Thao (my eldest son who passed away in 2012) and best friend Jack. He absolutely loved animals of all kinds and Jack was his definitely his favorite and there's no doubt that Thao was Jack's favorite too. They slept together, ate together, ran together, and were usually in trouble together. If ever I've seen loyalty from a pet to his master it was here in this relationship. Jack passed away earlier this summer so it's to the two that I dedicate this piece.
If you really liked animals as much as he did then you would naturally also love any place that would be considered a home for animals. Thao saved every little bit of money that he ever got for his birthday or for his chores and wanted to spend it on a barn someday. He loved it when we drove down the country roads as he saw every old barn we passed and made sure that we saw them too. The mirror frame is from a piece of barn siding from a barn that was in Ridge Farm, Illinois. It has been mitered and biscuit jointed to provide a strong joint. The inlay in the back of the mirror is cut from Sycamore, Figured Aspen Pine, Mahogany, and Macassar Ebony veneers.
- Barnwood siding from a barn that stood in Ridge Farm Illinois built in the early 1900's
- Mitred and biscuit jointed to provide strong joints
- Reused, reclaimed mirror to add to the antique touch
- Wood veneers create the marquetry background; Sycamore, Aspen Pine, Mahogany, Macassar Ebony
Marquetry finished with Conversion Varnish and inlaid into the back of the mirror.