Tramp Art, like quilting, relies on using salvaged materials to create textures and patterns then piecing them together to make beautiful yet utilitarian
objects. While relatively unknown, Tramp Art was a wide-spread form of Folk Art that flourished in America between the 1870's – 1940's.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Enjoying a nice Spring evening after a day of chip-carving

A bit breezy outside but I am sitting here
listening to the birds chirping
and the wind blowing through the tree branches.

I spent the day working on new pieces.
Two Heart shaped Courting/Vanity Mirrors and two
sizes of my Tall Case Clock/Watch Holder.

The inspiration for the mirror came 
from a friends post on Facebook of one of their 
favorite antique pieces...a heart shaped
board that had some sort of seal attached to it.
I have no idea what the original piece
was used for BUT I immediately pictured
a hand held/hangable mirror!

The Original Inspiration


The Art Tramp Heart-Shaped Courting/Vanity Mirror


The Art Tramp Tall Clock/Watch Holder

The last two photos are of the first 
Tall Clock I made which is now in a private collection.
I have changed the structure slightly
in the two newest pieces so that the watch will remain
with the case when the bonnet is removed.

Now I am searching for inexpensive old pocket watches...
working or broken.


Many more pieces are in the works. Two sizes of
an 1800's style German Toy Automobile,
three Ravens (small, large and a NEW style),
three Snowmen (small, medium & large),
several NEW Sewing Boxes, a four drawer chest,
some single drawer boxes, Bible boxes,
some larger boxes using antique seed and
spool boxes as the base, a bank
and two game tables using antique table bases....

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring is here...the snow is melting...the early morning sun is shining through the kitchen window...

and I am sipping my coffee and having some fresh fruit
for breakfast as I hear the snoring of my 
husband and our dog coming from the bedroom...LOL


I am working on several new pieces. 
Printing out my patterns, tracing shapes onto wood
and then cutting everything out by hand.

My work table is covered but soon some exciting
new pieces will emerge!

I am also making a few of my Ravens and have designed
 a new Raven. Also working on a couple of German
Automobiles and a large and small Tall Clock. There will be
some wonderful new Heart-In-Hand pieces and even
a couple of full-size game tables using antique table bases will use a Country Sheraton table base with 
original black paint and the other is a simple Hepplewhite
tappered-leg base in the original apple green paint.


Since I had shared the work in progress photos
with you I thought you might like to see the finished 
Moravian Star and Maggie pieces...


and finally, for those of you who celebrate this holiday
I wish you a very Happy Easter!
Here is the card I designed for my husband
hope it puts a smile on your face...