My box is done!

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amazing what you can fit on a bike trolly

not easy to keep concentration when the barn turns into a zoo...

not easy to keep concentration when the barn turns into a zoo…

beginning of a box

beginning of a box

getting there and getting late...

getting there and getting late…

surprise visitor!

surprise visitor!

lost seagull

lost seagull

Did I do this?!?

Did I do this?!?

Inside, folded down

Inside, folded down

inside folded up

inside folded up

finished box! Wohoo!!

finished box! Wohoo!!

So I decided earlier this year that this would be a wet plate year, no actually, THE wet plate year. I also have a another great big plan but it’s too early to spill the beans… Anywho, I started out building my wet plate box with stuff I had but soon realised that I wanted the box to be long lasting, sturdy and nice looking so I took a bike ride to the wood shop. Bought big boards of plywood and while figuring out how to fasten it to my bike-trolly one of the guys working there stopped and asked if I needed assistance(the perks of being female is sometimes very rewarding). He was nice enough to cut the wood into the measurements I had in my head. I cycled back and started building. Only problem was the plywood was a bit bent but I just worked on feeling and didn’t mind the measurements too much. The chicks came to watch and then suddenly I see movement and look up, there’s a huge seagull there! Almost inside the barn. I followed it around for a while taking pictures and making sure that it wasn’t injured, it could fly so that was not the case, but it was not a bit scared of me or the hens. It got me thinking of the story my 96 year old neighbour told me about the seagull who used to steal peoples underwear from the beach, fly far out and drop them in the sea! I’ve spent most of my time lately working on the box but also clearing another wall in the gallery. Somehow I got that huge kitchen cabinet down and turned upside down, on my own, without being squashed. I do need some storage space so I’m keeping it but it needs a lick of paint and some textile where the doors were. As always when I get into these creative swirls there’s a moment where I stop and look around, thinking -did I create this mess?? My husband having a Frank Zappa-week has helped me heaps, forcing me outdoors. Oh well, tomorrow is the big day, trying out my new box!

One thought on “My box is done!

  1. Fanatastic job! I’m planning to build a box sometime too. I have a tent already (sitting on a table) but id love something sturdy and more ‘ready to go’. I love the hinged platform – I’ll be using that idea for sure! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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