I write. He makes.
I am probably going to embarrass Mr. Gordon, but I am going to let you in on a few secrets.
He is an artist and a maker. And he’s really good.
He can draw and paint. He’s such a talented sculptor. (I’ve been encouraging him to start again!) Just look at this clay model he sculpted.
He’s composed an ambient space music album (affiliate link). He wrote songs in several genres “for fun.” He named a song after me. It’s called Tracy Hates Surf. It’s a surf song. 😉
It’s the background music for this video. And yes, that’s Mr. Gordon on guitar.
He’s got a lovely singing voice. (I don’t.) But he likes it when I sing with him. (You should hear me belt out the choruses to Rank Stranger.) 😉
Around the Ol’ Homestead
Mr. Gordon builds things (and I benefit). Of course, you’ve seen the coop he (with some help from me, I might add), built last year.
But this is what I wanted to share in this post – his latest project: a potato-onion bin for our kitchen. This is the “prototype” – the first photos are before the custom knobs arrived.
He built the bin with pine wood and used peg board for the back wall to help keep good airflow. The doors have hardware cloth on the front – again, to promote airflow. The two bottom drawers tip open. The top storage compartment is flat so I can also store a basket in it (like a basket full of shallots).
Mr. Gordon is considering producing a selection of potato-onion bins to sell at some point. Online? In person? He’s kicking around some ideas and venues. He’s already made notes on what he’ll do differently. In the meantime, I finally got a bin for the kitchen! 😀 And I love it!
One of the reasons why I wanted to post this – other than to celebrate my awesome husband – is to talk about starting projects and allowing for time to pause in finishing them if you need to move on to something else. It’s a balance.
For example, we know we need a root cellar. Mr. Gordon started that project in July 2019. (Root cellar videos: part 1 and part 2.) Is it done? No. It’s not something we require right now. That’s the beauty of taking your time on a project when you can. You can start something, move on to other things if they need to be completed first (like the coop), and return as the necessity increases.
I asked Mr. Gordon for an update. He agreed to post another video!
What Building / Making Are You Doing?
I’d love to hear about your projects! Drop a note in a comment below and fill us in!
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