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In praise of husbands

July 14th, 2008 (09:58 pm)

where i am: hanging with the old farts (Dempsey & Flurry)
how i am: impressed
accompanied by: the oscillating fan

As promised to

moondropz a week or so ago, here finally are some photos of my hubby's creation, aka The Gate.


Thanks to Boomer's athleticism and having freakin' springs for legs, about a decade ago we had to switch our fencing from 5 feet chain-link to 7 feet wooden privacy along the front line of our backyard. Fortunately, the rest of the yard could stay 5 feet (privacy) because Boomer had never shown any inclination to jump anywhere else. The gate was pretty traditional in appearance, had lattice-work running along the top to make it a little more attractive (you can get a glimpse of what that had looked like in the above shot) but the spousal unit recently decided he wanted to widen it -- to more than double its previous size. The intent being to get our utlity trailer back to the shed if we wanted to plus, in future, to get a small backhoe or skidsteer into the yard so he could do some grading and foundation work on our leaks-like-the-Titanic sieve-like foundation. 

So, he took down some of the fencing and built a double gate. Practical as all get out but the appearance left a little to be desired. Envision a combo of barn door and fortress. Hubby concluded windows were in order and, because he's pretty handy with a torch, decided that he'd make 'em out of steel. Problem was, metal bars would make it look even more like a prison, therefore some further creativity was in order.

I don't think I'm being biased when I say the results are gorgeous. Here are a few more detailed shots of his handiwork (clickety-click to enlarge):

Above: The hummingbird side, shown at a bit of an angle to emphasize the relief/texture. 

Above: The spider web side and then an even closer view of it below...

Does anyone recognize what the spider's legs are made out of?

So, here you have it... my one-of-a-kind gate. I'm damn impressed and even a little proud *g*.

Now, if only I could get him to refill the dogs' water bowls when they're empty or put dishes in the dishwasher instead of the goddamn sink!


Posted by: saberivojo (saberivojo)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)

I have gate envy. My hubs (who I love dearly) is going to be making my gates. Right now there is a bungy cord holding things together. Keep the redneck comments to yourself.

I am afraid to show him these gates, he may take off running in the opposite direction.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Jensen Giggle (cadaver)

I have gate envy.

ROTFLMAO, oh that is too funny!

And don't worry... no redneck comments. After all, we could hold the Olympic swimming trials in our basement after a heavy rain ;).

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)

OMG-just stunning work! Thanks for remembering and adding these pictures here! I am clueless on the spider legs question though-lol! And lmao-men never ever do what you ask-but sometimes they surprise you with even more ;)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Boys CSPwDT Landscape

He really did do a super job, didn't he? He needs to quit being a crane operator and do this for a living. Alas, he'd much rather make things and give them away than try to put a price on something and market it.

I'm so glad you liked them and, yeah, he can be a royal pain but he's worth keeping around a while longer ;).

Oh, and nonniemous wins the prize... the legs are horseshoe nails :).

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Posted by: nonniemous (ex_nonniemou154)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)

Wow, those are absolutely gorgeous! Porta pulchra! I have gate envy now as well.

Those are horseshoe nails, if my eyes do not deceive me. And the furry critters can't get through the gaps in the metal?

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Terriers - Kismet Grin

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! *g*

Yup, I have no idea where he got them or why he might've had horseshoe nails kicking around, but he sure put them to good use ;).

Regarding the gaps... yeah, he didn't speak to me for a few hours after I told him I didn't trust the first version of the windows. I definitely burst his bubble and felt guilty as hell but the gaps were too big in a few places. I'm comfortable with them now though. The gaps are tighter now in version 2, plus the "latch" keeping the gates closed from the back-side creates a bit of an overhang that should prevent the terriers from even trying to escape. I sure hope I don't live to regret it but I was comfortable enough putting Kismet and Boomer out there in the wee hours of this morning and went back to bed myself, trusting that they wouldn't think to try to escape it.

Posted by: ErinRua (erinrua)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)

Holy freaking cow!! Those are stunning! I have never seen such lovely iron work. Does he do steel art as a hobby or something? Wow. He could sell those for a positively indecent amount of money, you know that?

