It all started with the need for a petite coffee table for our small living room... I couldn't find anything I liked (or that Brent and I could agree on), so I decided to roll up my sleeves and make something.
I had so much fun learning to use a miter saw, sanding and painting all of the wood, and laying out the pattern... I knew this wasn't going to be my only project. I started filling grid paper pads with ideas, buying paint samples, and stocking up on wood. Soon my best friend wanted a piece for her new home, the perfect second project to take on. I knew she'd be an easy client ;)
I really, really love the entire process of this work. I love sorting through the wood pieces to pick the most beautiful patterns for staining, planning color schemes, sketching patterns, and sanding, staining, and painting the pieces. My favorite part is starting with a blank slate of plywood, and following the meditative process of marking, cutting, glueing, marking, cutting, glueing. Time flies, I get to listen to podcasts, and be completely absorbed with only the task at hand. Each piece takes on a life of its own as I work, like a little evolving puzzle. These things rarely turn out how I originally picture it, and its so rewarding to complete the puzzle and see where it ends up.
A few of my friends started calling me Lady Wood because of my new last name and my obsession with Downton Abbey. I figured since the name has stuck, it would be fitting to use for this collection of wood work.
Ha! That's a really generous term for it. At the moment my wood shop consists of a folding table out on our deck. I owe a huge thank you to Brent who is so encouraging despite the perpetual mess I'm making on any given day. I'm saving up for a Tuff Shed and hope to have a proper (albeit small) shop up and running soon. Wishful thinking? Probably. But a girl's gotta dream, right?