My secret entries into the New York State Fair, 2017 Edition

Yesterday, I posted my six photographic entries to the New York State Fair.  Today, I’m sharing the entries that I’m submitting for OTHER Fair competitions.

Let me explain.

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One final trip to Honeywell Farms

Damn it.  The more I looked at my Honeywell Farms artpiece – the reconstruction and salvage of an old milk crate into wall art – the more I grew disenchanted with the piece.

I mean, yeah, I was able to remove the fugly battleship grey paint smears while retaining the original logotype of the New York City-based dairy farm … but still …

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Return to the Normanskill Dairy

I can enter six photographs in the New York State Fair Photography Competition. But what if I entered a seventh piece … outside of the photo competition?

After I completed my first-ever milk crate upcycling project, Hi Norman’s Kill Dairy, the results were impressive – but also impressive were leftover chunks of lumber from the remnants of the original milk crate.

For reference, here’s the original art piece.  And it does look kinda swank, if you ask me.

But if I ever entered this in some sort of competition, either as recycled art or as a representation of Albany’s cultural past … how well would this work?  I mean, to someone who hasn’t perused my blog before, they might see this and surmise that I simply carved the side of a milk crate off its frame.  And how many people outside of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area would understand that a “kill” is a Dutch word for stream, and that Norman hasn’t killed anybody – in other words, this didn’t come from the Bates Motel Dairy, people…

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An update on the Honeywell Farms project

Last week, I started a project involving a dairy and produce crate from Honeywell Farms, a New York City-based agricultural produce center.

I disassembled the original crate, removed as much of the old battleship grey paint as possible, and cleaned the front with soapy water.

Now for the next steps.

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The Honeywell Farms Project: Paint minus paint equals …

I wanted to create another painted crate artwork, similar to my Norman’s Kill Dairy piece.  And after searching through eBay, I found a farm crate from Honeywell Farms in Jamaica, N.Y.

No problem… all I had to do was purchase the crate, have it shipped to me, knock the boards apart, wire it up, hang it on the wall, and all is good.

Yeah.  Right.

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A Delivery from Norman’s Kill Dairy (Conclusion)

Update.  For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on turning an old wooden milk crate into a piece of waycool hanging art.  I removed the oak slats from the crate, sanded them down to bring out the grain in the planks, and stained the edges of the planks with black stain.

Here’s where we are at now.

Now I’m not going to leave this bare wood just sitting there and aging.  That’s not part of the project.  I need to make this thing look awesome.

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A Delivery from Norman’s Kill Dairy (Part Two)

If by chance you followed my previous blog post … I acquired a vintage milk crate from the old Norman’s Kill Dairy, a historic Albany creamery.  Rather than just keep an old milk crate around – even though old retro wooden milk crates are kinda cool – I took some of the oak slats out of the crate, with plans to re-purpose them into a new artwork.  In the previous post, I removed the slats from their metal reinforced milk crate ribs, and I palm-sanded the front of each slat to expose the wooden interior.

Now for the fun part.

I need some more wood.  And by “need some more wood,” I have to apply the slats to some sort of wooden substrate backing.  Ergo … a trip to Silver Fox Salvage.

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