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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Carpenter Hands

I would like to share with you the skilled , talented hands of my late father-in-law. His trade was a carpenter. He truly loved and enjoyed creating things from wood. Over the years, he built his wife a complete dinning room suit. It was a work of art. These pieces are from the 50s and 60s time frame.

His speciality, for the public,was bird houses. The two above were one of a kind. He was well-known and respected throughout the community for his unique, smaller bird houses. Some people would buy several at a time. It pleased him knowing others appreciated his work. I am not sure what happened to these bird houses when his estate was settled. Sorry, I do not have more pictures of his work.

He was a man of great wisdom and visions. Therefore, this little saying must have meant a lot to him. He designed and framed it as shown. In order to highlight the significance of the saying, he added his personal touch. He hand carved little owls to top off his frame. My niece has this item.

These two are what you might call novelty pieces. However, most of his ideas were a work of art.

Thank you for stopping by, and trust you enjoyed this subject. We could all learn from the wise old owl.

For more vintage goodies, stop by Coloradolady's blog, there are lots of great things on display today.

20 comments:

Keetha said...

I remember the owl saying, my mom used to quote it to us FREQUENTLY.

marybt said...

Those are awesome! He was a very talented carpenter - that's something that is getting more and more rare these days.

JAS-- said...

Those birdhouses are beautiful. And I love the owl saying. He must have been a very talented, and wise, gentleman. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Beautiful pieces in deed! The birdhouses are wonderful. And I remember that wise old saying.

Miri said...

Beautiful pieces...both the bird houses and the owls! He was a very talented man.

Heather said...

The birdhouses are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your father-in-laws beautiful work.

CC said...

I love the birdhouses..and the owls..they're all wonderful. How talented he was. Happy VTT and have a lovely weekend.

Jewelgirl said...

WOW! Bird houses no.... Bird condos!
They are wonderful, he was talented
and wise. Rare combo! :)

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful saying and the owls are so appropriate. I'm glad this is still in the family.

SueLovesCherries said...

Beautiful design on the birdhouses - I'm glad they're in red!

Rosie said...

First time to your site and may I say I have been missing a treat! I love your profile page. "I do what I want, when I want." Lady, you are my new hero! I want to be just like you when I grow up :)

I love bird houses but yours are extra special.

Postcardy said...

I think these pieces would qualify as folk art.

Tikimama said...

LOVE those birdhouses! And I haven't heard that little poem about the Wise Old Owl for a long time - thanks for reminding me of it!

farmlady said...

What a talented man he must have been. The birdhouses are beautiful. You are very lucky to have these things.

Donna said...

wonderful bird houeses! so nice when we have things from the family!

Julie said...

The birdhouses are unbelievable! I am amazed at all the detail!

mannequin said...

Oh good heavens. My heart is fluttering over those birdhouses. My father made a few that I treasured for many a year. It's so wonderful that you still have those, they are gorgeous.

Sarah said...

What wonderful bird houses...or bird condos!

Barb said...

I love those birdhouses. They are so unique, and fun.

Thanks for coming by.

blessings,
Barbara jean

Coloradolady said...

Great post! I do love the owls, for some reason, they always were so special. Thanks for participating in VTT. Sorry my comment is so late, I have been out of town.