When David was still working a full-time job AND getting ready for festivals, there always came a time we called "Box Time". This was a dreaded time of year about a month before our biggest festival. There would be paper EVERYWHERE. Not to mention rubber bands, Mod Podge and often, a very tired artist who would sometimes lie on the kitchen counter out of exhaustion and frustration. Box time has gotten more streamlined, but the basic process remains the same. It starts with this:
Actually, it starts before this with collecting the wood (some is from barns, some from flooring jobs he did, some is given to him). Then the day or more spent outside with a table saw, a planer, a sander...this is my least favorite part ever since The Table Saw Incident that resulted in a trip to the ER, emergency surgery, weeks of recovery and a near loss of a finger. Yes, there are photos, but I won't subject you to that. I think they're on the Twentyheads Instagram so....
Anyway, the wood is cut and sanded and glued together, held with rubber bands until they look like the last photo.
Images come from old magazines, like National Geographic or any other magazine that is image heavy. Or maybe comic books from McKay, or from friends or just from the comic book store. Some are from old library books. Our library has a huge book sale twice a year and David comes home with boxes.
Images are chosen and trimmed. We've set up a new work space recently so this part is all contained. It used to be done in the living room and let me just say....paper. Lots of paper. Everywhere.
The paper is loosely laid in the boxes in batches. Most things are done for the boxes in batches for efficiency, unless there is a specific image needed for a certain box, like for a commission, etc. Then the gluing process starts. This is actually the only part of the process I have ever helped with, other than back in the beginning when the boxes were painted. There is thought and creativity given to every step of the pieces, which is truly incredible to a non-artist type like myself. But I can glue, so I have done that a few times.
So, there are boxes full of boxes. Waiting for their assigned heads and titles. That's a whole other long post. We aren't quite there yet in the process. We have a festival coming up (Hello, Tomato Fest!) so when the boxing up begins, I'll make a post showing the final step.
Thanks for reading~~