I am thrilled to be part of the Craft Unleashed Team. I joined the team at the urging of my daughter, Sarah Forhan. Sarah is already a designer here and she thought I would be a perfect addition to the team. And, though I am thrilled at her confidence in my crafting abilities I know secretly her reasoning was to help me to rebuild my craft supplies and also give me something to keep my hands busy.
I have worked with wood for years. In my twenties, to help make extra money for my family I use to make dollhouses. As I grew older and money was no longer tight my wood working endeavors took on a grander scale. My workshop included all the tools I needed to make and finish furniture along with tools for the fine detail work of carving and painting decoys.
All the craft tools I had collected over the years, along with my carvings, artwork, and all worldly possessions were gone in a blink of an eye December 1st 2010. My wife and I went off to work, like any typical morning. I received a phone call in the afternoon from the fire department that our home was on fire. I rushed home to find our house completely engulfed in flames; we lost everything.
So you see my daughter wanted me to join Crafts Unleashed as a designer so that I could regain some sense of normalcy and help rebuild my craft supplies. She knows that I love to work with my hands and the best gift she could give me was a way to keep my hands busy.
My first craft project after the fire was a wooden keepsake box. I found an unfinished box in my daughter’s craft studio and designed the word “Love” on the front. I designed the word “Love” to look like tree branches. Then using Darice’s wood-burning tool I burnt the outline it into the wood box.
Next, I brushed a stain onto the box and let it dry.
Lastly, using Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint I added detail and dimension. I then finished the box with a clear satin finish.
I have felt the love of my friends and family during this difficult time and this wooden keepsake box is symbolic of how I feel. From a tree comes life; its branches are a place for birds to perch, insects to gather, and flowers to grow underneath. At its prime, trees can be magnificent and grand they are the shelter for all living things around them. Burn a tree down and it falls, it shakes the ground, it creeks, moans, wails, but it does not die. As long as a tree’s root system is unharmed it lives to grow again, to flourish, often it grows to be more magnificent than before. The “love” of my family and friends and my deeply rooted faith will help me to grown and flourish once again.
I look forward to my monthly post here at Crafts Unleashed. My next posts will be chronicling-from the start to finish- the of making a dollhouse for my granddaughter.