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Posted February 05, 2014 in Community Featured, Johnston
Asheley Burch holds up one of her recent DIY projects. Rustic wood signs are one of her favorite projects to work on. 

Asheley Burch holds up one of her recent DIY projects. Rustic wood signs are one of her favorite projects to work on.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This is the sentiment all do-it-yourselfers need to keep in mind whenever attempting a new project. It also doesn’t hurt when crafts and carpentry are in your blood, and you’ve got a husband who’s handy with the power tools.

“We’ve been married for two years, so over that time I’ve been learning how to do different DIY stuff,” says Asheley Burch. “My husband takes care of the sawing and things I’m just not familiar with … yet.”

No doubt some of Asheley’s drive to be self-sufficient stems in part from her grandfather. He has a woodworking shop in Pella where Asheley actually gets much of the raw material for her projects. You see, her grandfather is very particular about the wood he works with, and if there are any knots or imperfections he won’t use it for his project. Asheley, however, loves working with wood with its own unique blemishes.

“I love the knots in the wood,” says Asheley. “So instead of him tossing those pieces out or burning them, we take them off his hands and keep them in our garage until inspiration strikes us.”

For the most part, there aren’t any projects that are off limits. There’s a back and forth with her husband when deciding what projects to do. So far they’ve made a variety of rustic wood signs, a few large clocks, a wine rack and converted a dresser into a TV stand. Next on the agenda is a farmhouse table with chairs, a new project they’ve never tackled before.

“Any questions we may have usually will be directed towards my grandpa,” Asheley says. “He’s done projects like this before, so we’ll head to Pella to start the project and probably do half there and half back at home.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about spending time with each other. Asheley and her husband like keeping busy, and their DIY projects bring them closer together while also providing their home with distinctive pieces of art.

“You know, it’s my hobby, and it’s a lot of fun to be able to tell someone when they walk into your home that you made this and that instead of just buying it somewhere,” says Asheley. “It’s just something fun (my husband and I) can do together instead of watching TV all the time.”

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”


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