All posts filed under: Past project

A Project From the Past Becomes Even More Special

THIS PAST WEEK contained just about every emotion possible. I had a good week at work, my football team won a good game. And my sister Jane visited us staying at our home. But it was an emotional week as well because my family began the process of cleaning out my mom’s home in preparation for selling it. I’ve not shared this on my blog, but my dear mother passed away April 9th. I have a large family – two brothers and two sisters and we have all been at my mother’s home going through her possessions and taking the sentimental things we want. For me, any easy item to put my name on is the book stand you see here. I made it for my mom early in my woodworking life. In those days I signed and numbered my furniture. This is project #5 dated January 5, 1985. I began woodworking in 1983, a time when primitive country furniture was going crazy and such furniture was in all the home decorating magazines. We used …

A Bible Stand for my Mom

One benefit of being a woodworker is the woodworker can design and build furniture to fit any space. In my mom’s home there exists a small corner in her foyer. Not long after graduating from the University of Alabama where I had taken a shop class titled “Wood Technology” I built a slender bible stand to fill that space. This was about 1985. I was greatly influenced then by woodworker Peter Kramer. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about Peter which shows photos of his furniture designs (see the blog post by clicking here) The bible stand is a variation of one I saw in the 1984 issue of Country Home magazine, which I still have. When I am having design trouble, I’ll often open the pages of this magazine and read the article about Peter. I was at my mom’s house last night and took these photos with my iPhone. The bible stand will soon be 30 years old and is still looking good – no need of any repairs. This …