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.


Friday, September 11, 2015

A little birdie told me...

I woke up this morning and it
finally feels like fall....
there is a cool breeze coming through
the kitchen window and I can
hear the birds off in the garden as a
lite drizzle falls to the ground.

I want to take a moment to thank
all those fellow artist, friends and family
for the contributions you have made
to my Go Fund Me campaign.
Your encouragement and support are
a real blessing.

I am still hoping to get enough to 
cover the costs of getting to and from my 
first show in November and if possible 
enough supplies to make some wonderful 
new pieces to make their debut at 
the American Artisan Show.

If you would like to contribute to 
this effort any amount would be 
such a gift and much appreciated...
just click on the link above.


I wanted to take a moment and share
some of the new pieces as well as some special
pieces I have made for some of my fellow
artists and friends recently.

A dear friend and a most exceptionally gifted
needlework artist, Tammy Black, ordered
a Heart In Hand Thread Holder & Pin Cushion
about 6-8 weeks ago and she received it 
in the mail yesterday!

"I will cherish this very special piece
with all my heart, it will sit on a table beside my
stitching chair...I'll think of you and
your amazing talent every time I look at it.
So beautiful..."

I am so happy that she is so thrilled with it!!!
If you are a stitcher or simply love good design
I would suggest you check out her work and 
take a moment to read her blog.

Scattered Seed Samplers


A wonderful doll and Santa maker, 
Bonnie Jones, ordered one of my small 
1800's German style sleighs. 
I can't wait to see what glorious Santa
she creates to ride in this sleigh!

If you don't know her work 
you should really look her up on the web!


Another friend, Benjamin William Bradley, makes 
stunningly beautiful cotton batting ornaments.
These treasures are made using vintage materials and
are truly heirloom quality pieces to treasure.

This little treasure is in my collection.

I made some miniature sleighs for Benjamin
so that he can play around and see 
what he comes up with to accompany them.
If these sleighs work then I may
just have to make some more or even create
a custom sleigh just for his use.

The smallest sleigh is 3"l x 1.25" h x 1"w
and the largest sleigh shown is
6"l x 2.5"h x 2"w.


As for the "little birdie"....
well, one of the new pieces I hope to have
ready for the American Artisan Show
is a series of Limited Edition ornaments.

I plan on making 9 different ornaments
and the editions will be limited to 12 of each.

Two of the ornaments will be clip-on birds....
a Dove and a Raven.

I started working on these this week. 
So far  the Dove is chip-carved and assembled. 
I hope to chip-carve and assemble the 
Raven today. By the end of the weekend both
should be painted and ready to photograph.
Then once I have the supplies I can
beging to make the other 7 ornaments.
Once that is done I will start on making all
12 of each design.

Here are some "work-in-progress" photos
for you to enjoy...



I am proud to be among those fine artists 
 website. I would appreciate you taking a 
moment to read my profile and write a comment.

The voting will begin on September 21st.


Thank you for spending some time with me today.
I hope you all have a good day today
and a wonderful weekend. Enjoy yourselves!


  1. Wonderful blog David your work is incredible.....good luck with Voting on Martha....

  2. Your work is superb. I think those birds are going to be really nice...

  3. Thank you for sharing the special "Heart in Hand" pinkeep you made me! You definitely have MY're work is the best! Autumn Blessings, Tammy at Scattered Seed Samplers