In the meantime however, under severe threats from my mother to "keep him busy" I have been making a wish list of projects that I can use his help on. A few weeks ago S mentioned that she's always wanted a nice bit box, so BAM - he made a bit box. It was super pretty, classy hardware and the inside organization makes it easy to have four rows of bits, or to divide the box into half bits, half random crap.
Dad is also the creative force behind the barn tack locker remodels. He's done two of mine and then got pimped out to other barn ladies to help makeover their own lockers.
These are the sort of projects he adores.
Anyway, he was asking for another task and while I was considering asking for a smaller bit box for me, I decided that why not dream big and get a big girl tack trunk.
I sent dad a couple of websites and pictures of "things I like" in a tack trunk and two hours later he sent me this:
|oh hey box.|
Last night per his request I dumped off some extra tack (boots, saddle, bridle, wraps, pads, etc) so that he can play around with the inside configuration. His vision is something that can stow everything for a show (including a saddle) but then when it's open it sort of flips and folds out so that you can hang things on the outside of the box for ease of use.
The Lid is 8" deep and the thought is it will have a "locker" for two bridles (mirror on the front for hairnetting), a couple smaller boxes for spurs/gloves/small things and then a place for tall boots. The main trunk will have a saddle rack (with storage under) pad hanger, brush box, (removable) bandage box and possibly a tray on top. He's been playing with a pegboard to figure out how to make the components attach to the outside of the trunk without gumming up the aesthetic appearance too much with extra hardware.
Anyway. When I expressed a concern that perhaps I should "do more research" and potentially "decide what I want." I was met with a scrunched up face and assurance that if this wasn't the perfect trunk he'd just keep making more prototypes until it was.
Let me know if anyone wants to be on the wait list for rejects ;)
Stay tuned for updates....