we came. we SAW. we conquered.
Welcome to the first official post here at get ARCH’d.
Sidenote: while the blog may be bare bones at the moment, we’ll be adding pages and features to flesh out the site throughout this first month. Come back often. We are Kristen (my sister) and Lindsey (me) Archer. For the quick about us version, visit our about page here.
Kristen and I are proud to announce the recent purchase of one of our first power tools. Behold the miter saw:
Technically, we also own a power drill and power sander. But we
stole borrowed the power drill from our Dad’s garage, and the worst a power sander is going to do is give you a slight friction burn (that is a total guess and therefore highly inaccurate assessment). So, those don’t count.
Did you know there are three different types of saws included in Forbes’ list of the 10 Most Dangerous Power Tools? That clear and present danger explains why our lovely new saw features approximately 500 warning stickers. How are we supposed to concentrate on slicing wood pieces when there are obnoxiously bright reminders all over the place to AVOID DIRECT CONTACT WITH BLADE and DANGER and WARNING: SHARP OBJECTS AHEAD?
As you may have noticed above, our saw is blue. Why tool companies seem to think women will only buy power tools that resemble cotton candy is beyond me. I’m not a pre-pubescent pretty pretty princess shopping in the little girls’ Fisher Price aisle. I don’t need a saw custom designed to fit more comfortably in my delicate little lady hands. I need something sharp to slice thru wood. Girls like blue, too. And green. In fact, there’s an entire color palette out there that does not include pink. It’s called a rainbow.
Rant over. Moving on.
Kristen and I create the majority of our art from salvaged wood we collect from random places all over Memphis. Sidewalks, dumpsters, street corners, Orange Mound…you’d be surprised at how much quality wood people toss into the trash. Unfortunately, most of the wood we collect needs to be cut down into manageable sizes on which we can transfer our original images. Up until a few weeks ago, we would be forced to pile our wood collection into Kristen’s Mazda and zoom zoom to our parents’ house to beg our father or brother to cut our wood down for us. Enter the miter saw.
Don’t you feel empowered by just looking at that blade? To be honest, of the two of us, Kristen is by far the better manager of power tools. The first time I saw that blade approach that bright red line, I was slightly terrified. My first thought? They must paint that under section red so that when someone slices their finger clean off, the color of all that red blood spewing over the silver workspace wouldn’t be so jarring.
Slightly dramatic? Maybe. Still, I happily allowed Kristen to make the first few cuts, giving her and the saw the widest possible berth without me physically removing myself from the back deck. As all those warning labels scream, you can never be too careful. I also may have shut my eyes the first time I brought that blade down into a wood block by myself. Shh. Don’t tell.
I have since faced my fear. Consider me now a black belt in master craftsman. And with our new saw, we can now produce our wood art that much faster. Such as pieces like these that are available in our Etsy Shop here and here:
So, welcome to get ARCH’d. My sister and I will be taking turns keeping you up to date on all things creative at the Archer household—wood art, photography, graphic design, shabby chic interior decorating, etc. Hopefully nothing about saw induced ER visits. No promises.