Gold Leaf, new and repair work.
Water Gilding, new and repair.
Faux Finnish, furniture, residential, new and repair.
New items antiqued, old items made to look new….
Chalk paint, Milk paint, Glazes, mixing, matching.
Restoration work, residential, commercial, furniture.
Display stands for art and treasures.
Displays created for trade shows.
Art pieces hung and displayed.
Looking for a gift? Need a series of signs for your business? Need a trophy created? Flip through our gallery, get some ideas, and we’ll create what ever you can dream up……
My Dad taught me how to antique a board, he’s been playing around with it as long as I can remember. He is quite the artist him self. When I was in first grade, I remember he and my Mom took on a project. Dad bought a big metal TV from a motel, and we all know the best TVs come from motels, in 1966….. Out in the drive way, Dad carefully masked off all the most important knobs and buttons. He sprayed it refrigerator white. Then a very young My Mom came out with a arm load of magazines and some siccors. We cut out our (their) favorite pictures and glued them to the white TV, in the drive way, in full view of every one standing on the side walk watching.
I rescue old wood. I start at the bar. You can’t just go to Lowes and buy old wood, so you start at the bar. That’s good advice for about any thing, infact for the next few paragraphs, add “start at the bar” to the beginning. But the bar is a good place to find old wood. You won’t find the wood at the bar, but you’ll meet the guy who has the wood…
Currently I’m working with Indiana Oak and Walnut full 2 inches thick, even a small block is a sturdy object. But these particular boards came out of an old barn my friend Ed owns. He said I could have some boards, so I grabbed my hammer and pry bar and nothing….. See, I’m a 16oz curved claw kind of guy, I own a bigger hammer, but keep it hidden under the tool box. Next time I had a 16lb sledge and a 3 foot pry bar. Yes, the boards came down, 20 penny ringed nails, hold pretty darn good! Now to load them in the truck, grunt, out of the truck, grunt, saw horses, garden hose, brush and soapy water, flip em over, grunt, scrub scrub gurnt. I’m going to guess these boards weigh about 80 pounds each. I’d put one on the bath room scale, but it will never fit down the hallway, but it really puts the grunt into it. You get used to modern lumber, mostly Pine and easy to handle, no these are good old timey slabs of history.
How do I keep from filling my home with hand painted signs? Thankfully friends and family have been helping me out and buying as many as they can, but it’s kind of like when I sold candy for the band camp. I didn’t sell any, I ate it! Mom took thirty dollars right off my tail end. Plus, I wasn’t even in the band! But, I sell signs. Pick from the gallery or send me your vision…… Pricing is like this, simple and easy is less expensive than complicated. I offer small items to fit any budget, but you have to contact me so we can figure it out. I can’t read minds. I’m never going to have a slick web site where you can click to order, nope, you are going to have to contact me…. I also offer “Dip Shit waited till the last minute” pricing, so express is possible.
I do need to ask a favor, please drop me a note at email@example.com, I’d like to hear from every body. Tell me what you like or don’t like. You can help by liking our face book page and sharing with your friends. Here’s another way to look at it, the reverse pyramid scheme…. Each one of my pieces is signed and numbered and I keep records of who and where. You buy a sign, I get the money. In time I will die and that feels like any minute now. But upon my death your art work value will sky rocket and you will be able to get your initial investment plus!!!!! It is an investment in your future. Now you have bought in to dumber plans, but this one is fool proof, guaranteed. Wouldn’t it be cool to have your grand children on Antiques Roadshow with their original Charlie Williams and find out it’s worth a fortune?
Hey, if you get bored and don’t want to read about me scrubbing old boards, there is plenty more to see on this site. Look at the “gallery”, it’s just pictures, no reading…. Or over on the right is a listing of old articles you can read, check out the Mexico story, where Chuck Sun and I rode around Mexico for 50 day’s, it’s completely raw, straight off the fingertips, no editing just stream of consciousnesses. Or scroll down to see what last motivated us. Thanks for looking and we’ll ride soon. Charlie
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