Serenity Now

Sheltering at home for those of us able to do so has its blessings. Projects that have gone begging for months have re-appeared with a vengeance here in Litchfield. Are YOU bored? Give me a call, I’ll take care of that for you.

One big project is repair to our god of the garden – Serenity. Serenity is the wooden Thai Buddha we bought in Brimfield MA. He’s been sitting on his throne for almost ten years now. We move him into the barn in winter, but the weather and rain have overcome him. Once again, this is the year to do some serious repair.

Serenity
The early daysIn the van and at home in the garden.

In 2017, I could tell it was time to seal the outside of Buddha’s body. Unbeknownst to me, his suffering was dramatically systemic. As we carried him outside after an initial sealing, we dropped him and he broke clean in half along an existing construction line.

Serenity
I cleaned him out, sprayed him with carburetor fluid to squash any insects, and we drill/glued him back together.
Serenity
After sanding and sealing Buddha many times over with tung oil and spar varnish, he was back at his post, until now- a lovely new shade of rich red brown.

Fast Forward to Spring 2020

Serenity has endured much. You can see below, his hand that was joined to his thigh with a concealed screw and his elbow joint and shoulder took on so much moisture they broke down and simply fell off once we made the cut to his upper arm.

Serenity
After we carefully sliced off Serenity’s right arm last week, I discovered an advanced challenge. Parts of his body- shoulders and arms especially, are riddled with dry rot-his right arm separated in a couple places.
Serenity
I’ve now begun to hollow out the trouble sections, which will be followed by an anti-fungal treatment, and a cool product called Wood Hardener. It bonds the dry soft wood and hardens it. Next step will be filling with some kind of waterproof fill and re-connecting the limbs. Wish us luck!

Speaking of one of our favorite shopping places…Brimfield Antique Show is online is this week. You can find it here.

This year, all fairs are off. Which means, I’m scrambling to convert new inventory to an online selling platform. Think of local artists when looking for gifts. We’re all around you. We now have scarves in stock and more designs on the runway. Stay tuned!

Serenity
Apricot is a brand new update on a design I originally released in 2019 called Creamsicle. I have one in stock now!

Comments

  1. Louis

    Let’s hope that the surgery is a success. After all your prior efforts in making your Buddha body and limbs look better than the day Buddha first graced your landscape, your new surgery will be a transformation. Your new plan sounds like a
    good long term solution, but given the weather conditions of the western Arctic (Connecticut), you will need all the benefits that modern science can offer. Here is hoping that come Fall Buddha will be as good as ever.

  2. Lou!! Thanks for your thoughts. Just checking in now. Too much going in elsewhere. Product still incoming for Buddha. Feeling hopeful as modern science WILL make a difference! Or I’ll die trying.🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.