Rob Gorrell - Folk Artist

I am once again accepting orders to be made in my new shop.


>An update on the rustic garden.

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>Well it is hotter than .....well it's damn hot. I don't know if the little rustic garden is going to survive the heat wave so I thought I would post a couple photos of how it is working out at the moment. We have been trying to change our yard from something you just mow and weed into a more productive food source. Back in the spring I build a group of willow supports for veggies and reused some containers and a rusted wheel barrow for lettuce and herbs. We have been eating a lot of lettuce so far. The tomatoes are coming on along with summer squash and cucumbers. The green beans didn't make it. Time will tell on the winter squash.

The main problem now is getting enough water to the plants. Everything is baking on the driveway in this heat and I have been watering some stuff twice a day.

The willow structure is working pretty good. The squash is really climbing. I was inspired to try to build some sort of overhead arbor by the extensive gardens at Chenonceau in France. The gardens there are HUGE. They made extensive use of rustic trellises and arbors. I don't think my plants will ever do as well as theirs.

>Big changes on Rob's websites.

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>Hi. I have been wanting to update my domain name and website for a long time now and finally did it. After years of using even though I don't really feature that many chairs anymore, I switched to I think the new website is simpler and easier to navigate.

This morning I noticed that the slide shows are not linked right so I will have to fix that soon. In the future I plan to add new items to the store and add some feature pages. I still need to rebuild the links page also.

If you go to you will be redirected to the new site by clicking on the images.

>It's time for a garden party, rustic style.

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>The other night we had some of our friends over for a casual dinner in the garden. Shelley set a nice table under the dogwood tree and we put the jazz channel on the radio and we were set. It seems like we have to have company to get ourselves to quit working on the garden and just enjoy it. Does that happen to you? you can't really tell from the photos but we have been working for the past few seasons to convert more of our property into food producing space. We have replaced box woods with blueberries and a pathway with a variety of raspberries and blackberries. I guess we are becoming part of the urban farming movement on a very small scale.

We found that there was not enough light in the back yard for vegetables and moved them onto the driveway, which gave me another rustic project to build. I made these tripods from local willow.I guess I really don't have a point to make, just wanted to show off my herbs before they blister in the heat and croak on me.

>A few new rustic garden projects

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>The rain has finally stopped and we are deep into our garden and yard projects. I thought I would post these to show why I haven't been posting much tramp art lately.

I have been trying to grow vegetables for a few seasons in our back yard. Most of it turns out to be too shady for many veggies. But we have found that we can grow strawberries and blueberries really well.
This year we added some more berries and I needed to build a new bird screen over the plot. This is what we came up with. The previous cover was made from willow twigs which kept snagging the bird screening when we tried to open the side to pick berries. This rustic cage is made in such a way that we can roll up the sides to pick fresh blueberries and still have a nice open feel to the area.

We decided to move the vegetables to the driveway since it gets full sun most of the time. Of course this meant that everything had to go into containers. This gave us a great opportunity to have some fun with rustic and salvaged materials for our garden. Time will tell how well this will work. In the coming days I will be building a rustic trellis over our tomatoes and squash that will be inspired by the gardens of Chenonceau France.

And finally, Shelley reworked the rustic tin and wood Celtic cross that I made last summer. She whitewashed the old tin and created a new shrine area in a shady corner of the yard.

>Bucket of old brushes.

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>When I was a teenager at the end of the 70's I started jurying into craft shows with pine furniture. At the time I would see artists with containers of really beat up brushes on their work tables. I wondered where they got them in such shape.

Over the years I continued to see these containers in magazine articles about artists. In fact it seemed to be some sort of obligatory item to have. So where did they get them...?

Now, more than 2o years later I have noticed something in our shop. This bucket holds some of our favorite brushes that we have been using for years.

So that is how it happens I guess.

I feel old.

Do you have a favorite bucket of brushes? Send me a picture and maybe I can post a collection.

>Getting ready for cool weather.

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>It is the time of year to clean up around the yard and shop and get ready for cool weather. In addition to getting new pieces ready for my show at the Wheeling Artisan Center in November, I have been working on adding a metal working area to the shop. I have always wanted to have an area dedicated for welding and torch work, along with some basic blacksmithing and tinwork.

Soon the evening will be dark and cool and I will want to hole up in the shop and make stuff for the evening. Between now and then I will be away from the shop for a few weeks. I should be back to building new stuff and posting pics here at the end of September.


>A new project underway.

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>I am going to be one of a few artists featured in a Spring Quarter Art Show at Washington State Community College in Marietta Ohio this spring. I am excited to be included in the exhibit and am trying to get some new work ready to show. One new item that I will be posting photos of soon is a tramp art pie safe. A few years ago I built a primitive pie safe with an antique stained glass door. The door came from Great Stuff by Paul in Frederick Md. I have decided to repurpose the cupboard and turn it into a tramp art cupboard. It is about 1/4 of the way finished at this point. This weekend I plan to take some in-progress photos and post them here.

Also, it is about time to start a few outdoor rustic projects in the yard that I plan to feature on here.