Lemonde from Lemons #1: Patron and Me

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Blog entry by Mary Anne posted 08-11-2011 11:51 PM 2845 reads 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Most of you know of David’s (Patron) story of his truck breaking down in Indiana on his way east. And several of you have kindly advised me along the way with my four-year long hot tub room addition disaster story.

Well, since David was sort of in the neighborhood—less than a day’s drive away—in Virginia and considering dropping in for a visit anyway, it felt like a good time to make some lemonade out of the lemons life had handed both of us. I contacted David with a job offer to finish the ceiling in my hot tub room. David could make some money, and my room could certainly benefit from his years of experience, expertise, and artistry. Lemonade for two! And don’t forget the bonus of two LJs sharing some quality shop time.

Here is David at the beginning after putting in sleepers to even out the ceiling planes.

The original plan was for the T&G in the ceiling to go in horizontally like the walls. However, the contractor I hired to do the framing did a less than stellar job and things were so far out of whack there was no way to match the board ends. We spent a couple of days discussing ideas and drawing pictures. Finally, I asked if we could do mountains. David said we could not only do mountains, we could do my mountains, or at least some of the major peaks that can be seen from my deck. Oh yeah, that would be sweet!

Here is the view:

And here are a couple of progress photos:

Grandfather Mountain and Hawk’s Bill are easily identifiable and, with a little imagination, you can see Sugar and Beech Mountains.

Here you can see the “sunbeams” starting to fall on the mountain tops

David is planning on doing a detailed blog when he gets home (he left yesterday) about the jigs and ingenious methods he used for pulling this all together.

So now y’all know where David I have been for the past month. :)

Stay tuned for more in the next exciting chapter. There is much more to come!

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 12:03 AM

That is such a great story… can’t wait for the next chapter…

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 12:09 AM

What a neat idea! Creativity strikes again. Nice work, Mary Anne. Can’t wait to see it finished off. It’s going to be beautiful.


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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 12:14 AM

Thanks for sharing. This is a really cool story.
Of course David’s work is outstanding—it always is.

Thanks Mary Anne!


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#4 posted 08-12-2011 12:17 AM

wow Mary Anne…....that is so cool… glad to see your work getting done and glad you had a great time, cant wait to see your ceiling come to a grand end , and as you lay in your tub, and look at the mountains that so gracefully landscape your back yard…it will be a soaking that cant be gotten anywhere else…...hope we dont have to wait for too long to see the finished project….grizz

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#5 posted 08-12-2011 12:22 AM

teamwork at its best – two LumberJocks and Mother Nature :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 08-12-2011 12:46 AM

That is a wonderful work David and a great idea Mary Anne.
He does awesome work and art.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 08-12-2011 12:49 AM

Mary Anne,

I am so anxious to see your ceiling! I am sure if David helped you it will be outstanding!! This is a very inovative project!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 08-12-2011 12:59 AM

This sounds like a great project! I look forward to yours and David’s blogs!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 08-12-2011 01:31 AM

I am totally jealous. That is so cool.

Good for you guys,
Say hi to David,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 08-12-2011 01:57 AM

What an incredible solution to the problem! You made more than lemonade! You made lemon pie, lemon bars, and lemon cake too!!

This is such a pretty accent to the beautiful natural view! What a treat for both of you! Thanks for sharing such a great story. I can’t wait to see David’s blog too.

Take care, Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 08-12-2011 02:23 AM

That so cool and such a neat story of two LJ’s working together on a problem solving project like that.
I can’t wait to see his blog on the process!

Thanks for posting…...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 08-12-2011 02:26 AM

thank´s for sharing Mary Anne :-)
I look forward to the net installment of this ceilling
great to hear you both got good times , i´m sure you got alot of good advises from David too
to use in your shop for future project´s :-)

that wiew looks very nice for a flatland man… I even think I cuold forget I can´t hights anylonger :-)

take care and enjoy your hot tup

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#13 posted 08-12-2011 02:27 AM

Ingenious! This has to be the creative endeavor of the decade! I cannot imagine how you managed to duplicate your own view on the ceiling!
David and Mary Anne, my hat goes off to you both!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Mary Anne

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#14 posted 08-12-2011 02:52 AM

David did an awesome job! This is only the beginning.

I’ll post more project pictures tomorrow. The completed mountains and sunbeams are incredible. Then there is the very top-center. You’re gonna love it!!

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