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Handy Men

Along with enjoying the hell out of our current  Y-A kid’s glass project – I’ve also got to cop to a bit of spousal smugness at my Dan’s talent and willingness at taking on a studio project of this scale in between squinting through P & L statements. But the guy DID once build a glass factory with an old John Deere and a bunch of recycled shipyard steel (see earlier blog post).

So, just as I’m thinking I’ve got a candidate for Husband of the Year on my hands, I find some pics in my emails this AM that look like he’s got some tough competition:


Michele Carter wrote to me from Rohnert Park, California to show off what HER guy helped her do with a bunch of Bullseye packing crates.

“I’d been using saw horses as the base for my butcher-block worktop but they left my little room for storage.”

She went on to describe how she and husband Chris had transformed the crates she had left over from her recent purchases at the Creative Ceramics’ Bullseye sale in Santa Rosa.

“For the glass storage cart we carefully removed one end and each of the slats from the crate (saving the logo on both sides!) and cut the slats down by 10 inches, re-assembled the crate using an air gun nailer.  Then added sturdy casters and cut & sanded hand-holds in the ends. ”


Pretty slick. And those hand-holds are definitely my favorite detail.


Although the “sturdy casters” are pretty tasty too.


For those of you interested in a bit more how-to on the project, Michele adds:

“For my workbench base/supports we disassembled two crates; cut off 6 inches from the slats (thereabouts – we could actually tell that two of the crates were made by a different person than the third crate). And then re-assembled.  For added support we installed a permanent shelf for support, upended them (making sure the Bullseye logo was prominent!) and VOILA!”

Bien sur!

OK,Michele, I’m not willing to concede yet that your dude is handier than my dude, but I can sure understand why you’re smiling! Thanks for sharing.


3 Responses to Handy Men

  1. Michele says:

    He’ll positively GLOW from the praise!
    and another thing…. it’s recycling and re-purposing at it’s best!

  2. Lani says:

    Michele, I totally love that aspect of what you did. That’s also been one of the things I’ve always liked about kiln-work: between frit, vitrigraph stringers, etc., there’s virtually no waste in this medium.

  3. At Vitrum Studio we recycle everything we can and Bullseye crates have been used for a myriad of storage and shelving duties in all areas of the studio.
    When we have extra crates we simply give them out to students, and they return with some very interesting tales about what they made out of them for their studios. I’ll have to start collecting photos of how they use the crates!

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