|Our new baby Barney
He has brought the puppy bounce into our lives and his bark reminds us to stop, take a break and play. We also have our hands full with housebreaking and socializing- every rug in the house has been out on the fence this past week.
While his addition to our life is a bit stressful we both have fallen in love and can't imagine a life without him. Welcome Barney!!!
|Large Mesquite Slabs
|Lou Quallenberg with Mesquite Slab
|Sketch Mesquite Screen
The size and scope of this project caused him to really want an accurate visualization, both for himself and the client. The actual slabs are very heavy and require extra hands to move them around. Even though the project is on a tight deadline, Lou really felt it called for a scale model mock up.
In order to do that we took photos of each slab chosen for the project. A 12 inch tape was placed on the slab so that all pieces could be accurately re-sized and scaled down. He then placed the photos onto small pieces of mesquite and cut each one out. He drew on some of the smaller cracks and holes in pencil. We ended up with what is much like a puzzle. He played around with the mini slabs until he found the right balance.
|Model with seven Mesquite Slabs
|Model with five Mesquite Slabs
In order to finish this new piece before the approaching October Deadline, we needed to temporarily expand the workspace. Lou found what he thought was a great deal on an outdoor Garage/Canopy at Sam's Wholesale. We had hoped the canopy would be multi-purpose and serve not only as temporary workspace but also as a possible Show Booth at the Texas Mesquite Art Festival in Fredericksburg. We have been considering doing this show even though it is an outdoor show.
The canopy is now installed and is definitely serving its purpose as 200 square feet of extra work space, but the set up and installation challenges will probably keep us from using it as a booth. Maybe it can become my greenhouse? The lesson we learned from this whole canopy experience is that Sam's does not always have the best price. We found the exact same canopy (according to the manufacturer King Canopy-see emails below) at Walmart for $199 and Sam's has it priced $219.74. So buyer beware always do your price checks before purchasing.
The canopy works well as extra outdoor space and the grinding has begun. Now cross your fingers that he will be able to get it done in time. I would prefer not to hear the call "All Hands on Deck!" I'm really not that good at sanding.From: "Will Cowan"
Date: July 28, 2010 2:32:45 PM CDT
Subject: RE: [Contact Us] Sams & Walmart Canopies
I apologize for the delay in getting back to you, we are running a backlog
on emails about 3-4 days long and are trying to catch up.
Yes, those are the same canopy. It is the BJ2PC (our model #). I am not sure
why Wal-Mart and Sam's have different prices, it might be for shipping
purposes that Sam's is $20 more, but I don't set their prices. Regardless,
they are still cheaper than what I could sell you them for.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
King Canopy Customer Service
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 5:45 PM
Subject: [Contact Us] Sams & Walmart Canopies
Lou Quallenberg sent a message using the contact form at
These two Canopy's seem to be the same? Are they?
This project is one of the big reasons (a backlog on the schedule) we will be missing out on The Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole and Cody High Style (which Lou Quallenberg Studios was invited to for the first time) in Cody, Wyoming this year. We hope both Shows understand and will still consider us for their future shows. We enjoy our wonderful trips to Wyoming but it is a long haul. It takes huge effort to get Lou out of the shop and away from the wood.
Lou Quallenberg refers to the Mesquite Slab Screen piece as "Dancing Trees" and by the time he is finished I think these seven little ladies will all be singing as well.