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INVENTING LIFE

 

HOUSE DESIGNS - 1980 & 2010

HOME BUILDING

Linda and I  designed our first home together and I drew all the plans using Chief Architect an architectural software package used for making building estimates and blueprints. We built our home in 1992 and added a barn for our horses and goats. We had a great friend Steve Mailoux do all the framing and Linda and I laid the floors, built the kitchen, put in the radiant floor heat, tiled the floors, mudded and tapped with friends and painted the entire house. I framed and built the back decks and prepped all the land while Linda with her green thumb planted every tree flower and blade of grass you see in all these pictures below! In 2004 I designed and built a second home for my mom. In 2014 we added the back gardens, greenhouse and pool to our main house. We dug the hole, and put in the pool, planted the trees and managed to put together a greenhouse from Belgium with only Dutch instructions, a couple of pictures and about 12,000 nuts and bolts. 

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BUILDING OTHER THINGS - PAPER MACHE'

Over the years Linda and I have made our Xmas gifts for our friends. I have a workshop in my basement and occasionally like to build stuff down there. And some of the things we have made are not worth showing haha as they are pretty stupid but below are several things that we have made together that are really unique and we decided to share them with you. The first two below are made out of Paper Mache, balsa wood and sculpty clay and anything else we could find around the house to make a statement. The first one is of my Father and Mother. Maggie of Course was this dynamo that did everything all at once and produced some many things in her life that I decided to make her sitting at her paint studio desk painting a picture, hooking a rug with her toes and making a quilt all at the same time haha. And my dad was a cinematographer who made commercials and movies and was always behind a camera filming everything.

This next one was more of a self portrait of Linda and I. I built this Piano out of cardboard and then sculpted both of us out of paper mache. Linda then made all the clothes and painted everything. We are a great team that way, we come up with a concept and then I build it all and she does the fine detail stuff.  

CLAY & BALSA WOOD

My father had built this Cubby Hole Hutch many years ago and it has been in our family forever. So we decided to make a smaller version and using clay and balsa wood we built a replica of it and filled each cubby hole with similar items that my mom used to have in the real one. I also added a small lamp on the side that had a plug that would turn a small light in the lamp on.   You can see this on the top shelf of the real one.

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VACATION IN A BOX - BALSA WOOD, CLAY, RUBBER BANDS

We created Vacation in a Box when we were trying to make a gift for two very special friends. We had found out that they were going to do a long trip all over the world and we wanted to make something for them as a going away present. The Little Box on the left below was the first Vacation in a Box we made. A simple crank on the side rotated a dowel coming up the center of the box with a rubber band wrapped around the two. I than used clay and made the insides attached to this center rotating spoke and Linda hand painted everything inside.
 

The Box on the right above was the second Vacation in a Box we made . More of a Circus In a Box. I started to try and get more things moving on top of the box in different directions. Once again I built the box with wood and clay and used dowels and rubber bands and a complex dowel mounting inside to connect the things that move on top.

 

OTHER VACATIONS IN A BOX, DRUMMER IN A BOX & AIRSHOW IN A BOX

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