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Measure twice, cut once

Bella, Hal’s sidekick, is on the job

The studio is getting a remodel

We met Hal wandering through Saturday Market window shopping when we strolled passed his booth, stopping dead in our tracks when we saw his bird houses. Never a finer wood craftsman have we met.

If you have been to our gardens, I’m sure you’ve seen the bird houses that grace every corner of the acre.

Santa Paws and his best girl Abby

When I decided Santa Paws just had to have a sleigh this year, Hal was my first call. He asked me how big and I said about two of his butts wide. He laughed took it from there and the sleigh is made to perfection.

Exposed ceiling

First step, unhide the ceiling

The garage had a drop ceiling that was just this side of horrible and so unsightly. We hired another friend of ours that is a house painter by trade and he pulled the drop ceiling and sealed the boards. I am so in love with the lines of that roof.

Once the ceiling was complete, Hal had the cedar paneling ordered and he and his side kick Bella moved in lock, stock and barrel. Who knew there was a tool for everything?

He said he started on the hardest wall. I really hope the rest of the are easier.

And he’s off

Hal’s talent knows no end. In the past he has shared images of his delightful tiny homes and one day it occurred to me that it really was time for a studio makeover and with any luck, it could resemble the look of one of his tiny homes.

Our house is nestled on an acre of gardens and was built in the mid 50s. I lovingly joke that they built the house one board and one nail as they could afford it, but truth be told, I love our little house. She’s has character and love and we feel her hugs every day.

Looking like a tool shop

True to the house, the garage is not without challenges. A cut-out here to accommodate something that doesn’t make sense, a build out there to cover-up other nonsensical wall pieces parts.

The concentration… this was for a random cut-out piece.

Hal is a master craftsman and takes it all in stride.

I absolutely can’t imagine the mind that it takes to create and build like does. I must admit I admire his craftsmanship.

Bella, always at Hal’s side.

Bella is Hal’s side kick and boy oh boy does she love him. I am looking forward to having both of them around for a couple of days.

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