Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Just Herons

Today I had a very special patient in my shop.

He needed the care of a nice crafts man.


The last two or three weeks I did not spent much time in the shop due to different reasons.
The first and most distracting one was that I haven't felt very well the last weeks. And the Doc wasn't very helpful. All the time he found another interesting examination which made it somehow more exciting.
The second one was that my professional situation changed. Working within the same company but in another accountability.

But now, christmas behind us and the new year knocking on our doors, it was time to get back into the shop.
My main task was to finish the missing drawers for the toolbox I've made last month.

But I had a very special patient in my laboratory.
You know, my wife and I are vintage and mid century lovers. So it comes that we always looking for decorative accessories from the mid century when we are on the flea market.
On the last one we have been I've found one of these wooden herons, which were pretty common in the 50ies - 60ies for home decoration.
If the luck shines on you the you can get them pretty cheap.
All that said I have found one in no good conditions. Being at home I've started to cleanup my find and then it happened. The beak broke off. What a pity!
Having some time I have checked if I could repair it.

Here is the patient....

Wooden heron with broken beak

More in detail you can see where and how it is broken.

Broken beak in detail

And the broken part

I've though a while what would be the best way to repair it. But I didn't came to a fancy result.
That said I spread some white glue on both parts and let it dry for a short while.

Some glue here and there

The I put both pieces together,rubbed it against each other and finally fixed it with some painters tape.

Painter tape clamps everything

I let it dry while I have done other things in the shop and before I went off, I have checked the result.

After glue dried for some hours
 A little bit of sanding.....

After sanding you can still see the break line

So far so good. I will wax this little rascal next. And the we will see if it will look ok.

Alright folks! That wasn't the typical woodworking project. But from time to time we all have to do these little repairs. Or?

Stay tuned!


  1. Hi Stefan!

    I have 2 similar patients near my bench waiting for proper colour match wood. A pair of ducks with... the broken beak just like your heron.
    Good luck with the new job!

    1. Hi António,
      thanks for the wishes.
      A happy new year to you and all the best for 2017.


  2. I thought at first the patient was a real heron with a broken wing. Nice fix on the wooden one.

    1. Hi Ralph,
      first of all a happy new year.
      Luckily it wasn't a real heron. I don't think that I would have known what to do with it.


  3. Stefan,

    Good luck on the new job and I hope the Doc either finds something simple or nothing and you recover on your own.

    The repair looks good, now for the hard part.....not pointing it out to anyone :-). We might see every flaw in our work but only another woodworker will see some of them. Others never notice or accept them as part of the work.


    1. Hi Ken,
      thanks for the wishes. I guess that the Doc will not find anything. He just wants to clarify some high liver values.
      But he is driving me mad with this.