My husband Steven met Paul Anderson through Lucas Boatworks. After discovering a similar interest in woodworking, Steven gave Paul some of the very nice, harvested wood that was my dad's -some cherry and bird's eye maple. There is truly more wood stacked up than Steven can use! Paul is a very prolific and accomplished woodworker; past president of the Florida West Coast Woodworkers Club. He and his wife Lauren asked us to come by their home today and I was truly amazed at Paul's creativity. Visiting their home reminded me of when students would come to my home studio for a class and feel almost overwhelmed by the art I had on display . . . I think it was like that today at Paul and Lauren's because of his stellar craftsmanship and creativity, maybe even more so - but not too much to see. I loved it all!
This is in their entry way . . . in the knot holes are teeny, tiny carved squirrels!
The shelves below as well as the bowls were made by Paul. It's the same shelf in the photo above. The dining table peeking through was also made by Paul. In fact, much of the furniture in their home is hand made by him! A table Paul made with Lauren's help, I believe . . .
Another shelf Paul made, filled with small bowls and containers he made! More bowls by Paul and actually a close up of the bottom shelf . . .
This is an outdoor ornament Paul made of copper and patina. He does not stick just to creating only with wood - he also paints (watercolors, acrylics) and builds remarkable life-like miniatures!
Steven holding one of Paul's exquisite small wooden containers.
This desk Paul made is one of my favorite pieces because of the color of the wood and the beautiful leaf inlay. Behind it is a side table Paul made using some of my father's wood.
Here is a close up of the side table that Paul made using Cherry wood that my father harvested from his land in New Hampshire. He would have been proud of Paul's table.
We saw even more before going to Paul's shop. Yes, he made the drawers & counter arrangement! He definitely has given me inspiration to get my studio unpacked and organized!!
I mentioned that Paul also paints. He did this scene on his shop wall (garage door). He told us,
"See, I have a waterfront view here!" Steven, Paul and Lauren.
Near the end of our fabulous tour (yes, there was even more) Paul said to me, 'Oh, I have something I made for you." He turned and retrieved this wooden plate from the shelf, and handed it to me as he explained to me that he made it from the bird's eye maple Steven gave him, that my dad had harvested & milled in New Hampshire - eventually trucked to Florida. When my dad died last year, Steven inherited many of his tools and a very large pile of beautiful hardwood.
I must say I felt very emotional at that moment and gave Paul a huge hug. * This piece is very special to me. Paul's signature and date carved in to the back of my wooden plate. He has treated the wood so the plate is safe to use for food and I know I will be using it a LOT. Thank you, Paul. Lauren is also very creative and I will need to go visit again to learn more about her jewelry and mosaics. A most inspiring afternoon and refreshing to meet such creative people who live nearby! I am thankful for so many things and people in my life. Thank you for reading, caring and being here!