Artistic Expression In Cribbage

 

My grandfather has been playing Cribbage since World War II. The game has been a fixture at the family cottage on Lake Erie way before any grandkids showed up, and has been embraced by all generations since.

My mother has quilted for as long as I have known her, so I have been surrounded if not tucked into her artistic expression all my life.

All these things rub off.

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Blackman Family Championship board. Spruce.

I made the championship board as my first effort in 1991. Many have since followed.

From simple…

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Cutoff From A Baby Crib. White pine.

…to fancy.

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Les Paul. White Pine and Oak. Zebra Wood Highlights.

A special commission for a musician brother in law.

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Using up off cuts of 16″ wide white pine boards.

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Which leaves plenty of room for  more artistic expression:


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The Gatslick family board.

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Whirligig. White Pine. Colored Pencil.

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Sandy & Ralf. Maple.

For my sister Sandy’s wedding I came up with the ‘wedding rings’ design.

These were my first carved letters.

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Meg & Shann. Poplar.

And I quickly delved into the endless possibilities that a large ‘canvas’ offers.

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Amy& Ryan. White Pine.

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Ingrid & Sammy. Poplar.

Source books inspired the letters in this effort for my twin sister’s wedding.

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I was definitely hooked.

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Quinn & Christine. Poplar.

 

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Mary & Jack. White pine. Weathered.

 One of those lucky instances of inspiration gave me the ‘Love to infinity’ theme. One of my favorites.

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Love’s wings.

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Valentines Day for a snowy winter.

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I had been thinking about adding color for a while.

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Elaine & Stuart. White Pine. Milk Paint.

And discovered milk paints.

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Carol & Rudolf. White Pine.

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Carol & Rudolf. White Pine. Milk Paint

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Paula & Pret. White Pine. Milk Paint.

 

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A late summer glimmer of things to come.

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Another precious cutoff.

Crossing tracks. Not everyone’s favorite.

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Erin & George. White Pine.

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Chicago Bay Marketplace. White Pine.

A winters dalliance at the Northwoods Cabin. Thank you CBM for your running water, electricity and internet.

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White Pine with Greenheart, Purpleheart, Holly and Yellow Birch inlay.

Inspired by the design on our wedding rings, by Jeannemarie Schinhofen of Katie’s Jewels in Montpelier, VT.

John and Caroline. Poplar.



One response to “Artistic Expression In Cribbage”

  1. Ingrid David says:

    You do beautiful work. Not only the cribbage boards are fascinating. I am seriously consdering flying you to Germany next year to build our four-poster bed for our new bedroom in the attic, which I hope to have done by then!

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