August 2015 Work in Progress

This month has been an absolute blur! I have gotten so much accomplished in the time available that I haven’t been able to keep updating items in the shop. So, as it may take a week or two to get everything posted, here is a preview of what is to come.

Barry Mader August Work

Above are some of the items that will be available in Barry’s Shop. The Pillow cases are currently in stock, but the prints themselves are yet to be listed.

                           Copyright logo                This link will take you to BarryMaderPrints on Etsy.

Just in time for fall, the Scarecrow, Tin man, and Lion should be available in September. They will be listed separately.
Wizard of Oz

It has been a bit of a chore keeping the Scarecrow and the Lion away from the cats. Murr loves the straw, and Mo has an obsession with the Lion’s mane.

I am very excited about the following piece. The owl photos are the inspiration for the figurines which will sit atop the wood piece. Unfortunately, because these Barn owl photos have been in my files for some time, I can’t seem to track down who the original photographer was. The second owl is available in gif format at:

Owl Key chain hanger

The wood pieces take the most time. They need to be cleaned and dried, to ensure no passengers follow along on the journey. The backing usually needs reinforcement, due to the fragile nature of the wood. This requires a plaster layer be applied, which adds a few extra days. Next, the polymer figures need to be sculpted, painted, affixed, and sealed to the piece. Either a clock is fitted into the piece, or hooks are secured into the wood and reinforced with a strong adhesive. Finally, a lacquer is applied to the surface to ensure it’s durability.

At the beginning of 2015, decorative boats were in high demand. Any link I selected was already sold, so I decided to craft my own. The two boat freestanding boats have been complete since April, but I still haven’t been able to bring myself to posting them. The masts are hand tatted (a form of crochet) to fit the dimensions of each ship.

Boats in progress blog

The driftwood pieces originate from a variety of locations, depending on where life takes us.

The two unfinished boats were created using wood collected from Nicolum River, near the Coquihalla highway.

The two completed boats were made from wood along Vaseux Lake, at OK Falls.

The next piece will be posted by the end of the month.

Squirrel Clock in progress

The Clock hands are awaiting the final golden touch.

Sparrow Bird House Blog Posting

The wood from this piece was collected from the shores of Vaseux Lake.

The sparrow inspiration photo is from Google images. (I am not posting any more links directly to the photo inspiration websites, as my computer has begun crashing as a side effect. Instead, I am pinning the images under my Pinterest “Animals” folder.)

The hollowed out driftwood tree trunk, below, was collected from a stream in Pritchard, B.C.

Skunk Log in Progress

And for the last post of the day, the Mouse Mushroom Branch, below, was collected from Pritchard, B.C.

Mouse Mushroom

This is an extremely unique piece. There is a mushroom growth at the base of the branch with a texture very similar to lush grass. I think it is going to be a lot of fun to work with. (Thank you Dad for collecting it for me)

And that concludes the longest post I’ve ever made in my life 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed the pieces and look forward to them arriving in the shop as much as I do.

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