Whew. I totally have gate envy. That man has incredible talent with a torch. :-)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Alec Squee

Damn that lj, I lost my reply to you before I could send it (grrr).

Thanks so much for the high praise. I really can't help but agree with you ;). moondropz and I were even discussing above how he could/should sell his work. These windows are the first of this kind of metal art he's tried though he's played around a bit with making some very classy but more traditional type garden sculptures (think blue herons/pheasants), maybe having made a half-dozen or so of those before tackling this project.

Alas, he's one who takes joy in creating and giving things away. He is so gifted though... a few years ago, on whim, he decided to try his hand at carving a terrier head relief into the base of a white-tail antler and using it as the head of a walking stick. I swear, it's the nicest walking stick relief carving I've ever seen ::head shake::

I think I might have to covertly start trying to get his work attention... being a crane operator is becoming physically more and more draining, not to mention boring for him.

Thanks again for the kind words!

Posted by: phetch (phetch)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)

Wow- that's amazing he can do that. Cool.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Dean Tongue Gun

Thank-you! He really is a man of many talents.

More than capable of doing a brake job in our driveway, or making his own ammo for his shotguns, he's also stitched up a terrier or 2 after one of their kerfuffles, saving us from after-hours emergency vet bills for minor scraps that, though in need of first-aid, are far from serious. I've drawn the line at c-sections though ;).

Oh, and since he's not so mean as to do something like that to our beasts without being willing to suffer the same, he's also stitched up himself on at least three occasions I can think of. It's no wonder a buddy of his used to call him "MacGyver" *g*.

Me? As gatorpez has heard me say ad nauseum a few times, I tend to think of him now as an older, slightly paunchier version of Dean ;).

Posted by: ange (kavousi)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)

Holy crap is that impressive! I have gate & husband envy!

Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise has nothing on you guys.

We will def. have to add some of his dna to the crock pot of perfect guys to clone!

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
Dean Facepalm

Thanks, ange, I'm really incredibly pleased myself.

Alas, unless someone extracts some of his dna for cloning, there won't be any mini-hims out there to inherit his talents ;).

Not necessarily a bad thing though, seeing as I, yet again, have to put the rest of the garbage out now since apparently he can't remember to do more than one trip to the curb (sigh).

Posted by: Serena64 (serena64)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)

These are gorgeous. I'm seriously impressed.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Dean Grin

Thank-you so much. I am too, though since I've been with the guy 20+ years, I really shouldn't be surprised by now ;)

Thanks again!

Posted by: out of your calculations (pdragon76)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)

*shrieks, steals your husband*

I WANT ONE! May, this is so awesome! Tell him how fantastic a Dragons thinks he is.

I LOVE your new gate. :)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
JDM Cowboy

You don't have to steal him, I'm always giving him away to my single girlfriends... plumbing, roofing, snow removal, long distance driving... they just call and ask if the rent a husband is available ;)

Alas, in the dragon's case, we do have that persnickety problem of traveling distance to contend with but I'm sure we could work something out *g*

Thanks for commenting. Glad you're a fan of hubby, the artiste too :D.

Posted by: hucknclem (hucknclem)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Felix Mas 1

OMG, that's amazing! No wonder you're proud! :) LMAO about the dishes - I think I have a better chance of teaching our dogs to put dishes in the dishwasher than my hubby! :)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Dean Facepalm

Thank-you, he really did do an wonderful job.

But, yup, what is it about putting things away that makes them struggle so profoundly?

Glad you liked... thanks for commenting. I'll definitely share the good will ;)

Posted by: gatorpez (gatorpez)
Posted at: July 15th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)

Wow, those are great gates! Wayne did a great job!

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 16th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Gif Dean Hi

They are pretty, aren't they?

Though not as pretty as your icon *g*

Thanks! I'll pass on your praise to the artist in residence :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 7th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)

Hey Girl! This really is gorgeous and he needs to take this up professionally, seriously. Heck, next time you visit bring him along, I've got a gate that won't close right and how is he at landscaping? LOL!