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    Friday
    Aug082014

    Lee's Summit Educational Foundation wall display and graphics

    One of this year's projects was the design, fabrication and installation of this interpretive display for the Lee's Summit Educational Foundation. Wall graphics, mounted displays and a metal sculptural logo were key ingredients. The display is installed in the lobby of the Stansberry Leadership Center. Thank you to the Foundation, Sheryl Franke and many others who made this project a reality.

    The display covers the end cap of a staircase. The Foundation logo is cut from metal and mounted to the wall using offsets to add dimension to the display. LED lighting help show off the graphics.

    Graphics display the names of donor. These are removable, so they can be updated annually.

    The wall space offers an opportunity to show visitors what the Foundation does for the school district and community.

    A large vinyl wall covering is applied to the background of the display. Black aluminum edges help frame the permanent display.

    Wednesday
    Jul232014

    Colorful Little Free Library at the Ellen Noel Art Museum

    What a weekend! I was very pleased to finally install the latest Little Free Library to come out of Fossil Forge. This Library has a new home at the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, Tex. The Library is covered with colorful bugs and spiders. It is made completely of steel and is tough and durable. A beautiful hand-painted finish will attract book lovers for years to come.

    The Library is placed in the garden courtyard of the museum.

    A colorful spider dangles from a chain. Glass eyes reflect the sun.

    A shiny black ant scales the left side of the Library.

    On top, a praying mantis and ladybug watch over the garden.

    The Library is the perfect height for all ages.

    A door opens to reveal the spacious interior...room for lots of books!

    This Library is sponsored by the Junior League of Odessa, Tex.

    The bright sun shows off the many colors of the Library.

    The brick courtyard garden is a pleasant place to pick a book and relax.

    Tuesday
    Jun032014

    Copper Italy wall sculpture

    This was such an enjoyable project! I was asked to create a copper relief map of Italy and its islands. This piece is made from copper sheet with a Rojo finish. The terrain of Italy was embossed by hand. Once finished, the copper sheet was attached to a backing board for rigidity. Plus, this added extra depth to the wall hanging. The sculpture is approx. 36 inches tall by 20 inches wide. Thank you, Barbara!

    I used assorted wooden clay tools to press the mountains and hills into the copper.

     

    Sunday
    Jun012014

    Little Free Library for Longview Farm Elementary

    Another Little Free Library is open for book sharing! This book barn is located on the grounds of Longview Farm Elementary in Lee's Summit, Mo. The school kids helped come up with the design of this library. They requested a barn, which is what their school is designed around. Longview Farm Elementary is built around a beautifully restored show horse barn.

    A bright red paint job helps the Little Free Library really stand out.

    This Library is located in New Longview, a walkable neighborhood with houses close together, front porches and lots of sidewalks.

    The Library is right outside the school door, offering easy access to books for people of all ages.

    The weathervane on top of the Library is the school's logo of a show horse.

    A interior of the Library is fully weatherproof and ready for books and other items. The Library has dividers to mimic horse stalls. Also, a hidden hay loft is inside, too.

    The entire Library is made from steel and coated with durable enamel paint. These sturdy structures are long-lasting and will hold up in every environment.

    Sunday
    Jun012014

    Metal deck posts are perfect

    I just finished a series of five deck posts. These posts stand tall, over 5 feet, and are outfitted with loops to hang flowers, lanterns or whatever you like. The top ring is a perfect place to string party light. Each of the posts are powdercoated a rich light brown. The posts attach to existing wood deck posts. These posts make a great addition to your deck living.