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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Skilled Vintage Hands - No. 1




Each of you are invited to join Coloradolady at htp://coloradolady.blogspot.com. and myself for the next four weeks. These post will feature the works (1940-1960)of my late father-in-law.



1904 - 1984

This not the best picture of him, but felt it fit right in with his work. When he was a young man, he was involved in construction work, always using his hands. Very skilled in carpentry work. He was working one day on a roof and fell off. His injuries stopped that type work. It did not effect his God given mind and hands. All his designs were from being so creative. He made several nice pieces of furniture. Each piece is one of a kind. In fact, he made his wife an entire dining room suit. Hutch and all. It was a great piece of work. Regretfully, that is no longer a part of the family now. He was a good man, that loved the Lord. His church prayers and meal blessings were like none other.


This is a very small portion of his hand tools. My late husband, his son, kept these and framed them for protection. I still have these today. Besides these smaller tools, he had larger for the detail and larger jobs.


His idea and design for a candle holder. I have a pair of these.

To me, besides the dinning room suit, this coffee table was a true master piece. These are all individual inlaid pieces. This is proudly displayed in my son's home.

Another original idea for this little table. He used tree limbs for the legs and then finished out the top in small polished pieces.

Be sure to tune in next week for feature No.2 showing more of his home furnishings.

36 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Stunning! Such beautiful work, I'm so glad some of it is still enjoyed by your family!

Sandi (Meme) said...

Wow, how beautiful! There aren't many who have skills like that anymore. Have a wonderful week, and be sure to check out my Vintage post. Sandi

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

THis is amazing.This man stood tall in his time.The pieces you show are valuable beyond compare.
Blessings,Ruth

Postcardy said...

I love those pieces. I think they would be considered good examples of folk art.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Your father-in-law must have been a remarkable and very talented man... Even if he couldn't do construction anymore, he obviously found a passion.. The things he made are fabulous... I admire people with those kinds of talent... Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

LV,
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving nice comments! Your husband's carpentery work is beautiful!

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Wow! Inlaid pieces. This man was an artistic genius. I'll bet they're worth a pretty penny.

Ms.Daisy said...

LV,
You are so fortunate to have these lovely pieces made by your Father-in-law. Beautiful and very creative!


~Jean

Stacey said...

Wow- I love these pieces! Really great work. I look forward to seeing next week's additions.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What beautiful craftmanship. You are very fortunate to have so many of those fine pieces. Thank you for sharing all these beauties with us, Sherry

marian said...

beautiful pieces by a very talented craftsman and I think it's wonderful to have his framed tools on display!

Oklahoma Granny said...

What priceless treasures - both the furniture and the memories.

Neabear said...

Amazing work by your father-in-law. I am glad some things are still in the family even though that hutch isn't. I would love to see what the hutch looked like. My dad made me a linen press several years ago. Actually it was probably almost 20 years ago that he made it. It is a piece I will always treasure especially since he doesn't do that kind of thing anymore. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

What amazing work. How wonderful that some of these pieces are in your family.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Really interesting pieces, LV!

Linda said...

How nice you have these very special family pieces and his tools, too!

Miri said...

These are so beautiful! The inlaid table is incredible and I love the tree limb leg table.

Becky K. said...

Oh the time he must have put into these pieces. Beautiful!! That coffee table is my favorite.

I also love the testimony he left behind. His love of God. That is a legacy I desire.

Becky K.

Rebecca said...

Very interesting and unusual items-to treasure forever!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What a beautiful testimonial and such beautiful work! And how wonderful that you still have these treasures and can pass them down through the generations, together with the story of who your father in law was. Love it!

viridian said...

These are treasures. Thanks for sharing. Happy VTT!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Such a lovely tribute to your father-in-law LV! What wonderful creativity he had. I love all of the pieces. I will look forward to Part Two next week.

Happy VTT,
Sally

GardenofDaisies said...

Awww, I'm so glad that you still have some of the furniture he made. I love the way you frames the tools to give them a place of honor in your home.

Mary said...

Wow, what a fine remembrance. I love the candleholders. That's so neat how your husband saved his dad's tools in a shadowbox. My sister has some of our dad's and granddad's tools. He was a monument maker.

bj said...

Oh, LV...these are so priceless.
Just beautiful and I am so glad you and your son have these pieces.

I had forgotten all about a can biscuit cutter. My mother and my mother in law both used cans. Why oh why didn't I save them??

xo bj

Coloradolady said...

So good seeing these works of art again....I love those tables. Happy VTT!

Roslyn said...

Those are indeed beautiful & beloved as from your dear FIL

D.E. said...

Wow what a great post! Blessings to you. DE

Ann said...

That table is exqusite. You can tell it was made by a skilled master carpenter. What a wonderful item to have in your family. Happy VTT
Ann

Tete said...

Beautiful craftmenship. What wonderful things to remind you of him. Thanks for your visit to my blog and your kind words. Love your profile!
Blessings- Tete

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what amazing work. Beautiful. Can't wait to read more.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Maureen said...

Wow! What a creative and talented man. The workmanship is just beautiful.

Annesphamily said...

My goodness, the work is exquisite. I am so glad I came by. You are one sweet lady with a wonderful background. This skill is truly a lost one. I don't think anyone has such beautiful workmanship today. Thanks for sharing. Anne

Vintage Whimsy said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my dishes!

I love the furniture you shared with us this week. How special to have such quality pieces to keep in the family. And I'm sure the workmanship is excellent - something you certainly can't find in today's mass-produced items!!

Rose said...

fantastic ability. i esp. loved the coffee table. look forward to seeing more of your father works. thanks. Rose

Anna said...

That is incredible work, the inlay is just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing.