Assignment 4 (Second to last one!) was to make a wooden vessel that could be used for Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday). The only rule besides 1. make it out of wood and 2. something for Thanksgiving, was 3. NO SETS. (I had to keep reminding myself of this the whole time).
The first day of this module was spent brainstorming and learning about techniques. My favorite ideas I came up with during the brainstorming session (redrawn for this blog) were:
Wonka Thanksgiving (that doesn't end in a giant blueberry)
Pilgrim Shoe Salt and Pepper Shakers
Gravy Mayflower (Gravy Boat)
Turkey Head (Mr. Potato Head for a turkey!)
These were definitely silly and I enjoyed coming up with them. I didn't feel like taking any of them forward into the assignment however. This meant I needed to start brainstorming again. I listed all things Thanksgiving that I could think about and paired up different things. My favorite ideas from this was:
A wishbone championship board, which was set up like a football field
A wishbone Thanksgiving tray
Serving platter that had a large wishbone holding the tray
I wasn't happy with how this looked and also found something almost identical for sale at Pottery Barn. This led to me deciding to start from the beginning. I didn't feel strongly about carrying either of my other ideas forward so I observed at home during mealtimes. I noticed the amount of work it was to get hot serving dishes to and from the table and using trivets for them as well. I decided to make a portable trivet. I chose not to prototype it as it was a square of wood (pretty sure I could handle that) with 2 handles. I found Black Walnut wood in grampa's workshop that would work well as well as 2 Purple Heart Walnut wood pieces. I chose copper wire to hold them to the main board because of their color and bend ability. (This is something that if I were to make it again, I would reevaluate how it was executed). I sanded each piece and drilled holes in the handles and main board. I then held them together with bent copper wire. I tested it out by carrying things around on it and it worked quite well!