I know that everyone wants to see fantastic, fully finished products that we here at Galloway Artisans are making, but the reality of that is, we don’t always get projects finished every week.
A lot of the projects we do require many weeks of work or weather conditions that allow us to finish when it’s warm, something that is getting closer all the time with spring arriving, but has not quite arrived yet.
Gathering raw supplies also takes time, as the recent pile of fence boards will attest. The fence was between us and the storage units next door. Rotten posts were causing the fence to fall down and it was obvious something needed to be done. Since it was not our fence, but it did separate our property from them the owner talked to us and wanted to know if we would take the fence down and he would have a crew come in and put up a new fence (chain link.. yuck). If we took it down we could have all the boards.
Still attached to the fence, let the work begin
One section down, dozens to go.
A stack of 350 fence boards
After agreeing to that, I started the process, an hour or two over a couple evenings and figured I’d finish up on Saturday… 350 fence boards later, and the upright boards were done. Saturday evening I dropped the 2×6 and a few 2x4s to the ground and called it a night.
During the night I started thinking, now would be the best time to take the dead pine tree down that was between our shop and the storage unit since there was no fence to worry about hitting. An early morning call to my Brother in law and soon the tree was on the ground, as was another dead pine that had to fall in our yard. As anyone that cuts trees knows, the getting it down is the easy part. It’s the clean up that takes time!
So now we are into late Sunday afternoon, and I’m wiped out! This is really close to hard physical labor… Did I mention that I also had to move the firewood away from the fence, all the 32 AA Ford parts, and a few flat fender Jeep parts?
Still, here we are on Monday morning and you are all waiting on a new blog post of what we have “finished” over the last week…. Besides the boards you saw above, we also have 2 pine logs 12’ 6” long that we will be taking to our friend with the mill in the next week or two, so will have some great blued pine boards as well.
All is not glamorous as it seems and sometimes it’s hard work to just keep ourselves in the raw materials needed to make the fantastic finished pieces you all long to see. We will work harder to have more to show you next week that’s Not raw materials.