Monday, April 27, 2009

Woodworking, Cradle

This is one of the hobbies that help with my sanity.




This is the cradle I built for our grandaughter. It is made from walnut that was cut over 50 years ago and left to air dry in a barn. It began as rough sawn wood and was covered with dust, dirt and straw. I milled all the wood and brought it to life as a cradle. The finish is a hand rubbed teak oil with multiple coats beginning using 320 grit paper working my way up to 600 grit and finishing with a soft cloth polish. The swing is smooth due to the use of roller bearings inlaid in the uprights. If you do not wish it to swing a block was made to fit over the stretcher underneath that rests against the bottom of the bed. I made a custom mattress covered with vinyl to fit the bottom.

16 comments:

sydney_savage said...

What a lucky grand baby!

Lou said...

This is a heirloom! What a wonderful gift. (don't forget to show the bloggers your cutting boards. You could sell those on Ebay for lots of $$$, but I sense you do it out of love).

Dad and Mom said...

I haven't sold anything. I make things for my enjoyment.

Dad and Mom said...

I forgot to add. The very very old craftsmen would brand their pieces. Sometimes on "Antiques Roadshow" you will see the appraisers looking for or showing the makers brand to person that brought the piece. A couple years ago for Christmas Mom had a branding iron made for my work. On the bottom of the craddle it is branded with my name and date.

clean and crazy said...

what a beautiful piece you have made there and what a gift that you have to be able to create such beauty out of the wood. wow

big Jenn said...

There is nothing more beautiful than fine craftmanship. This peice will be cherished for generations I'm sure. Thank you for sharing it.jeNN

HeatherK. said...

That is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Your children and grandchildren are very blessed to have you.

Gledwood said...

That's v luxurious for a baby's cot (as we'd call it here in the UK). I was 1stborn so I got loads of things new; my younger brother got all the hand-me-downs!!

Gledwood said...

ps you've got beautiful floors too. Reminiscent of mine, only I live with laminate!!!

Gledwood said...

pps I think your blog design's perfectly cool, I really like it. the template I really like is the one I used in all my blogs, I think it would look nicest in the colour scheme you're using here. I don't see why you'd want to change it though.

It must be so difficult for you being parents of an addict. How do you exorcise your kid when they're "possessed" by drugs? I came off heroin cold turkey at my parents' house with them there and refused to say what was wrong until the 3rd day when I was literally going mental anyway and so were they wondering what the hell was wrong with me. I wasn't lying in bed writhing like you see on TV, I was utterly agitated and wrestless and unable to engage with just about anything. I did 8 days clean and just felt mentally terrible, then I ran off back to London and used. Nowadays they and I see it as more complicated than just getting rid of bad chemicals; there was depression and a failure to engage with life for decades before that. And despite messing around with it I never got addicted to heroin till my late 20s. I'm now 37 and realizing what a huge chunk of my life I've lost because of all this. The upside is I think finally I'm laying the groundwork I have to so I can get away from this for once and for all

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sKILLz said...

I gotta give you props because I have no patience when it comes to putting things together like that.

Funny tho because I can build a computer from just having all the right parts.
My thing has ALWAYS been electronics!

Stay Up Homie!

Fractalmom said...

beautiful

Anonymous said...

A beautiful cradle for a beautiful baby. Your love for your family is also a thing of beauty

Sierra Wolf said...

I so LOVE real wood furniture and beautiful craftsmanship. That cradle is absolutely breath taking. I have no doubt that it's going to become a family heirloom that carries the legacy of a loving patriarch for generations to come !! You should be proud.

Annette said...

I wish you were my dad!! What a beautiful gift! I hope they pass that down through the generations and tell the story behind it....about you and your life and the great love you have for your family. They are all very blessed to have you.

Her Big Sad said...

Oh so beautiful! My dad works with wood also and I love seeing a piece come alive under his hands. Your granddaughter is a lucky, beloved little girl! Thanks for posting about it!