Saturday, 3 January 2015

Household things made of wood

When Retireewannabe\ ( ( wrote on the 31 Dec about her wooden ironing board repairs I was reminded about my father's handy-work back in the late 1950's and early 1960s.  He was a Barry Bucknell fan (the very first TV DIY man) and our house not only had a wooden ironing board, but a wooden clothes horse, handmade kitchen, cupboards built into alcoves, a rocking duck (yes, duck, not horse - must find that photo!), and a stool with built in potty for my little brother.  At one stage he was much beloved infants school caretaker whose skills in building stuff was welcomed.

My husband is much the same - building furniture, sheds and flower planters. They never met but I am sure they would have been great pals.

I never forgave my father for sending me on a BUS across town to collect a 6 ft by 4 ft panel of hardboard when I was about 12. My husband made out first born a trailer for his first tricycle - we used to send the 3 year old down the 150 ft garden to get the fire wood and haul it home!!  Don't think we have been forgiven yet either!!


  1. My father was the same. He was always fixing, building and mending right up into his seventies. In his eighties he took a supervisory role. So many things can't be mended these days because the material they're made from is inferior. It's great having a handy hubby.

  2. Yep, its good to have handy hubbies but I have to handle my requests now as he is threatening to teach me stuff!



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