Here's another tip I thought you would enjoy. Are you tired of having to go out in the rain and/or snow to collect more logs for your fireplace? One client had the same issue and here's
our solution ~ Build a woodshed for the logs attached to the house (approx. 6' x 5'– 2 logs deep). The shed can be accessed from the outside as well as from the interior of your home. In the fall you can load up the shed with logs.When you're ready to start your fire, all you have to do is open your insulated swinging door and collect the logs.
For a unique set of walnut stairs, I had mounted cast bronze door handles, horizontally, in place of the traditional wall mounted handrail. The bronze handles are shaped as tree branches,
a motif that continues throughout in the furnishings,hardware and handmade Motawi tiles in this master bedroom and adjoining master bath.
The idea is simple and effective. However, the mounting engineering was not lasting. After several months of use, the heavy bronze began to pull from the wall.
The mounting hardware is designed to be attached directly into the wood of a door, not through a layer of drywall into wood backing. To correct this, I designed a walnut piece to which to secure the bronze handles and then itself to be secured to the wall. The result is a functional work of sculpture that compliments the angled walnut steps and occupies an otherwise plain wall.
The practical application of the idea began with sketches on photographs of the wall with the bronze handles in place. Then, I conformed the design so that the carving would be done on one solid piece of walnut and accommodate the precise placement of the handles. Once the basic form of the branch design was scaled and transferred to the wood stock, I allowed the grain of the walnut to guide the overall branch motif and carving. I delight that within the whole design, there are vignettes of composition to entertain the eye, as illustrated by the detail photographs.
I love anything metal! I had a bunch of license plates that were lying around taking up space and collecting dust. I decided to make a dragonfly using the license plates and other
discarded materials that I had on hand. You will need license plates, chair spindle, screws, wire and something different and whimsical for the eyes. To see more click on the link to my blog. #Love2Repurpose#recycle
Commented on Sep 07, 2012
Love your Dragonflies Tina, I've made them on a small scale with glass globs, beads, and
copper wire, I'd love to try a larger project and maybe use some glow-in-the-dark paint (I get a kick out of that!) The symbolism is spot on :) I feel for you with the loss of your Mom's, my Mom 'moved on '14 months ago. (((hugs)))