Barn Board and an Artist Bio

IMG_20160522_090946 (1)I was lucky to get a pick up truck load full of barn wood two weeks ago. I have not made anything yet but it is some really lovely stuff, with lots of character and history. Wood is constantly changing. It loses moisture and shrinks, it absorbs moisture and expands. One of the cool things about working with wood is  how it can be altered by its environment.  What is nice about this selection is there are several wide planks, 12″ 13″ and 14″ and there are several boards over 6′ long. Wood like that can be difficult to come by. There are sections that are unusable because they are too dry but a majority of the wood is usable. There are 3 short  4″x 4″ posts, one piece that is 1″ thick, and the rest of the wood is planed to 3/4″ or 1/2″ thick. I am excited about working with this new wood.

I also came across some nice pieces of pine last week. I am rip cutting one of the piecesIMG_20160604_203940 in to 2″ wide strips to use for a frame in a table that I am working on.  My table saw does not work so I am using the circular saw to make my cuts. I have gotten pretty good at making straight cuts but there is occasionally a board that is a little wider or narrower. When that happens I just clamp them together and use a hand plane until they are the same width.

IMG_20160603_192442I am working on my bio and artist statement for the Art’s Guild. I always struggle with those kind of projects. I live in Vermont and I work with wood sums it up for me, but I need more than that.  Honestly I have trouble self identifying as an artist. I am getting  more comfortable the longer I do this but it still feels weird. If I want to sell my work wholesale I need to get over that. So no more putting it off. I will finish  my artist statement this week.

Bennington Arts Guild

IMG_20160529_131722I have been  busy in the workshop trying to build inventory, find new places to sell my work, and come up with new and fun ways to get my business noticed. I took a big step and submitted my work to the Bennington Arts Guild. It was a simple process and  I was able to pass the jury process. I left 3 pieces in the gallery to display and one has already sold!. I brought in 7 more items on Sunday when I went in to work my gallery shift. I am excited to have my stuff in a proper shop again. Now when a potential customer at a show asks where my stuff is available I can tell them that my stuff is available in the  Bennington Arts Guild Gallery store or my etsy shop.

IMG_20160529_131748 (1)Bennington holds an annual art/crafts fair every year called Mayfest. I have always wanted to rent space to sell my work, but it was over my budget so I never got beyond researching the possibility of setting up. The Arts Guild had a space for the event and one of the cool things about joining the guild is that I got to sell my stuff  in their Mayfest booth as long as I helped set up and take down the Guild space. It was hot but it was fun!  I talked to lots of people about my process and how I got into wood working. I handed out a ton of business cards,and sold raffle tickets for a guild fund raiser The guild is open Thursday-Saturday from 11-5, Sunday from 12-4. The Guild is located at 339 Main Street  Bennington VT 05201