Monday, January 10, 2011

matching handmade bookcases

My dad and my husband Steven have been working in their work shop on a set of matching bookcases for my son Decklin and Tina. Dad & Steven started this project late last August but then took some time off. Now, they are back concentrating on it and getting near a finished product!

picking out wood from my dad's stash, they chose Cherry wood.

My dad drawing up plans 

gluing the shelves together

My dad cutting the shelves

more sanding

I think Steven brings out the "kid" in my dad!! 

almost done and there are 2 of them -matching! 

I'll catch up again here soon with you, as I have my final sketchbook pages to share - it is completely done!! I am psyched. I will be mailing it tomorrow. I've also been busy preparing for a fabulous collaborative project with 3 other amazing artists that will begin in February. You'll hear all about it very soon, I promise!!!!


  1. Great post Lenna. So nice to see them working together.

  2. I deleted this one by mistake, but had the email saved!!
    Evidence of an Artistic Life has left a new comment on your post "matching handmade bookcases":

    I think your dad and husband should take pity on me and adopt me and come here and build stuff!! LOL!! These are wonderful!!

    thank you, Chris!! : ))))

  3. Beautiful bookcases - cherry is such a gorgeous material, with such a wonderful warm colouring.

  4. Very Cool!!! My dad loved to build furniture too. Very good memories.

  5. Lenna - do you want to loan them out to me so I can cancel my recent book case order and they can make for me (LOL - they would hate the weather). Looks like they are doing a lovely job - wish my hubby was as talented...

  6. Beautiful cherrywood shelves. Lucky Decklin and Tina, and what a labour of love for Steven and your dad. Sweet post.

  7. These are so gorgeous! How lucky Decklin and Tina are!

  8. I love the look of cherry wood, these are beautiful!

  9. oh, wow! they're looking amazing! we've been quite busy these past couple of weeks, with traveling to see my family & decklin's training and meetings - and I'm sorry we didn't see this post until now! Steven's email brought us lots of joy, though :) we can't wait to get them into our home and fill them with our books. thank you all so much for all of your work and love! xoxoxox tina & decklin



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