Some old wood came home briefly.

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  • Some old wood came home briefly.

    About 6 weeks ago, our local church’s ladies had a garage sale in the parking lot. (I try to stay away from things like this as I know I will get roped into fixing something, and I did.) I was not aware they were having it, but needed to drop some papers off to the pastor. The pastor's wife came up to me and said, “I bought a cute little doll bed, but it needs some fixing. 2 finials that hold the canopy top onto the posts have been lost. Do you think you can fix it? I would like to give it to my granddaughter for Christmas.”

    Me: “Let me see.” The doll bed was about 18” by 30” and 30” tall at the posts/canopy. The canopy was totally off the post but intact, and it was made out of walnut.
    Me. “I think so, but it will be a couple of week ends before Christmas before I can do it,”

    Her: “That’s fine. I will spray paint it white when you finish it.
    I didn’t say anything but the lady she bought it from said,”It’s Walnut, you don’t want to paint walnut! Maybe sand it down and re-finish it". Pastors wife agreed.

    THEN the lady said, “Mr. Watson from Robinsonville made that for us at our request - so we could give it to our daughter when she was 2 or 3.”
    I perked up, “Mr. Watson made that for you?” She: “Yes, do you remember him?”
    ME: “Sure I do, he got that walnut from my dad. I used to play under that walnut tree when I was a kid. Mr. Watson made some things for our family out of the walnut in exchange for dad giving him a lot of walnut. (About 500BF, IIRC - beyond what he used to make what my dad wanted.)

    The tree came home to roost, so to speak.

    I made 4 new finials to replace the lost 2 and to make sure all were the same size and shape. AND the wood I used was from the same tree, That tree was about 4 1/2 ft diameter, with a bole about 18 feet to the first limb, and was harvested in the mid ‘60s. Lots of wood in that tree.
    Hank Lee

    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

  • #2
    If you have enough of the original wood you could make yourself a copy of the doll bed for one of your grandkids, Too much memories in this to just repair the bed for a friend.

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    • #3
      Wow! Great story Hank. Hopefully she doesn't paint it.
      just another brick in the wall...

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      • #4
        Capncarl, that is a good idea. I have enough walnut to do it.
        Hank Lee

        Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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