Monday, November 16, 2009

Grand Finale

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!

Best!
T

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You do beautiful work, I have enjoyed the complete "tour". As a little girl growing up in Miami, Florida, I dreamed of driving a sleigh through snow I had never seen. My grandfather who lived on a farm near New Salem, Ohio, had a sleigh he let me sit in and pretend all summer. Now I live in the desert and I'm too old to "pretend", Oh well. Thank you for the memories.

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Toddersville said...

Anon #1 & Anon#2 - thanks for the positive feedback. We will keep it coming. Best! T

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Stuart said...

Todd,
I really enjoy your blog. It was great seeing the before and after sleigh back to back. I have aspirations of doing some restorations of my own and you and your team's are a true inspiration. First order of business is get the shop set up....

Kim Bates said...

Such a beautiful piece! Great work everyone!!!!! We are so lucky to have you in Columbus!!!!

Lynda said...

Where are you? It has been two weeks, I am suffering withdrawl. Please, please update us.

Hellena said...

This is the best blog I've seen yet. Informative, great photos, nice tone on your posts. Next time I'm in Wisconsin, will visit. Thanks for the blog and for keeping this craft alive.

Charles Leck said...

Everything okay? I've gotten used to reading you nearly every day and now... a couple of weeks have gone by. Traveling? Holidays? Hope all is okay.
Charlie

Toddersville said...

I'm here...

Thanks so much for watching. Been very busy and it seems the blog gets bypassed when I'm on the run.

Best!
T

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