Sunday, April 14, 2013


the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.

It all started with a phone call from Mary Lou Zeek about 4 months ago with an invitation to join 15 other artists in her door show.  Mary Lou has been doing a door show for several years but this year she has built a twist into it with a request of making the door into a table and the permission to be creative and celebrate your own style. I was assigned the coffee table.
 I found a 100 year old farm house pocket door with about 8 layers of different colored paint. The paint was chipped and was so worn that all the different colors showed in patches. I loved the aged look and thought I would use it that way but after a good hot wash it still looked dirty. So I decided to strip off all the paint. It took about a gallon of stripper and three days of sanding before it was returned to the beautiful old wood it once was.
 I had in mind a plan and went about collecting all the parts. I also made a phone call to my son Nick and ask if he could help with carpentry skills I do not possess. We began a very enjoyable collaboration.
 Some of the pieces were hard to part with, I have been hanging on to this old cash register drawer for a few years and love it but knew it would be perfect for this project.
 Nick welded anchor screws into the shoes to create a very sturdy leg.
 Old door knobs got a similar treatment. My granddaughter Bean thought the glass knobs were very beautiful and requested some for her bedroom door.
 It was all coming together but still required hours of sanding. And the hanging of the cash register drawer proved to be stinker but in the end came out wonderful. It opens like a dream and glides on keyboard slides.
 I'm so happy with the way it turned out. The top of the table has an old post office box door with working key and a built in box below so you can actually lock up a little treasure. I love the way the different types of wood show their own unique character and a very little bit of the old paint peeks out in spots. I hope someone falls in love with it and wants to take it home but it would be fun to have it in my living room.
 This happy little table looks like it could just take off dancing through your living room.
Save the date below and come see everyones tables/doors I would love to see you. It will be the only night all the doors/tables will be together. Or take the down town tour to see them during the month in local businesses. Pick up your Door Show Art Walk brochure at Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.
PREVIEW PARTY: an advantageous or pleasurable or combination of circumstances of some duration and often of questionable character.
Location: 365 Ferry Street (below the Liberty Street Parkade)
Saturday Evening, April 27th, 7-9ish
call the gallery to add your name to our list 503-581-3229



Anonymous said...

How fun to be able to collaborate with your son. Looks like a labor of love. I agree, it would be hard to give this up.

Suzanne Reynolds said...

oh boy, I couldn't let this go. It's really wonderful. You and Nick did a great job.

Talie said...

I totally agree with both Kath and Suzanne, what a wonderful creation. Congratulation, love, love, love.

Curious Works said...

So awesome Tory!

BLockHEad said...

Your projects are so wonderful. Really wish you'd update your Facebook page x

Sheila Earhart said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE your work, how could I NOT know you're practically in my own back yard? So close, yet so far (you don't have any local classes scheduled except the one I already missed). Darn! If you do any class within 100 miles or closer, can you please let me know? I would LOVE to take a class from you!

The very best to you,

Sheila in Woodburn
(can you believe it)?

Cory said...

Love the door/table, you are so creative.
Enjoyed being your neighbor at AU vendor day.