This is a very common sight around the workshop of The Brambleberry Cottage—
both inside and out.
Though I attempt to keep some semblance of order—organizing our multitudes of
baskets and bins of rusty metal, chippy-paint boards, balusters and spindles, and other
assorted salvage—it does have a tendency to get out of hand
at times...especially when we are in the midst of several
projects, as is currently the case.
And the clutter begins to mount even higher when a project or two gets
stalled because some key component
seems to be missing.
That's exactly what happened with the variety of junk you see in the first image...
that is, until we found the old, beat-up tin full of
vintage porcelain insulators.
Once the insulators were in our possession, the creative mind of the Yankee
started whirling, and a certain prized piece of wood
of mine became a key to one of his latest designs.
I had found this wonderful old porch post at the flea market last year
and had stored it away in the barn for a future project. Its layers of paint had
begun to crackle and chip away, revealing the most fantastic
I was rather reluctant to relinquish my hold on this treasure...
until the Yankee convinced me that his
project was worthy of its use.
As soon as I consented to letting him have my pretty wood post, he went to work
welding together several salvaged parts from antique
cast iron wood stoves.
A good scrub with a wire brush—to eliminate the loose flakes of rust—and a
few coats of our favorite spray sealant gave the rusty components
a nice rich patina.
While the Yankee was constructing his creations, I searched through a number of
bins in the barn to scout out the perfect pieces
of metal for the bases.
They had to be just the right dimensions and thickness to compliment
the Yankee's pieces.
And this is what I came up with. Aren't they "grate"?! ; )
So my vintage porch post, coupled with a few rusty grater parts, some
old insulators, an old gear or two, and several antique stove parts
"found object" art.
As hard as it was to give up, I think the Yankee put my
wood post to good use! ; )
Angie's Knick of Time Tuesday