The Doodad

Hey Folks,

I just completed a commission today to build an objet d’art / coat hook for a repeat customer.  A repeat customer is a wonderful compliment and engenders a great feeling of accomplishment.  After all, it means that someone still likes your work enough to order another round even after the initial shine has worn off.

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The project today was a piece of functional art, which for some reason didn’t fit into my usual lexicon so I fell into calling it, the doodad.  The doodad is made of quarter sawn white oak, charred with a torch, then brushed with a corn straw broom.  I rubbed in some finely ground granular aluminum to highlight the raised grain.  The doodad then got a few coats of 2# cut blond shellac.

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The toggling pieces that form the coat hooks pivot on 1/8″ brass rod, and the whole thing hangs on a french cleat.

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I don’t often take commissions because I have so much of my own work to keep up with, but who can resist a request for a second helping?

Cheers,
Tom

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