Working Big


I am working on a large piece - over five feet tall. Composed of two wooden specimen trays, the picture shows how these trays, each almost three feet tall, will have a frame attached on the back (the image shows only one and a half trays). I didn't think the trays could support all of the weight so I thought I needed a frame to support this oversized work. These two trays will also need to support all of the heavy parts that will be affixed to them and the frame will be modular so this can be transported in two pieces (and structurally, I am not sure this is a smart idea).


I usually have a pretty clear idea of what I want to do but not always an clear idea of how to do it. The first frame I made with the generous help of my friend Rande, turned out not to be thick enough to support all of the weight of this piece. This new frame is twice as thick and was put together with the help of another friend Dave. Will this hold? How will the piece turn out? I have no idea. I still have to make sure the parts chosen work together, to figure out how to attach these parts to the frame, stain all of the parts as well as glue and bolt all of the parts into place. All while not losing sight of what I had originally envisioned. And hanging, did I mention hanging? How am I going to even hang this?

Recent Posts

See All

Moonrise

This Foundling has not been put together yet. The parts are only laying in place to see if this piece is indeed working. I have had this delicate wooden frame for years but scared to use it. The frame

Different Challenges

I am still revisiting work that I have not been completely happy with. It is such a different way of working and yet so similar—not unlike switching from watercolor to oil painting. The basic idea is

Bird's Eye View

I have often commented on maintaining a fresh perspective when creating Foundlings as it is so easy to get lost in the process. Usually a change in my perspective helps. Waiting a day or two enables m