Congratulations to July’s “Maker of the Month”, Valerie Longshore!
Here’s the story of Valerie’s creation in her own words:
“The lumber was from a friend’s barn that was being torn down. It was built by her grandfather more than 70 years ago and from the timbers found on their land. The board that I used was actually 1” x 12” x 14’. From the 1 board, I was able to make 2 shelves.”
“The window guards are from a house that was being torn down in a nearby town. A picking friend saved them for me. I loved that they were adjustable in height. I ended up cutting them down to the correct width for the shelves.
The lumber was cleaned and lightly sanded to bring out the grain and the saw marks. Again, the bars were cut to width and welded at a particular height. I welded angle iron so the boards would have somewhere to rest and be adhered to the frame.
I was going to let the shelf just sit on the ground but it looked weird. I ended up adding hand-made hairpin legs to give them a finished look and a little more height. Voilà!”
By day I teach theatre at a local high school. In the evenings and on weekends, I can be found in my shop. Personally, I love the connection to the past. Sometimes items remind me of personal memories or the give me some direct link to something or someone from the past. I also love how things from the past are better built.
I started out making pieces for my house. I saw pieces in stores and thought, “I can do that.” From there, I made commissioned pieces, then I branched out to local markets. Now, I have a booth in a local vintage store. My dream is to have my own store with other unique artisans.
Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship with us and the rest of the world, Valerie. Enjoy your new KEEN Utility boots!