Monday, January 23, 2012

At one project we are working on we have a fireplace going in. The rough construction has been done for some time but the rock veneer is going on now. It's beginning to look good:
...and on the other project we have going on, the remodel of the old log "kit" home, we are getting into some finishing touches. Most of the windows have been trimmed out now:

In the cathedral ceiling in the great room, it used to be flat across this area but we put these little "doghouse" dormers between the log rafters. They are all trimmed out now and ready for finishing:
He's how those dormers look from the outside. This roof originally was just straight across this side. This picture was taken in the summer just after these were completed:
...still not a lot of snow here. We get an inch here and there but nothing significant. I expect we will get dumped on here before it is over but there is no way we will get up to what we normally to have for total accumulation. We finally had some cold temps a few days ago. I had 25 below zero two nights in a row, but now it is supposed to warm up again. I remember 20 years ago we would get a couple weeks straight of that stuff every winter. You can't help but wonder if this will slowly change the face of the tourist industry here. Over the last forty years, the average temps have gotten significantly warmer.  Maybe it's just a shorter term trend... Only time will tell there...

...meantime, for the winter festival, they are asking that everyone bring in clean snow for the snow carvings in the park.
 Bring snow!
That's quite an undertaking. I think they will have enough now for a few carvings, but probably not the many carvings they usually have.

...we adapt...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A week didn't make a lot of progress on the current door project in the shop, I am trying to keep up with my big projects and find time here and there for the shop stuff. This picture was taken last Friday:
The door is an interesting one. The homeowner had made a stained glass window at a class she had taken and wanted me to incorporate it into a special door. This is one of the designs I came up with and the one we agreed upon:
...so that is what we are working towards.

Friday, January 6, 2012

I am finally back to working on the door I have supposed to have been working on for the last two years.
I have been working on it off and on so I am pretty far along with making all the parts, but I am just starting on the carving of the panel. Here is an early shot. Fortunately, there is just on side of one panel to carve... more pine trees, but that's OK, it's what we are all about here...

My customers often have the fault of being the nicest people and they give me a lot of leeway in scheduling and I tend to push this to the limit sometimes.
This project is on my bench now and will be my next finished shop project. Yes it will...