Along with cutting & grooving the shutter frames while I was away, my carpenter also made a couple of unusual planters — sort of R2D2 look-alikes.
I love the raised legs — allowing me to water & weed without bending — but they also bring the bright flowers up to eye level when sitting on the garden chairs.
In the second planter, he left a grooved section for me to insert glass — of course, what else would I want to put with wood?
I used scrap pieces that I had of two different blues & a couple smaller pieces of yellow. I used a small piece of ½” lead between each piece.
I wanted a bit more of a challenge, so I started on a larger section for another planter. I used larger scrap pieces & created a mosaic design with ¼” leading.
Also, because I really, really didn’t like the dark brown stain from our seemingly-never-empty can, I picked up a semi-transparent wood stain in a lighter ‘honey walnut’.
Although not an ivory or cream, I really like the nice golden tone this stain brings to our simple pine or spruce wood — & the transparency allows knots to show through. I can’t wait to see the colours of the glass & the flowers in the garden pop against this lighter & more natural wood colour.
I’m ready to make the other panel but first, I need lead. So, it’s off to Glass-Smiths I go.