Chip works in more mediums than just leather. He is also an accomplished rustic woodworker. While most of his pieces have been sold, he did have a few still in the house that were cleaned up and brought to the resource center for the exhibition of his work.
One of those pieces is a cherry bench he made with a low VOC waterbased satin finish.
The legs are maple and it is about 30 inches long.
It retails for $200.
It’s a pretty piece.
Chip also made a small pine end table. It is approximately 24 x 24.
Chip does not just nail his pieces together. He specially crafts each join with a mortis and tenon joint so that each piece fits together. This takes more skill in that he has to pick his limbs so that they fit into each other at the right angles to hold the piece together.
This piece retails for $175.00
One of my favorite pieces that Chip has made is another cherry bench which curves.
What I love about this piece is how Chip found a maple limb for the extension support bar which followed the curve of the bench exactly – giving the piece an overall sense of movement.
It retails for $250.00 and has a linseed oil finish. This bench is over four feet long.
Yesterday was the opening reception for Chip’s exhibition. We had a great time but I was held up in court so in the rush to get home, get the boys ready and get there, I left the camera at home – so no pics. Sorry.
The reception was great. Becky and Bill were there along with our friend Steve and a lovely young lady Jennifer who was on his arm. Becky picked up a new belt. Woo Hoo!! You can’t help but be happy when Becky is around. Her smile is just infectious.
Our cousin Jessica also came with her partner Chrystal – who Vash is especially fond of. Made our day to see them. Everyone is so busy that we don’t always make time to spend it with family – and they live closer to us than any of our family – so we grabbed them and treated them to the buffet dinner held for the opening at Local 111 – the restaurant across the street from the resource center. The boys liked that. Chris came too. Then I made them come to the house so I could show them the pictures of Markus as Harry Potter since it was Jessica who lent him the first book to read which resulted in his choosing to be Harry. Already she is having an influence on the boys. Love it.
Chip has been making and selling some belts. Our big news is that he sold his first piece on Etsy this week!! That is exciting because that means that we may be able to keep him working at home without the store overhead and still sell product. He was pretty excited about the whole thing.
So was I.
Tomorrow is Food on Friday. I hope to show you Gypsy Soup tomorrow. Its a great soup for just about anytime. See you then.