Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lucky Me

My dad is here visiting for a month. He drove out from Michigan and brought me a surprise -- this awesome apothecary cabinet.

Dad is a very skilled woodworker. He has a little "barn" behind his house where he creates his masterpieces. I'm lucky to have many of them in my house.I ordered square concho drawer pulls for the drawers. They are a mixture of finishes - antique copper, silver, old west silver, silver and gold, etc. I wanted a little variety. And there are 3 different styles: a longhorn, star and cross (which isn't shown in this picture).
These are a few of the jewelry/trinket boxes that dad has made over the years for me. Each one is a little work of art. He uses different woods for the inlay pieces. The one on the left end has pine from a tree I planted when I was about 6 years old. It finally had to be cut down and dad had it milled and then used it to make different things. I remember bringing that little pine sapling home in a styrofoam cup from school!

Eventually, when I get a real studio built, I'd like to put this in there to store my beads and other supplies. For now, I am admiring it in our living room. Great job Dad. :)

22 comments:

ARTISANNE said...

I think I want to marry your Dad! ;)
That is just FANTASTIC!! Perfect for all your bits and bobs!

Teresa said...

Wow! you are lucky. My dad used to do a lot of woodworking back in the day.
That is an awesome piece(s)! And to drive all the way from Michigan--that is a jaunt! What a timeless and priceless work of art with a little "Heart of a Cowgirl" flair:)

Katie said...

Lucky you! That is gorgeous. And I love that he used your pine tree to make that box.

Paula said...

Beautiful! Can I have your dad?! Love it and love the drawer pulls! What a neat idea!

the7msn said...

Wow - that is an instant family heirloom! I especially love that it includes that special piece of pine.

Breathe said...

Apple and tree, I can see that a love of hand crafted beauty is an inherited gift!

2horseygirls said...

I'd be happy to just have a piece of his gorgeous furniture - your mom can keep him; she's probably fairly attached by now ;)

Absolutely stunning work!

Phyllis said...

Oh, I am drooling over this!!!

And Turbo is beautiful!

Carolynn said...

It's beautiful! What a loving gesture from your Dad.

luthien said...

OMG!!! that is SO GORGEOUS!!! SO SO GORGEOUS!! my goodness ... what fantastic workmanship and OMG!! I WANT ONE TOO!!! i just enrolled in your dad's fan club!!

Shelly's Stuff Jewelry said...

It's apparent that the artistic gene in your family has been passed from father to daughter. Beautiful craftsmanship!

Julie Harward said...

That is SO beautiful! Your Dad has wonderful talent, how lucky for you! I would love to have such a beautiful piece in my home, and it means so much that your Dad made it for you, you are blessed. I love the picture above it too, I bet i would love your home. Come say hi :D

Cowgirl Goods said...

Tell Dad that is beautiful! WOW very talented....now I know where someone else gets their skills;)

Gaina said...

Beautiful! I can see where you get your creative genes from now :)

Kathy said...

Wow that is just awesome. You are very lucky and must be so proud of what he creates. Gorgeous. I love wood!!!

Desert Rose said...

How fun for you to have to have your daddy with you for a whole month!!! Love the new cabinet and the special cowgirl drawer pulls!

gtyyup said...

Your dad is an awesome craftsman! They are all beautiful. And what a great story about the pine sapling...really cool!

Enjoy your dad!

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Oh what a lovely piece....my dad is a woodworker too, ha ha...I also treasure all of the wooden things my dad has made for me over the years...it looks like you have quite of few beauties too. I hope the bunnies don't get their little teeth on it...I think mine wood! ha ha. Be Well Bridget...I send a speacil 'shout out' to you on my blog tommorow:D

Paint Girl said...

Wow! How beautiful is that!! Gorgeous! Your dad is very talented, love it!
That is so neat that you get to spend a whole month with your dad!!

Christina said...

Just beautiful work. What a craftsman your dad is.

Jenn said...

OH. MY. I love this piece! Your dad is incredibly talented.

If being a cowgirl is an attitude, then count me in. I may have been a suburbanite all my life, but I have a country heart and a southwestern soul. I'm in love with your blog...lots and lots of bunny pix, southwestern life, and beautiful jewelry. And bunny pix. TOO cute!

Valerie A. Heck said...

The woodwork is beautiful! My grandfather is building me a bench to make jewelry on, he's a retired carpenter and I'm really excited about!