Barn Wood Art

In 2010, Jim and I were given three barns to tear down northeast of Tecumseh, Nebraska where we live. Jim designed an apparatus for our wood shop that allows us to router out a piece of the barn wood to create a new canvas, while keeping a portion of the barn wood's old patina in tact. Once the piece has been refashioned, it comes into the studio, where I try to work with the heart wood, graining, and knots that are already present to design a picture to be wood burned onto the piece. These are just a few of the designs that I've incorporated. The mallard is a close up. The original mallard and wolf were patterned after designs from a book by Lora Irish on wood burning. However the surrounding water reeds, shore lines, etc., are patterned after pictures I've taken. The owl was a picture in a magazine that I fell in love with. In every case, the wood somewhat speaks about it's life thus far and how it has weathered by the designs it already displays. It's my job, then, to find just the right picture to match the individual piece of old barn wood. We can authenticate that the barn wood we are currently using is from a barn that was built in 1905 by a farmer named Miner. Luckily, he signed and dated the barn. We often have people asking to commission a piece for a gift. We can work with you to complete a design that will fit your desired effect.

Dimensions: The dimensions vary for each piece.

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