It’s Time for the 2016 YBC Challenge!

Tim McCreight - A Constant source of inspiration
Tim McCreight – A Constant source of inspiration

It’s Summer so it’s time to get a move on with this year’s Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s challenge. This year the theme is “Box.” I’ve been thinking about it awhile, looking for inspiration all over. I created a Pinterest Board for inspiration and I found this cool book at work.

The original sketch for my box. Of course it has morphed in the making.
The original sketch for my box. Of course it has morphed in the making. YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK

Of course I can’t make a normal box, mine won’t be square/rectangle. It’s going to be wonky and round-ish. It’s also only going to be about 6″ across. You won’t see the final piece…yet. (Of course it’s not done either!) The final reveal of everyone’s pieces will be at our September Chapter meeting. I hope to see you there!

The main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The bottom for the main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The bottom for the main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The pattern for the next big piece of the box (ignore what it's sitting on - that's just a prop) YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The pattern for the next big piece of the box (ignore what it’s sitting on – that’s just a prop) YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK

YBC Puzzle Challenge Reveal

YBC Puzzle Challenge 2015Monday night we had the big reveal of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s 2015 Puzzle Challenge. It was a diverse array of pieces in wood, metal, fabric, beads, paper, glass, and a wide variety of mixed media. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

YBC Puzzle Challenge 2015a YBC Puzzle Challenge 2015bThere were four categories that we could vote on, and here are the winners:

Best Interpretation of Theme: Paula Lewis We Don’t Match, But We Fit

We Don't Match, But We Fit ©2015 Paula Lewis
We Don’t Match, But We Fit ©2015 Paula Lewis

Most Humorous: Diane Troutman Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil (she has a skull in hers, too!)

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil ©2015 Diane Troutman
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil ©2015 Diane Troutman

Most Challenging: Ann Bocal Tòimhleechan (Gaelic for Puzzle. She spent 465 hours doing the beadwork on this!)

Tòimhleechan ©2015 Ann Bocal
Tòimhleechan ©2015 Ann Bocal

Piece You Most Want to Take Home: Connie Hollenbaugh ?

? ©2015 Connie Hollenbaugh
? ©2015 Connie Hollenbaugh

Though I wasn’t a winner, I am very proud of my piece, now with the crowdsourced name Scavenger.

Scavenger ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, painted wood 18.75
Scavenger ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, painted wood 18.75″h x 8.75″w x 4.5″d

If you want to see all the pieces in person, and maybe even buy one or two, hint, hint, you can find it at the Yellow Breeches Booth at both the Harvest of the Arts Festival and Fall Into Fine Craft shows in Carlisle, PA.

Blood & Sawdust

I came up with that title after sawing, rasping, and just generally poking my fingers while making this project. Plus there was sawdust adhered to my feet from using them as my third and fourth hands ;^)

This is another post about the YBC Challenge, so if you want to be surprised, don’t scroll past this little green guy I saw this morning.

Green GuySeriously, don’t look past this photo of the giant hydrangea bloom that’s as big as my hubby’s head.

HydrangeaOK, Spoiler Alert! You have been triple warned!!

Here is a progression of the work done on the metal portion of my piece:

Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Finished metal portion ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel
Finished metal portion ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel

And now a couple of the wooden backing portion:

Outside/ back pieces of the wooden frame ©2015 WTEK
Outside/ back pieces of the wooden frame ©2015 WTEK
I prepainted the inside bits of the frame and edge of the panel ©2015 WTEK
I prepainted the inside bits of the frame and edge of the panel ©2015 WTEK

I feel obligated to tell you that the black paint I’m using is made from CARBONIZED BONES. That’s right, people, BONES. So it’s really blood, bones, & sawdust, hah!