Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Roosters and Hens - Wooden Poultry!
I bought these yard roosters and hens from an estate sale months ago. I promised the daughter of the man who had made stacks of various wooden animals and people I would treat them with dignity. I ended up taking home seven chickens and several little Dutch garden girls. I wish now I had taken the little skunks, too.
So now they are art pieces to be displayed inside. It did not take much.
The man was a pretty good wood worker, but the paint job was a bit garish for me.
In the photo you can see the the left ones have been sanded and the right ones are in the original paint job.
This is dunnage. It is scrap wood in various lengths used for home improvement stores to stack the lumber shipments.
You can find it in the back of the store - usually in the free pile. One of the big boxes makes you pay $1 for a length of it.
It has been routed down the middle of one side. It makes for perfect bases if you are not picky about appearance.
Chucks cut up three lengths, and I have this whole pile plus a few more pieces.
I measured my chickens and made sure the bases were long enough for support. The chickens already had metal stakes.
Notice I did sand these wood pieces smooth. Then I painted them with Kelly Green Folkart paint.
It looked grassy.
Out came the stamps and the Archival ink to stamp "poultry" on one side of the bases.
My favorite number is nine - just because.
So I stamped "NO. 9" on the opposite side.
Then holding each chicken to its base I marked where the stake would need a hole.
Then drilled the hole.
Some chickens needed two holes for two stakes.
A liitle more tricky as one of the holes had to drill at an angle.
Once I had used E6000 to adhere the metal stakes to the bases, I realized that the kelly green was too bright and some distressing was in order.
As it has rained over five inches here in the last several days, sanding was out of the question.
My house is already full of mud and sand from the animals running in and out. I do not need sawdust, too!
I took out some Folkart linen paint and faked it.
Yes, I faked it. Even my husband was fooled and said it looked just like I sanded it!
(Please no jokes about my husband!)
(I am just kidding - make all the jokes you want!)
The roosters and the hens make a cute display in the dining room, but they have made the trip over to the booth.
There was a lot of clucking about them as they rode in the cart from car to booth.
I know at least one hen has found a new home.
There seems to be some gossiping going on between the roosters and the hens.
I guess it involves faking it.
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