Wooden Padlock

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I love all things keys and padlocks. It really is a weakness of mine. So, when Spence surprised me with this little baby I was completely smitten. Love at first sight, that is what it was between me and this working wooden padlock. I immediately slid the wooden key in place, gave it a little turn, and the latch on my completely wooden padlock unlocked. I snapped the latch back in place and unlocked it several more times just for the delight of it all. I was utterly amazed a padlock could be made entirely out of wood and still have a working shackle.

This little project started when Spence purchased a book. For some odd reason he really likes making things that are not normally meant to be woodcrafted into woodcrafted products, like clocks for example. So when he found this book he immediately started making our first wooden lock and key. The project didn’t take him very long. The inner-workings of the wooden padlock is not all that complex. At least, they were not complex to him. I, on the other hand, still to this day have no idea how it all “really” works. I just know that every time I click the shackle into place I have this immense feeling of satisfaction, and I didn’t even build the thing.

This beauty is in no way practical for locking up your bike or securing your locker at the gym, but it is a great home decor piece and conversation starter. There is nothing quite like having this large wooden padlock in your hands, turning it over, and really reveling in the sheer simplicity. Imagine that, a working wooden padlock with its working wooden key. What could we possible add to our collection next?

Materials: oak

Dimensions: Overall H 8″, Body H 3 3/4″ L 4 1/2″ W 2″


Our Modular Bookcase

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This modular bookcase has been one of my favorite handcrafted additions to our home. Originally the main portion of the bookcase was a standalone piece, then for Christmas at the end of the year came the promise of the two side pieces. Now the set is complete and my much loved books have a lovely, comfortable home.

I first fell in love with the design of a modular bookcase while browsing through Target’s website. There was a lovely, tiered bookshelf that caught my eye almost right away. The wood was dark, the shape was modern and interesting. I wanted it then and there. However, when we saw the bookshelf in person we quickly realized the price tag for this modern bookshelf was beyond our range, especially for a pile of plywood. So the dreams of modular bookcasedom had to be put on the top shelf.

Fast forward about a month and a bit. The modular shelf was being revisited when we made a visit to the hardware store. Spence drew up some designs, we priced out the wood, and found that the project would be surprisingly affordable. Spence could build my bookcase for less, out of better materials, and to match my tastes. Win, win, and win!

So he bought the wood and the rest is history. Our modern, modular bookcase is the focal point of our sitting room and is always being complimented by our guests. This piece not only holds all of my favorite characters, but has character. Love it!