At Work at our New Very Old Place

 We are spending every day at our in-progress Desideratum Art Studio... building up our stock for the coming season... bringing back many of our favourite designs as well as a few new ones.
 Above are Three new designs we will be adding to our collection this year. 

the Peridot and Silver, a bit closer, $25 pair

 Throughout the fall and winter we have been feverishly working on our old house to make it livable. Here John is trimming to size and squaring up these very old doors we have had in storage and have been carting around for some time now.
 I love the long panels... John had to do some fixing to them before they could be used... trimming to make them even and square, filling in spots where there was damaged wood, changing position of the hinges and cutting out and affixing old porcelain doorknobs, but he did and we managed to save them ....we had 3 of this type.

 We were recently informed by an auctionereer that these two old panel doors appear to be of the Victorian period mid 19th century circa 1850... love to find out information about architecture and historical artifacts!!

 cutting out a lovely smooth spot for the hinges.. John informed me, that this part of the process is called mortising. 

 Good fit. we wished we could have found some antique hinges like we found and put on all the doors of our last house in St. Martins, but they have become more difficult to come across . 

Here John sculpted out the set in spot for the other side of the hinge on a little upstairs closet.the process involved in hanging doors is quite time consuming when done from scratch!!!!

These are a few of the old square nails we removed from the antique doors. I find them beautiful!

 Copper  Goldstone and Sterling Silver Bracelet

 Sterling Silver and Jasper Bracelet

 Black pottery glass, jasper, amethyst and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Zebra Jasper, amethyst, and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Abstractly fused copper and silver rectangles combined with handmade African Bauxite beads... with copper... light and earthy... lots of movement... unusual how the silver formed a "T" in the fusing process completely by happy accident. 2 1/2" total length... one of a kind and only pair like this available... $25.00 pr.
.....if interested please send us an email. we ship asap 
.... background ink drawing of crows from my sketchbook, 

Been a long winter in the middle of New Brunswick... We are ready for Spring. Won't be long now!! 
Cheers everyone!!


^.^ said...

Lovely and magical post as always, friend Gwen ... cat.

Gwen Buchanan said...

So sweet of you Cat! Hoping to pull this old place together again soon, xo

Faye Henry said...

Hello sweet girl! Love when I see a post on your blog..(More my style then FB) smile... You and John kind of energise me when I read your post and look at your lovely pics.. Makes me wish we were younger and more able.. Love all of your handwork and the talent you both display is awesome..
Yeah for Spring! God bless my friend.. xo

Mary Stiles said...

Your work is so beautiful and I love seeing what you are doing in your house. I am thinking you are not that far from where we live in Island view. I feel the same as Faye did, "wish we were younger and more able"...
Hope you stayed warm this weekend and are ready for snow this week. I am so ready for Spring.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh Faye and Mary, you make me blush! I could show you some pictures of this old place that would scare the pants off ya! but I'm trying to forget about them, ha. What a crazy snowy winter!!! Would be nice to see the both of you! Hope the snow melts before it reaches us. Maybe if I stay in the studio with my nose to the bench I won't notice it. xo

Guillaume said...

I'd buy some of that jewellery for my wife if I could.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Guillaume I can send you a catalog if you would like.