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

The Capital District’s consumer product advertising history often fascinates me.  So when an eBay auction came up that featured this old milk crate … I couldn’t resist snagging it.

Is that completely waycool?  Yes it is.  That’s an old milk crate from the Normanskill Dairy – okay, back in the day it was called Norman’s Kill Dairy, and it – like many local dairies and creameries in the area – used these porchside milk crates as repositories for milk and dairy deliveries.  If memory serves me correctly, there was a Norman’s Kill Dairy outlet in downtown Albany – I believe its exact location is now part of the Empire State Plaza complex.

I’ve had this crate for a while – and during that time, I tried using it as a convenient endtable, as a storage crate, as something, anything.  But there was something about this little crate that really interested me… not so much as function, but as fashion.

And like my “K-Chuck Cabinet” project last year, where I took a 1930’s radio highboy cabinet and upscaled it into a super-awesome hideaway storage cabinet, I wanted to upscale this milk crate into something artistic.

And thus began my first steps in achieving this lofty goal.

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