Monday, January 11, 2010

My husband has good skills!

In my Sunday Shadow Shot I mentioned that my husband makes furniture and some of you asked to see more.  I took pictures today of some of what's downstairs.  THIS IS NOT BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS!  What is it about glossy magazine shoots that makes me think my house has to look the same?  I considered waiting until everything was immaculate, but you know what?  It never is.  We live in our house and there is clutter.  That's just the way it is!  Without further ado, some of my husband's furniture.

This is a secretary he made out of black walnut.  One of his earlier pieces in a style he no longer likes to make.

     The secretary sits in the corner of the library.
The library shelves are done in the Craftsman style which Gary prefers.  You are looking into the dining room where the sun is shining this morning.

You may recognize our prayer flags hanging outside the window.  Gary made the china hutch and the dining room tables and chairs.  For a long time we only had four chairs but eventually he finished the set of six.  After he made the rocking chairs he considered remaking the dining room chairs based on what he had learned but he just isn't that fond of making chairs.

Here's a close up of the table and a chair, with another chest against the wall.

The table, chairs and chest are made of oak.  The hutch is made of cherry.

In the living room we have the latest creations.  A beautiful entertainment center accented with purple heart wood and on the floor some experimental boxes.

This is a close up of the dovetails, handles and accents.

And that's all I've got time for today.  Thanks for joining me in my world, check out other interesting places at My World Tuesday.


Tess said...

Gorgeous furniture! The chairs have a really cool look and I also especially love the entertainment center. I can't believe he has made so much of your furniture, that's some dedication.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

I can't believe that you good husband got that unbelievable skills.
Wish to find someone like him.

Great stuffs with great shadow.

Happy SS...

J said...

What a talent. I was completely, hilariously useless at woodwork at school so I'm awed that someone can make these beautiful piecs by hand. Also - you have a library?! I am officially jealous.

Gaelyn said...

Wow Loran, your husband does have good skills. The furniture is all so beautiful. I really like the library shelves. He obviously devotes a lot of time to the fine details. Thanks for sharing this. Kudoos to hubby!

eileeninmd said...

Your husband is very talented. The furniture is gorgeous.

Sylvia K said...

Those are fantastic! What an incredible skill! Wow! I'm in overwhelm! Really beautiful craftsmanship! Not many people do this anymore and I think it's just wonderful! Thanks for sharing this, Loran! And give your husband a big pat on the back from Seattle!


foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

Wow! I would love to have them all :)
Your husband is a talent indeed!

Cher' Shots said...

You husbands handiwork is marvelous. My Dad used to make furniture but only when the mood struck him. He also did some beautiful work. You are indeed a lucky woman to have someone so crafty to call your own.

Janie said...

He's quite a craftsman. It's so nice to have such quality furniture, all made to your own needs and specifications.

Dar said...

Wow, My guess is that there is not a nail or screw to be found in any of his work...dovetails, dowels, biscuits, etc. are obvious..Wonderful detail and talent. My Dad has made many pieces including several musical instruments, so appreciation is great when I see this lost art.
Simply Wonderful pieces, I love them all. A firm handshake to him.

Erin said...

beautiful furniture...he is good!
like the arts/crafts style.
thanks for sharing.

Me and my puppies said...

Wow! Does your husband have a brother, I could use a man like that around here! :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Absolutely fabulous, Loran. Do you know how lucky you are to have all of that tremendous furniture???? WOW---I am just so impressed. It is all just gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing with us, and tell you hubby that he is very very talented.


Barb said...

Oh my gosh - your husband isn't just "skilled" - he is an amazing artist and craftsman. These pieces are exquisite. Thank you for the tour - the furniture is beautiful. What clutter?

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you posted pictures of the furniture. You need to upstairs tomorrow. I can finally show
Selwyn Gary's pieces of art.

Lisa Wilson said...

Wow, your husband is really talented! Those are beautiful pieces of furniture.

EcoRover said...

Wow, that's some fine, fine cabinetry. We have some great old pieces from the families, but anything new beyond pantry broom closet and shelves is gonna be hired out.

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