So in early December, I stumbled (literally) over a sign that was from Uncle Henry's property. He had a long, winding front walk that led up to the front door of the house, which they never used (or answered), so delivery people often got confused. So Uncle Henry made a sign out of scrap wood that he hand carved, painted and attached to a post at the front door to send them to the back of the house. This sign is at least 40 - 50 years old (probably older) and I can still see it (in my mind) along the walk.
So I thought this would be a cool Christmas gift to give to L. I knew she would immediately recognise it although she probably thought it was lost forever. Having been outside in the weather for decades, it was in rough shape. So I cleaned and lightly sanded it first. Then I put some metal straps on the back to hold it together and keep it from splitting any more. Then I got some black, oil based stain and painted the bulk of the sign. I had taken it up to the local Ace Hardware and they made the recommendation on the paint. I next got some white and red acrylic paint from the local AC Moore and painted the lettering and arrow. This took several coats and some tweaking with the black stain to get the lettering and arrow edges as clean as I could. It probably took me longer to paint this then it did for Uncle Henry to carve it. Finally, I added a hanger wire on the back so that L could hang it on the wall in her house. This wouldn't last outside again.
|Here's the finished sign. I hung it on my wall just for picture taking.|
|A close -up of the carving work. It's kind of hard to see in the picture.|
|And even closer still.|
Any chance she'll hang it in the bedroom ?
Hey, that's my sister your talking about!
Yeah, there's a pretty good chance.
LMAO !!! You KNOW I was kidding, dude.
What a great story. I think your Uncle Henry would be very happy to know he's still around.
What a thoughtful gift! I bet your sister is thrilled with you ... but being siblings you know the approval will be brief, right?
Congrats to Pudge on his outdoorsy art and good of you to encourage/support the interests.
Next week WRITE a haiku, don't just lurk around commenting. BTW .... get ride of the word verification.
Yeah, Uncle Henry will be around for a few more years - until my generation is done.
My sister likes everything I do for her. I'll get a lot of mileage out of this gift. Bwahaha
The Pudge definitely has some artistic talents. Last night at our scout meeting, his patrol had to make a new flag and he did most of the work. And he did a nice job. I may make a short post on it.
And I'll tell you what I told LaDiva - I had to turn verification on my blog because I picked up a bot on a post I did over 2 years ago (at Haiku post at that). They really want me to buy tramadol/retin-a/viagra/cialis - 237 comments and counting. I'm going to leave the verification on for a few weeks in the hope that it goes away.
Good afternoon Buzz Kill,
A nice gesture on your part. Funny how you can come up with an idea and then once into it realize what a deep commitment you have just made. I'm sure L really appreciates you stuck it through.
The work wasn't as much as I made it out to be. I gripe about everything.
Sorry it took so long to reply, but I've had major computer and schedule problems.
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