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River Bed by GeraldWinslow River Bed by GeraldWinslow
I have a new grandson, one week old today, whose name is River Winslow Zylstra. His aunt, who is a professional photographer, posted some great pictures of him here: [link] This is a cradle I built for him.
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Deviated-Septum Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
im curious, i looked like it swung, in the thumbnail, but now that i see it full size, it appears more fixed..
the design is beautiful, and everything about it flows, just like a river ^^
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Hi there,

The cradle swings from the top, using bearings that I fixed in the wood at the top of the arches. The reason it appears "fixed," I hope, is that the arches were made from one piece of cherry wood, which was then cut at the top of the arch. This means that the two sides of each of the two arches should appear matched for grain and color, and my hope was that the separation at the top of the arches would hardly be noticeable. From your comment, it would seem that this scheme worked! Thanks for looking, and thanks for the generous comment! GRW :wave:
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Deviated-Septum Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
oh wow, that's an excellent, beautiful design. im very impressed by your skill with timber! i also took a peek at the rest of your gallery, and while i was expecting more woodwork, i was pleasantly surprised by all your beautiful nature shots, as well as the ones from Asia, especially the one of the boys in washtubs, it was really amazing how they manage to enjoy life despite such severe handicaps, and poverty. i am a photographer myself, and i do hope someday my photos can be as powerful and moving as the ones you've taken. and i hope you keep on capturing such powerful subjects, they really are a wonder to behold!
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
You're already doing great work, Rory. I will learn from you. I've just been lucky to travel to some interesting places. And, yes, people, including the children you mention, are amazing in their resilience. Cheers! :bow:
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Deviated-Septum Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Thank you Gerald,
Cheers indeed ^^
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bluesblood71 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
This is a beautiful cradle. I've been searching and drawing designs for one I will be starting soon for a close friend and his new wife. This design has a simple, yet very elegant look. Love it! Fav :)
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Most kind of you to find this cradle and grant the :+fav:!

I just spent part of the weekend rocking my six-month old grandson, River, to sleep in it. That makes all the work worth it.

I owe the late Sam Maloof a debt of gratitude for the basic inspiration. Sam was, I think, along with George Nakashima, one of the finest artists with wood on the planet in the past 100 years. If you google "Maloof cradle" you'll see my indebtedness.

For me, the trickiest part of building this work was to get the top arches perfectly aligned after placing the ball bearings in them. I used bearings intended for rocker/gliders, and they seem to be working well.

Thanks for looking!
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bluesblood71 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Awesome, I will look that up. I really like the actual cradle part of this design the most. It's almost like the structure of a boat. I am designing mine to hang from the frame so it can be detached and sit on the floor also. I have a giant pile of scraps and partial designs and I think I finally have a solid idea of what I'm doing. Once I have a decent sketch drawn, I will post it in my gallery.
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SmoothEyes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Woaw, Gerald, that's a real piece of art. I hope your grandson will enjoy it and likes to sleep in it.

And of course: C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S with the birth of River

btw 'Zylstra' sounds very Dutch...
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Hi Marc,

