Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Guild Show

We're off to the IGMA Guild Show 2010 in Teaneck, New Jersey.

For show hours, directions and other info, click on the link under my picture at the right.

Hope to see you there - it's going to be a great show!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lyttleford Cottage

Just in time for IGMA!  A small half-timber house with a cozy interior.

I couldn't quite decide on a name, so finally settled on Lyttleford Cottage, after the imaginary town I invented as a home for my mini English houses and shops.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Victorian Cottage

This is something I'd been wanting to make for some time - a small Victorian cottage with board and batten siding. It turned out to be a lot more time consuming than I had anticipated.  One reason was that instead of using commercial scale siding with the battens (the narrow vertical boards) milled in, I decided to put them on individually. Figuring the spacing was a bit challenging, but I'm happy with the result.

The cottage is in the "Gothic Revival" style popular in this country from roughly the 1830's through the 1860's The steeply pitched roof, fancy trim on the gable ends and the board and batten siding are all typical of this style, which is also called "Carpenter Gothic."

The wonderful shake shingles (which I also used on the Garden Cottage that I'm teaching in Castine) are no longer being made, so I am hoarding them, and only use them when nothing else looks quite right.

The interior has a sitting room and bedroom.