As our building painting project comes to a close and our final baby llama of the year is born we are winding down for fall. When you live in the upper Midwest this time of year gets pretty hectic. Racing against the clock because you know the snow and cold is getting closer. We have been so lucky to be having temperatures running about 10 to 15 degrees above normal for the last couple of weeks. We were able to accomplish a lot and our new little llama can get off to a good start.
The Albany Cutter restoration is complete as of Saturday. It turned out spectacular as usual and another successful project will be going to a new home. Our client for this project selected this sleigh out of our barn a little over a year ago.
It was a nice solid sleigh but as you can see it was certainly in need of some attention.
We pulled it out on Saturday for some photos. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast so our photos are not great but maybe we will get another shot at it on a nicer day. Nonetheless as you can see it turned out great.
The artwork is traditional hand painted and in keeping with the style of this sleigh. We ended up going with completely different colors, trim and artwork than the original. This sleigh will be going into the home of our client. They wanted to coordinate with the interior so we worked together to select traditional colors that work with their home.
Here is a shot of our client's Springer Spaniel who's image was painted in a cameo on the dash. A variety of animals, especially dogs were often seen in the decoration on sleighs of this type.
Our team of Dale, Bob, Brandon and Ryanne put their skills to work to complete another successful restoration. Carriage and sleigh restoration involves numerous skills from woodworking, metalworking, painting, art and upholstery. We are very fortunate to have such quality people on our team. Here is a shot of Ryanne just after she completed the upholstery. We have two more Albany Sleigh projects in the works so keep watching for more.
I am back to work in the shop this week. We have a rapidly growing number of restorations and new carriage orders coming down the pike. It’s going to be a busy winter and I think I’m about ready for it's arrival.
Have a great Monday!