Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Wood Working Olympics

This may not be of any interest to anyone but me, but as someone who's spent almost all of her horse life living out of her horse trailer or beat up tack trunks in front of rented stalls, this is a highlight.

We knew when we moved here that the workshop/tack room had potential, but like things happen, it fell pretty far down the list of priorities...and nine years later... I wish I'd taken some pictures of "the hole" before we started.

It did have a concrete floor. Sort of. The concrete had been poured by hand years ago and was rough and sloped as this part of the barn was then used for hogs. It fell below grade, water ran through it, tack molded. If you left the doors open to ventilate, the stupid Adventure Chickens came in and threw wild parties. The ceiling sagged, the lights didn't work, you get the picture.



New concrete. New ceiling. New/checked wiring. New insulation. New lights. New paneling. Saint Tim did all that with some help from 20's Uncle John. I did some of the trim work, stained, varnished, complained about the heat, sweating, being thirsty... ;-)



I also designed and built two free standing saddle racks and a whip holder.



Four wall mounted saddle racks.



I had to be talked into this bareback pad and Miss G was right - it's awesome :-).



A bridle rack.



Got carried away and built a rolling tack cleaning cabinet thingy.



These tack hooks have been with me for years. Two work well for cleaning harness.



And finished off (for now ;-) with a cooler/blanket rack. That's supposed to be Handy on this end and Hickory is on the other.



The Trunk Fantastic. This was a neat project. John designed it from looking at several examples on the internet and some input from me. As best I could tell, he did it all in his head. Even the maths. With fractions. He let me hang out and "help" and taught me all sorts of neat wood working tricks that I wished I'd known before I hacked my way through the above projects.



Regardless, I love my tack room :-D.

26 comments:

Alice said...

This wood working endeavor is worthy of a Gold Medal! No wonder you had little energy for the TDF. It is a stunning accomplishment. Add St. to John's name as well. What a talented trio you make. If you put a cot in there, I'd spend the night. Enjoy!!!

Reddunappy said...

OH!!! Jealous!!!
I designed my barn to have a tack room, but I havnt got it yet. All my stuff is in the shed next to the well shed.

Annette said...

That is an amazing tack room! All that beautiful woodwork. I am SO impresses!

Andee said...

Awesome work! In my real life (not my fun blogging life) I do custom millwork. Well I draw stuff and then it gets built. You did a great job and I'm so jealous once again.

small farm girl said...

That's really nice!!!!! Now where are you going to spend all of your time? Wool house or tack room? Hhhhhhhmmmmmmmm.......

Marcy said...

Wow--beautiful! I'm jealous.

Michelle said...

As well you should; it looks fantastic! Clean, organized, spacious . . . and all that handcrafted beauty that you helped create! I've been wondering how you and Hickory are getting along; surely this will be motivation. :-)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Love it too. If you put a cot in there Blossom would make it her home. Looks fantastic, all 3 of you have skills.

Eva said...

That looks so good, and it must be wonderful to be able to have everything organized in one room.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Ooooooo! Cute!
I am jealous!
;)

*hugs*

MarmePurl said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Sheepmom said...

Fantastic job! Worthy of Better Barns and Gardens magazine! I see big sales potential for the horse-head blanket rack. IT's what every horsey girl out there would like in their room for a blanket or quilt. You could individualize it from a photo. Just another thing to do in your spare time.

Doesn't it make you feel good to have your stuff in a clean, bright space??

Benita said...

Nothing like having the perfect spot to store equipment and work in. It looks well-lit, too, which is a blessing!!

So, next is AC, right? :)

Gloria19 said...

I lied. Sorry. It's letting me
comment. Love the tack room. I know
how wonderful it is to have a nice one and yours is just too beautiful.

amyfibre said...

Beautiful!

Someday I'd like to know more about your horse life. I came to your blog through the sheep and fiber, but I gather that you used to compete (?) with the horses. Do you still? Or just ride for fun.

Nancy K. said...

Beautiful! A tack room to be proud of. I wouldn't want to take any dirty pads into it! You and your husband (and John) are quite the team. It sure helps when you can do a major product like this and have it turn out so professionally. Back when I had horses, I would have loved to have a tack room like this...

Good job, my Friend!

Anonymous said...

Geez-o-pete! I wish my livingroom was that clean and organized!
I am very happy for you and impressed by your mad woodworking skilz..!
Peace
K

Lori Skoog said...

Absolutely outrageous and so impressive. All the work you guys put into this project really paid off.
TOP SHELF!

Paige Levandowski said...

Paige will be so jealous when she sees this posting. Absolutely awesome! Her favorite part will be the frig.

Patti

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

It's beautiful and you did a fabulous job. I guess you can add master carpenter to your list of skills now! Come on over anytime - I've got several projects that could use all that skill!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Wow! Fantastic tack room..you could almost live in there..don't tell the chickens! Your custom builds are awesome:)

Peacecat said...

Ok, this is hands down the nicest tack room setup I've seen. I can smell the saddle soap and horsey smell just from gazing at the photos. I love how golden warm the wood and leather are together - and the custom racks are the bomb!!! You've done a great job. How you get anything done in the heat astounds me... good job!!!

linnea said...

Sarah! I'm blown away by your "tackling" (heh), all these woodworking projects so impressively! The gauntlet has been thrown down to Saint Tim - it is now The Tack Room vs. The Boat House. Game on!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!! You keep a ship shape place!! Nice job!! Poor spiders have to hang out elsewhere :-}}

Anonymous said...

Wow, I love your tack room, too.
Debbie B.

Shirley said...

Umm, tack room envy here! Fantastic job.

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