Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Meet Tin Victoria....

Well....Here She Is!
John's Masterpiece! This is a Wonderful, late 1860's, or Early 1870's Victorian Settee....Walnut...all Hand done....I bought her a few years back...completely stripped of all of her fabric...Her bones were Beautiful.... I told John, how wonderful she would be, covered in tin...{I save old sheets of tin, when I can find them...this tin, was part of an old Grain Bin Floor....} John is a Master, with metal....Every piece is hand cut....hand bent...with very primitive tools... he covered every inch, where fabric would have been...{even the original wood supports, below the arm rest...}then, with old Amana lumber, he created a slight bow, on the seat frame, so it was full...and able to set on....He used a liquid solder, on every seam, so there are no sharp edges.... Then...hand rubbed the tin...so She's smooth as a Baby's Butt! She's a Beauty!!! I'll get better images..... It was 110, outside, this afternoon, with the heat index...we weren't messing around....{these images don't begin to show how Gnarly this Piece is...} 
This truly is a Work of Art...
{click on image to enlarge...it has very cool detail...} 
When Brandon saw it...{house things} I thought his jaw hit the floor...he said he never thought he'd see a piece like this, in a garage, in Iowa...{He knows better....all the Coolest stuff, comes from Iowa....He's living proof!}
I have all sorts of Ideas...swirling in my head....for John's next Project....{and so do a few other folks, who have seen this one....oh dear...}
I have no idea how to price a piece like this...he says, sell it...bills to pay....
The back is all tin covered as well...he still has to solder the seams.... I promised an image, today...so...I'll have a better one, when it's all done...
It is John's Birthday, today... and he spent it...working in a HOT Shop...on Old, Tin Victoria...
What a Man!
{here he is with Scout....standing at the water trough...I gave Scout a bath, this afternoon....he was dripping with sweat....Scout just stood there...as I took buckets of cool water... and slowly ran them over his neck, and back and rump...then just kept brushing him....John was splashing him, too... Then, Scout would go roll in the dirt...then come back for more....it was a hot...hot...day....}
{I snapped this image, in the breeze way, of our house...at 6:30, this eve....WHEW!}

15 comments:

A Wild Thing@Sweet Repose said...

OMG...I'm afraid my jaw looks like Brandons'...what a masterpiece, kudos John and happy birthday too!!!

I'M MELTING...

s

simplyiowa said...

I'll tell him....
I hope you can meet Victoria, someday, in person....Oh Sharon...She's a Soulful Old Gal...
John Truly Worked His Metal Magic...as only He Can Do...WOWZA!!!
Stay Cool My Sweet Friend!
Barb C.

Gatherings said...

Oh Shoot! You just said what I was going to! Woooowza!! Amazing work and Many Happy Birthday's!!!

Gatherings said...

Looks like old worn fabric on the seat!

Kim 'The Hillbilly' said...

Wow. That is so incredibly beautiful... I'm speechless. Stay cool! This Iowa heat is NOT fun to be out working in!

Amy N said...

Tin Victoria is AMAZING!!!!! I hope I get to see her in person before she finds a home. She would certainly be beautiful at Heart of Country.....I'm sure the lady that bought the one you had on the table last time in Nashville would LOVE this one also!!!
Stay cool Darlin'

Amy N said...

John is quite the artist!!! Happy birthday to him!!!

Gracie's Cottage said...

!!!!........speechless....WOW!....what an amazing work of art.
The birthday boy has mad skills.

Jan

simplyiowa said...

THANKS GIRLS!!! WOW!!!
I would..truly like to say..."You Have NO IDEA...How amazing This Old Gal, is...in person...."{and you can take that...to the Bank...}
I am Thrilled by the feedback... The Folks that have e-mailed...and called in person, have made our day... Thank you...
Love to Ya!
Barb C.

vikki said...

~♥OMGoodness...it is lovely! i agree with wanda...looks like a velvety/soft fabric finish! AMAZING!
you should take to ♥ of country! right amy! {r we there yet?} =)
john did a fantabulous job & your idea...whadda pair!
happy b'day to john, too...he has a special day, it woulda been my moms' #79! a very special guardian angel! miss her alot,yet!
hope you are keeping cool, the breeze helped some today! take care & we are soo blessed by Gods' creative kisses!
loveya with many hugs & blessings, vikki♥~

simplyiowa said...

Oh...my Sweet Vikki...we have more in common...than we knew...
Happy Birthday...To our Loved ones....all of 'em...
and...Heart Of Country...is SOOOO on my Mind....I have a Huge Surprise...coming up...on that Event...Very Soon!!!!
Love to You...My Dear!
Barb C.

vikki said...

~♥ya know m'dear friend...it is truly a GOD thing how we are placed together...soo many similiar things...the day you posted about Alma & John, my dads' moms' name, my g'mas' name...Alma...not a very common name at all! you LoVe your mustang sally! i had a '68/'69 robin egg blue, auto on the floor, rag top mustang...dad bought me for $350!{LoVeD that car!} in the early '70's! Bill traded it for a ford pick-up when we were gonna git married...never let him forgit it! =) & the sunbury bank sign, long time ago post, why now i remember? who knows, mebbe the heat or the beer... =) but i grew up on a farm by sunbury & worked at the grocery store {in sunbury}for $1.10 an hour...LoVeD that job! pumped gas, worked in the postoffice, sliced lunch meat, stocked shelves, went to backroom for the nuts & bolts, hardware...put the compound on the wood floors at nite to make the floors shine. too fun! hated to see the bank git destroyed by vandals, but am soo glad John got the sunbury bank sign...OMGoodness......isn't this journey something m'dear? loveya with many hugs & blessings xoxo ♥vikki♥~

simplyiowa said...

Wow!....
I knew we Clicked for a Reason...a MUSTANG GIRL!!!!and ou dig Rock and Roll! The Bank front, is Mark's ...he took it down....wish I could buy it from him....it's in a pile, behind his shop....I don't know if it can be saved....{what am I saying....John could do something great with it!}
I Love Ya Vikki! You are truly an Angel!
Barb C.
a very cool Angel!

vikki said...

~♥ooops,,,shoulda back tracked on posts on sunbury sign...mebbe it is to be johns! =) {musta been the heat & beer} =) remembered the post about it, tho...
yep, gimme rockn'roll♥
love. almost all music, tho... got the 'lil stereo we had upstairs in tv armoire, put it in my art room downstairs...yah baby, crank it up!
take care sweetie~
loveya m'earth angel with many hugs & blessings, ♥vikki♥~ xoxo

Cori G. said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! He did a truly amazing job and it's beautiful!!!! Who would have thought to do such a thing to such a gorgeous old piece...well, you did and you are BriLLiAnT!!!!

Oh, that's a renaissance revival piece...cartouche at top carved fruit...very sweet ;-)

♥ Cori