from us, let your imagination fuel your desire. What treasures that you hold close to your heart will you place into Betsy? Jewelry, loose change, hard candy? How about the engagement ring that you plan to give that special lady in your life? Ummm?
Until next week… Imagine and Dream Wood.


Friday, June 3, 2011

The Curlies

Is it Hansel & Gretel who would drop the bread crumbs so they could follow the trail out of the woods? Well if so then Steve must be listening to his Engelbert Humperdinck classical copy of the music because I think it too has inspired him to leave crumbs except his are not bread but are wood curlies.

From the studio door up the stairs to the side porch down the side to the kitchen door all I see sometime are these curlies. But being the wife of the artist I certainly don’t mind. In fact I look forward to seeing them because I know at the end of the trail is another wonderful surprise!

Sometimes its spoons or bowls, this week it was actually a bud vase. If you remember a couple of posts back, we talked about the Ailanthus tree that fell on the property last year. Well just when I thought that there wasn’t any Ailanthus left to turn, I followed the curlies and there it was. This curvaceous bud vase and Steve was just putting the final touches on the pyrography element of the piece. What I found that made it so unique, despite of the wood, is that when you need to refill the inner tube with water, you can just push it up from the bottom of the vase, fill and carefully replace it, ready for fresh buds.

So I am always glad to follow the curlies in my life because the surprise at the end is always worth the walk. Where do the curlies in your life lead you? Hopefully back to The WoodArt Studio. Oh Steve was listening to Gustav Holst’s The Planets when last I visited the studio. Ummmmm? Until next week… Dream wood.