Yep, Zylstra is Dutch. River's dad and my son-in-law is from Dutch heritage on his fathers side, and native American (Cherokee) on his mother's side. And thanks for the kind words of congratulations and regarding the cradle. :wave:
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Hermioneann Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Oh, wow, that's lovely and I'm sure it will be treasured. My mum still has the cradle her grandfather made for her.
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
I hope my grandson bequeaths this cradle to his grandson. I won't know about it, of course, but the anticipation is also fun! And thanks. :D
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NonIntentonal Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
you built it yourself???? :wow:
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Yes, by myself, with a little help from a shop full of nearly every kind of power tool you can imagine. :laughing:
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NonIntentonal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
:D
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WinDrift Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist
wow Gerald you do really really good woodwork! It is a true treasure as is your grandson :party: congarats!!
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Oh, thanks, Loretta! ;p
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WinDrift Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist
:hug: welcome Gerald
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justfrog Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Congrats on the new addition Gerald!
This is a beautiful cradle, you're quite the craftsman. Is this your own design? I get the sense you're a boat builder too.:)
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Actually, the design is "borrowed" extensively from the great Sam Maloof, surely the world's greatest living woodworker. Take a look here, and you'll see what I got from Sam: [link] :D And thanks for looking and commenting, Jim!
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justfrog Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Hey, if you're gonna "borrow", borrow from the best.;)
I'm also a woodworker so I'm very familiar with Mr Maloof's designs.
Quite welcome Gerald.:)
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
I've been lucky to spend a fair bit of time with Sam because he lives nearby. He's well into his 90s now (93 to be exact). I'm also lucky that he made me an artful piece for my office. He's a wonder. Now...shouldn't there be some evidence of woodworking on your gallery?
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justfrog Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Wow! Lucky indeed!:nod:
It's funny, I tend to compartmentalize my hobbies. When I'm working on a project, I tend not to do any photography and vice-versa, so I never think to take pics when I'm done. I've done a couple of beds I was really proud of, maybe the owners will let me take pictures.:lol:
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Like you, I never photographed my woodworking for many years. Most of what I made was given away. Finally, a few years ago, I began to keep a photographic log of each piece with a record of when it was made and to whom it was given. It's been fun sometimes to go back and remember those old friends -- both the works and the recipients.
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justfrog Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Well, I'll definitely have to start now.:)
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Do that...!
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Toolow Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Like your photography, this is first class Gerald. Outstanding woodwork.
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Wow, thanks Rob. You're generous!
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TTM77 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, U R good with wood.
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
And, wow, you are generous with comments! :nod: and :bow:
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TTM77 Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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Morris88 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Amazing - and congratulations, Gerald!
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Thanks, Ed!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
My congratulations, Gerald! :handshake:
And this cradle is indeed a very fine piece of work! :clap:
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Thanks Kevin! :D
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   Photographer
I like the play on words in your title.
Wow, you are quite the craftsman!
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Thank you, Paula. :wave:
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Photographer
My pleasure!
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InShinFrog Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooooo is there no end to your talents ? Gorgeous piece of work :clap:
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Hey thanks! (I'll bet I could hang an Irish calendar on one end or another of the River Bed. That way our works could be collaborative. :nod:)
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Elsabet917 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Congratulations on the new grandson!. God bless him and his family! And as to the gift...WOW! what a beautiful gift!
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Thank you!
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1001G Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
wonderful job and your grandson will be your passion now.......
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Yes...you're right; he already is. I just rocked him for over two hours. And it wasn't boring.
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1001G Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
isnt that amazing......u wait this is just the beginning.....u are gonna have sooooooooo much fun with him......im happy for ya. I have 6 grandchildren and they are a blast!
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sticks228 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Wow! I like the design of this. It has a Scandanavian feel to it. Kind of basketry. Did you design this from scratch? Looks like maple, what kind of wood did you use?
Yeah the more I look at this, this is really a fine piece of art!
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Thanks for the kind words. The design was inspired by the work of Sam Maloof, the greatest living woodworker in America, and maybe on the planet. Here are some of Maloof's works: [link] As you can see, I was following him, but no one can equal Sam! The wood I chose is cherry, except for the dowels some of which are walnut, and the four "plugs" on the uprights, which are turned from cocobolo. The good news is that River seems to like to sleep in his "bed." :wave:
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LieutenantCoD Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
This is really an excellent crib you made for River. How long did it take you to built together? Congratulations, Grandpa Gerald. =D
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Hola Alonso! How are you doing? Thanks for the comments. I usually try not to count how many hours go into a project; that would make it seem to much like work. But I'd guess that between 100 and 200 hours went into this piece over the course of about four months. Sometimes people ask where I get all the time. The answer is that it helps a lot that I loathe most television programming. Since the average American watches TV many hours a week, just imagine how much extra time that give me! ;p
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LieutenantCoD Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
You had all the precious time to make something special for your little one. That was really sweet of you, Gerald. You are one wonderful person to do something like the bed. I knew there was something special and/or awesome about you when we first met the last time. You are going to be the best Grandpa for your grandchild. =D
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