Friday, July 20, 2007

Show & Tell Friday

Kelli hosts a show and tell Friday. Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

Joshua our son is very good at what he does. He is 23 years old and already has a great reputation for his craftsmanship. He does contracters work and remodeling things. Most of his jobs now come from word of mouth recommendations from people he has done work for. I believe one of the reasons that he is so good, is that he has a cabinet makers eye and heart. He wants everything plumb and square. When he picks out wood to make things, he doesn't just look for straight boards. He looks at the patterns in the wood, the flame, the character of the wood. We have friends that started off as customers for our meats. They were expecting another child and wanted a cradle made. Joshua was 18 years old, but they asked him to make it. They let him choose the style of cradle that he liked. When Joshua was talking to the husband, he asked Joshua questions that drew out of him what sort of wood that Joshua like to work with. Joshua told him that one day he wanted to make something with cherry, but to not stain it dark, but just put a clear finish on it. That is what they ordered their cradle in. Special thanks to Mark & Tracy for their friendship and for giving Joshua a chance to do something special. Here is the cradle he made for them. Remember, he had just turned 18. If you click on the picture, it will show you a larger view of it and you can see more detail.

25 comments:

Ron and Ginny said...

Beautiful! I remember when he was making that. :-D

ellen b said...

Oh My that is a gorgeous cradle. The wood is so lovely. What a wonderful craft talent your Josh has.

Kelli said...

Oh wow, that is such a beautiful cradle, Marci! I can tell that Joshua put alot of love into it as he made it. He is very talented!
Kelli

Lady_MSnow said...

I remember seeing a picture of that before. It is beautiful work. :)

Pam said...

Just wonderful! I'm so proud that there are still 18 year old boys around who will do stuff like this! He did an excellent job! Will you possibly be able to show us some his recent work?

I think the quilt hanging a a background for the photowas a really neat idea as well!

I scrolled down and caught up with your blog. I haven't been here in awhile. I love your little Aussie! The first full bred dog we ever bought was a tri-colored Aussie! We loved that dog so much. Yours is a cutie!

Oh one more thing (sorry so long) our dog would corral the children in my home day care onto my couch and pace back and forth now allowing anyone to get down while I vacuumed the room! Everyone thought that was hilarious! If a wee one tried to wiggle down off the couch, Poochi Bear would nab them with his nose and push. He was "herding" the babies! LOL

LBP said...

Your son does beautiful work. What a lucky baby that will sleep in such a beautful cradle.

jar said...

What a beautiful cradle. Your son did such a nice job.

Kim said...

This simply takes my breath away. There is something inside of me that wants to run my hands along the wood, I guess that's kind of weird huh? But still I can't help it. The craftsmanship in this piece is amazing. Also I'm praying that the Lord gives you a truck. It's funny we have a truck and want a farm and you have a farm and want a truck, maybe someday we will both have both.

Momma Roar said...

That is gorgeous - I'm sure they were so happy to put their baby in that special cradle - I love cherry wood.


To answer your question about my blog header - I made it in MS Publisher, saved it as a jpeg file and then I could open it up in HP Image Zone (a program that came with my printer). There I could crop and resize it to fit in. Thanks for asking - I'm real tickled with how it turned out. I just like to play and dabble in graphics! Thanks!

Barbara H. said...

My, what a wonderful craftsman he is! And what a treasure the family has now!

Rose Mary said...

Truly beautiful work. Your son is very talented!

Penless Thoughts said...

Beautiful work and what a treasure for the family and this child.
Susan

Becky said...

That is absolutely beautiful. He is quite the craftsman. And I assume that is his mama's lovely quilt in the background. if so, we know where his talent comes from!

Patty said...

i just love that cradle, I keep trying to get Emery to make one for Mei-Ling and the future miss lockwood. Joshua is a talented young man !

Cheryl said...

Amazing craftsmanship. How lucky to have such a talent as that!

Linda aka yellowroseli said...

WOW What a gifted young man. It is a beautiful craddle. That is one blessed baby.

Connie W said...

What a lovely piece of work, it's a beautiful cradle.

Charity Grace said...

Oh my, that is beautiful!

Amanda said...

It's lovely! If he were closer, I'd commission him to do some work for me! If I had money. :} IT is lovely though!

Suzy said...

beautiful work...what a talent God has given Josh!!
Suzy

Jthemilker said...

I want one... but I don't have a baby to put in it! It's lovely. I'm very impressed.

BTW - I'm tagging you for a Me-Me over at my blog. It's all about Jesus so I know you'll participate!

Lori B said...

What a beautiful cradle. Your son Josh is so talented.

Peggy said...

Oh I love it!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Wow, what a talented young man! You have alot to be proud of.

Anonymous said...

I just had to write and say how beautiful this cradle is... and I absolutely love the finish!

Barb J.
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