|This is the gorgeous Adirondack Gruide Boat that Frank |
made in our New York basement workshop!
Frank is out of commission for a while after his shoulder surgery, so I thought I’d pay a small tribute to him and the body of work he’s done during his retirement years. Many of you know that my husband is one of the handiest guys on earth. There’s very little that can go wrong around the house that Frank can’t fix, and, needless to say, he’s done a lot of work updating and refining this house and our three previous homes in New York. But most pleasing to him – and to me – are the many things he’s made for our home and for our grandchildren.
Just after he retired I was smart enough to begin keeping lists of what he made and for whom. He’s worked in wood and wrought iron, and even done some stained glass work. Over twenty-five years later the lists are extensive – everything from kitchen spatulas and spreaders to a wonderful Adirondack guide boat. He’s made many toys, large and small, for our grandchildren. He’s made all the beds in our house, and most of our living room furniture and lamps. Do you think I’m spoiled? I am – and I am soooo lucky.
We’ve kept two fat scrapbooks of pictures of the things Frank has made, but not too many of the photos have made their way to my PC files. Here’s a small selection of what I do have for you to see.
|All made of cherry, Frank made the side table, mazazine rack, foot stool,|
lamp, couch, and the rocking chair made to order for my not-inconsiderable
|Frank made the wrought iron lamps, the little butterwood chest, the|
cherry Shaker style high chair, and the maple buffet. Again, the maple
came from our own property
|The wrought iron Owl Court owl.|
|Here you see, on our front porch, a mirrored plant holder and |
part of a quatrefoil Frank copied from one we saw in Volterra,
|For post-stroke therapy Frank began chip carving. This box he made|
for me is one of my favorite things.
|Just rowing along. The guide boat is one of the fastest man-powered things |
afloat - and beautiful too.
Post script on Sunday, March 3 - I discovered that I had, elsewhere in my digital picture collection, two pictures of Kate and her first toys made by her Grandfather.
|Here she is on the kiddie car, holding on to the doll carriage that Say - |
she called her Grandfather 'Say' - made for her.
|And here she is on the maple rocking horse.|