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All Shook Up

ALL SHOOK UP This is my first interactive washboard. Rattles and shakers are detachable... so you could shake, rattle and roll. Other types of shakers are added for different variety on the theme. Elvis photo attached to this rear of the glass. Assembled in 2018. Pricing:Contact Me, free shipping

Plug In sold

Caravan

CARAVAN, Assembled 2013: This creation was made several years ago, shortly after I retired from the Post Office (more on my ABOUT page). The board started with a gold colored musical symbol I found in Fort Myers FL. Eventually other items, including matching camels, bottle caps, some amber jewelry, spoons, and strings of amber were added. I knew the piece was done when I found the fly. The ribbing of the board matches the camel backs, which I especially liked. Pricing:Contact me, free shipping

Bad Ass sold

BAD ASS, Assembled 2016: “That’s a Bad Ass board” my friend said to me. It stuck and became the board’s name. Rochester Public Market Garage Sale supplied many of the finds: a vintage doll hand, skull belt buckle, and old Christmas decoration star bursts. The washboard was from an estate sale, and the hub cap came from the flea market at Avon, NY. Flashing lights are included, and can be placed anywhere for night time viewing. Pricing:Contact Me, free shipping

STOP AND GO

STOP & GO: The vintage bicycle taillights were found first. For a while, no ideas came to mind. The I picked up the deer head candle holder. From there, I felt it had to be a double board theme. Stop & Go – red & green, a two color piece. All other items were treasures that had been found at estate sales and barn sales around town. The hinge is a very important security measure. Taillights work, extra bulbs included. Assembled in 2019.

fly sold

THE FLY, THE RAT AND THE SYRINGE, Assembled 2016 - The macabre feel of this board includes items found at flea markets during a trip from Rochester to Fort Myers. The scrubbing surface is a deep blue baked enamel. The flashing multi-colored lights are included for your customized placement on the board.

Keys

KEYS, Assembled 2013 - This piece is a glass washboard enhanced by keys collected from flea markets and house sales, each a tiny piece of art. They include all manner of keys, such as clock keys and skate keys. Other items were added for their nostalgic feel. Pricing:Contact Me, free shipping

My Eyes Have Seen You

MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOU, Assembled 2018 - The first items to grace this board were the right old door key plates, but when I found the “eye balls” the piece really came together. Mounting the eyes on old window locks powered by springs were the finishing touch, especially once I added the key ring. Permanent flashing lights are attached for darkened room viewing. Pricing:Contact Me, free shipping.

Untitled Sold

UNTITLED, Assembled 2016 - Looking into a dumpster from an attic window of an estate sale, I spotted an old doll. I had already collected the knife and paper fan, but before I left I fished the doll from the dumpster. The rusty board on which I was working was the best canvas for the eerie feeling I was creating. A flashing light (included) can be custom-set in several different places on the board before hanging. Pricing:Contact Me, free shipping

Cursed

CURSED, Assembled 2018 - This is my first board on the theme of aging, which I started with the hard-plastic, wall-mounted face. After that I added the pretty, young and mysterious lady, the wicked frog and a lock that is rusted shut. Who knows what the secret is? A flashing light is included and can be custom-installed for a dramatic effect on the wall of a darkened room. Pricing:Contact Me, free shipping

OUCH!

OUCH! An assortment of painful devices, fashion statements and inventions are gathered on this washboard. Old school dental tools, primitive fishing hooks, cobbler tacks, etc. Included is a rattlesnake tail given to me by a couple of friends who had vacationed in Arizona. The board is topped off with a rusty hoop where hangs a tea strainer and a multi-colored light is hidden. Assembled in 2019.

STRONG MEN

STRONG MEN and beautiful matchpack gals. Adorned with other found items. Measures 14.5 x 11.5 Strong man arm wrestling trophy top and trophy women photos on old match packs from the 50s. Assembled in 2014.

CRAYOLA CREOLE

CRAYOLA CREOLE I found a box full of old crayons at a barn sale. This is my most colorful project. It needed to be done on a glass washboard so as to show the coloring session done by my son, Jess. … About 40 years ago. A hoop hangs over the board. On the hoop is an old tea strainer holding a multi-colored flashing light. It provides a dramatic effect when the room lights are turned out. Assembled in 2018.

photo credits: Dave Paprocki