This blog shows the folkart I make, my reproduction furniture and other projects. My studio/shop is in my backyard. It's a couple of miles off the main road in West Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada. When you come to visit make sure you see – the "Olde Times" Garden House Museum; Grandma's Attic; the Furniture Box; Grampa's Loft (antiques, old doors, etc. in my Dad’s old barn loft); and my World's Largest Egg Beater, certified by Guinness World Records.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Freak Show - Part 2

     I am very pleased how this piece turned out.  I rank this one in my top ten favourite that I've done in the 20 years in business.  This piece measures 5'-0".
     Today it will be picked up by a dealer from Ontario who will take it back to his client.
Check out the Youtube video...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Freak Show - Part 1

     I've done a few Carnival pieces in the past which have been bought by a dealer I work with.  He just asked me to do another - so I came up with this Freak Show piece - years ago they were travelling shows (see story and photo below).  The two sets of finials I used were from an old organ and I worked them into two pieces.   
     I've been working on this for the past week   This is Part 1 - I'll show you the finished piece in a couple of days.
 Below screen shots...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ketchup Loves Potato

     I often do custom pieces for clients such as this piece that someone asked me to do.  He wanted something about ketchup and potato and said I could run with that.  I call this piece "say yes, I know we'd make a prefect couple".  The legs and arms are from old dinner forks.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pole Lamps from old shovels

    The latest pieces I made are these two pole lamps.  I made them from 2 shovels that were used to dig telephone pole holes - the handles are wood.   The base of the lamps are old cream cans.  I half-filled the cans with rock to balance them from tipping over.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Silver Fox

     I had a costumer in recently who wanted a silver fox piece made - this is the first silver fox I've done.  I made the body from an old buoy that I had upstairs in my attic.  The legs and tail were part off an old chair.
     Prince Edward Island has a long history when it come to silver foxes.  Back in the early years of 1900 Mr. Dalton and Mr. Oulton bred foxes secretly on Oulton's Island in Cascumpec Bay.  The silver fox is a rare oddity of the red fox and were bred to produce more.  The fox industry developed a huge market in Europe where it was the style of the wealthiest fashion to wear fox furs.  It was possible for a breeding pair of foxes to be sold for $25,000 ( a huge amount of money ) - in today's money that would equal $665,000 - imagine!!  In those days a person could build a large house and barn from the sale of a pair of foxes.

Above: Silver Fox
"a genetically determined colour phase of the common red fox"
definition cf. wikipedia.ca
Woman With Fur Mitt
Above: cf. www.old-picture.com
Below: Mr. Oulton's House in Alberton, PEI

Monday, August 29, 2016

Open Fire Cooking with Dutch Oven

    I got this very large Dutch Oven recently from my friend Larry at Island Uniquities & Antiques in Cape Traverse.   Yesterday we did some big cooking from french fries to chickens over an open fire!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cat carved from Island Sandstone

     My wife and I were on my ATV the other evening at our cottage and came across a flat piece of Island sandstone.   I thought I'd try doing a stone carving for the first time.  So I made up some tools and started carving a few days ago.  I'm happy the way my cat turn out. I'll do another one when I find the right piece of stone.