Category Archives: Repurposing

Preparing for Gallery

We spent most of the day in the workshop today because we are getting ready to participate with a new Eastern Shore destination, Eastern Shores Gallery. It’s opening next week in Head of Jeddore. Watch for more about this development at the beginning of next week. We have decided to focus on wood products and sets for this first drop.

Our main focus today was preparing our display for the new site. Stephen worked on completing a number of UnFinished Objects (UFOs).

Sanding the table   Before shot

I worked on our display starting with a table in the refinishing stash. As you will know from Stephen’s recent post, our shop is in need of a major reorg. One of the main motivations for this is to reclaim a space for refinishing projects, most of which I have gathered from the side of the road. In the past few months, it seems there has been neither time nor space to proceed with any of this work so multiple pieces are languishing in an outdoor shed space. This table is one that I have been wanting to begin; it has a beautiful grain and I think it has some real potential. However, given our timeline and requirements, today it is not for a redo but a quicker effort to get it presentable and useable as a display space for the gallery.

I was determined to make it a relatively quick project today.  Here are the steps for this transformation:

  • Stickers and paint drips from the surface
  • Flatten (roughly) with jack plane
  • Sand with orbital sander (80 – 220 grit)
  • Apply 3 coats of finish using old t-shirt.  V. light sanding between applications.

Note more planing and/or finer sanding will be done at the finishing stage, after removal of these coats of stain

Watch for photos of the display in action when we have set up in our temporary location.

New Life – Small Scale

Our woodworking challenge for November was to work on a small scale.  I decided this would be the perfect time for a refinishing project that I have had on my list.

My find after general and basic repairs to drawer fronts.
My find after cleaning and basic repairs to drawer fronts.

The Original Find

This was one of my ‘street finds’ that someone had thrown in the garbage.  When I found it, there was no top and the drawers were stacked beside the carcass.  Continue reading New Life – Small Scale

Sustainable Art

I have been thinking a lot about sustainability and responsibility in making art.   Since this is Earth Day weekend, it is a perfect time to reflect and write about these issues.  Being responsible in material purchase and use is important to both me and Stephen so we frequently discuss ways that we can better reduce, reuse, recycle, or repurpose.  That applies in our processes as well as our products.

Continue reading Sustainable Art

Work in Progress: Quilting with Denim

This post was written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole

This week, I am finishing up a lap quilt made with mainly reclaimed materials.  I have been saving discarded jeans and other clothes for some time specifically for a project like this one.  It is a perfect opportunity to use up some previously ‘well loved’ items that are really too worn for donation.

Stack of jeans, flannel pjs and flannel scraps - partially cut.
Stack of jeans, flannel pjs and flannel scraps – partially cut.

I had washed all the clothes before putting them in my material stash but I hadn’t cut them because Continue reading Work in Progress: Quilting with Denim

Memory Quilts

My to quilt list includes several new designs for memory quilts.  I  have some collected materials that I have to prepare for those projects, including a pile of men’s shirts and a bag of ties.   I had a few clothing items of Dad’s, some gathered from thrift shops, and some given me by a friend who thought that I could put them to good use. Continue reading Memory Quilts