Monday, April 8, 2013

I think my luck gave out so back to work...

Now that I think I have used up all the luckiness for this year in one week I figured it was time to get back to work.  
I looked at the mountain of barn wood at my Dad's house and the smaller mountain we have here and decided it was time to take action!
(We could catch on fire!)
After a bit of explaining and coaxing I talked my husband into showing me how to work one of  his "babies",
 the radial arm saw!
 I set about lining up all this barn wood and cutting off the bad parts and getting it to a size I figured I could put a fun pattern on.
 Then out came the sanders.  I took off the rough that is a trick with barn wood!
 Pulled out the drill press for action. 
 I did know how to work some of these things, but I think the last time I used the belt sander was in Las Vegas!
 I have yet to finish some of these...not sure how to embellish the chicken welcome just yet.
Once I put the drill holes in I will start messing with it and he will come together as will the kitties. 
  The hardest part is working with the wire.  I forgot how difficult it is to work with #9 fencing wire.
(Unless you are stringing a fence.)
This is were my husband has had to step in and give me a hand so to speak.  He put the loop on the blue funky flower and I really liked it!
The other thing I forgot about was all the slivers and scrapes you get from working with barn wood.  
YUP, my hands look like they have seen better days.
I like painting on this wood because of it's unique texture but don't use your best brushes are looking like my hands, a bit mangled.
Headed to the garage to cut more wood.  And wouldn't you know--it is snowing again!
Enjoy your day,


  1. I LOVE the barnboard art. I'm so happy you are making a nice collection of it.

  2. Oh my gosh! Those are great, I love 'em! What? More snow? Holy cow, we're in the high 70's here and have the ac on.
    I love the barn wood paintings too. These would make sweet gifts... so cool :)


  3. You go girl! Sometimes it's great to roll up your sleeves and get in there and do it yourself! They are all that bird with the cherries! Sorry to hear about the snow. Take care,

  4. SNOW?!! No way! We're still pollenating here and my eyes are SO itchy! Ahhh, gotta love the hands of a wood worker!! Your work is GREAT! I'll tell you a trick to curving the wire. Draw yourself a design (like a heart, flower, etc.) on a sturdy piece of wood and tap in some Strong nails (not penny) around the design. Then you can twist the wire around the template and....well, now you know the rest of the story!! Happy Wood working!

  5. LOVE all your wonderful creations, Barb!
    The colors of the flowers are bright and Beautiful. They just POP with color!
    Love the chicken. I Love painting on Barn wood. It's a rare find around here, and when you do find it, it's a lot of money.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations. Have a wonderful day!

  6. Love all the Barn wood creations! Nice surface for painting on! LOVE the chicken welcome, looking forward to seeing what how you finish it up!

  7. OMG!!! Be careful out in the shop with a saw!!!! Don't hurt yourself! LOL :) I really like the barnwood too. It just gives everything a prim look. The one's you did are very nice! :)

  8. All of your signs are adorable Barb!!! My husband would never let me near the saw. He would be afraid I would cut my fingers off. I probably would haha!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hello Barb, I love your work. These old barn wood pieces are adorable. I have just found your blog and I am excited to met you. Great site!
    We have some mutual followers so I think that we were destined to cross paths at some point. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you over to follow me back. I have met the nicest people in blog-land :)
    Your newest blogging sister, Connie :)


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