Fall puts me in the mood to work on art and craft projects. The same holds true for Rod, which is why he planned on spending some time in his new work shop building a cradle for my niece’s first baby, which was due September 14th. You’ll notice I said “was“.
Rod’s early fall project turned out to be a late summer one as our grandniece decided she was ready to join her parents on July 14th. Fortunately the roofing crew had just completed the work on our house so he could put his focus on building the cradle.
Because this is an heirloom piece, he opted to purchased three red oak boards from a local mill. Unlike boards you would pickup at the large lumber yards or home improvement stores, these are rough cut sizes which require additional planing to achieve the exact thickness of board needed.With the planing complete he begins cutting out the pieces.
Back to more cutting while the ends dry.
While Rod worked on assembling the basket, I heated up my wood burner and wrote his name and year on the underside of the bottom rail. I don’t think it turned out too badly considering I haven’t picked up that wood burner in over 25 years.
By the way, the afghan that covers her was made by “yours truly” 😉