Watching heavy equipment and picking our treasures of our own (springs, old keys, buttons, washers, etc.) at the scrap yard with Papa while he picks out old, rusty steel which he turns into masterpieces using them for things such as cabinet panels and parts of furniture, along with reclaimed lumber:
One of his mortise and tenoned sideboards with reclaimed lumber, graffiti painted salvaged metal panels, topped with glass.
A mortise and tenoned bed, in progress in the shop, again of reclaimed lumber, salvaged rusty steel panels, aluminum piping and aluminum pins.
I'll try to share better pictures of his work more often, maybe set up a Flickr site for him sometime soon.
Here are the kind of thing the boys and I pull off with random metal scraps and other random shiny things (E's on left, mine on right). Not the best pics here either:
a project in one of our indispensibles, The Incredible Indoor Outdoor Book by Jane Bull which, apparently seems to almost not exist. I found one other person who blogged about the fact that this book doesn't exist anywhere online except as listed at three libraries throughout the country at World Cat, one in Illinois, one in Minnesota, and one in Arkansas. Speaking of which, if you don't know about World Cat, go ahead and bookmark it now. Online catalogs for local libraries are the best things since swiss cheese all right, but this one is the mother of card catalogs, telling you where you can find ANY book, ANYWHERE in the country. Amazing. So, when there's a book I'm looking for that isn't anywhere in the Montana library system, I can almost always find it in the Seattle area and then go find it when I'm there (So. Cool.) that is, unless it's the Incredible Indoor Outdoor Book, by Jane Bull, isbn # 0756617375.