This was taken about a year before he died. The last picture I have of us together.
My Dad was a fourth generation carpenter, and he could build anything from wood. He made his living most of his life from building things---houses, travel trailers and campers, kitchen cabinets, furniture, home accessories, and heirloom doll furniture. He was a craftsman in the very best sense of the word. He enjoyed creating something from nothing or transforming an ugly-duckling of a kitchen into a beautiful swan. It was through his encouragement that I began my creative business over 20 years ago. He has passed his talents on to my brother, Mark, who carries on the family trade.
Sadly, Dad is no longer with us. He died one year ago today--hence this departure from my usual schedule. I wanted to share a few of the things he made. I apologize for the pictures, but I hope you can see the beauty of his craftsmanship despite the poor photography.
These two are of the armoire he built for me. My favorite piece of furniture in my house.
This Barrister Bookcase is in my family room.
Some of the model vintage cars he built. Not from kits, but from his own patterns.
A very bad photo of my parents' craft show display, many years ago.
On my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. And this isn't even all of us!
Five children, two sons-in-law, one daughter in law
Six grandchildren, one (now two and soon to be three) spouses
There isn't a day that passes that I don't think of you. I miss you so much, and I carry you with me in my heart each and every day. I am so blessed to have had such a wonderful, caring father who encouraged me in all of my dreams.
With much love,
Your "favorite youngest daughter"
If you really need an etsy fix, follow this link to my favorite shops folder. There is lots to look at there. I will be back next Friday with my usual Friday Favorite. <3