Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Trying to Get the Inspiration Back

Good afternoon my friends!
 I have been on a self imposed leave from miniatures and it has been a struggle to get back into it. I am going to begin working on my house very soon.
It is far from the exquisite and involved works that so many of you are doing but it has my signature look......and that's all I can do. I am also hoping that starting work again will take my mind away from the loss of my precious "Stoney"
So until I have progress pictures to share I am going to post some "Inspiration Pictures" of my favorite real life house. I was privileged to stand in front of it back in the 90's when it was being renovated and would love to have seen the inside. Does anyone remember / recognize this house?

Troy B you are right! This was the house used for the exterior scenes of The Beverly Hillbillies back in the 60's. Though none of the real interior was ever used for filming only the front lawn and drive way appeared in the series. The house is actually not in Beverly Hills. It is in the very private enclave known as Bel-Air. Once visible from the street the house is now totally obscured from sight.

Here is a look at "The Clampett Mansion" as it originally appeared.

This wonderful property is for sale for $350 million dollars US
Here is a peek at the inside.............


Also for any of you who have not found Alison Davies you need to check out her website for exquisite French Furniture and Kits. I have several of her pieces and cannot wait to place them in my house.  www.alisondaviesminiatures.co.uk You will be amazed at the detail and with how these pieces are made. I know some of the furniture purists won't like these because of the process but such is life. Not all of us are furniture makers.

If you made it this far I thank you! I am enjoying the amazing posts I have read from all of you on my "Blog List" You are truly a talented group of Artists.

I will see you again soon with updates on Windward House
Ray W-B


Monday, July 17, 2017

Taking Time Off From Miniatures

This is the Library mantle piece that I built from stock wood pieces to replicate the one in the inspiration picture. The room in the picture is work by one of my all time favorite designers the late Charles Faudree.

 Ready made Sconces that I altered to create a better scale. I removed parts that were HUGE and bent them into a better shape. The scale is much smaller now. I am using these in the Library and Salon.

Library Ceiling with the picture source for the panel inserts. The "Grid is 3/8" x 3/8" wood with 1/2 scale crown miter cut and fitted into each opening. I plotted the design in AutoCAD and built it from the pattern you see here.
 Laser cut window grids for the Library windows. I am "Faux Wood grain painting them to match the paneling.

I am taking time off from miniatures until the interest and desire to do them returns. Leaving this business and returning to the "Real World" workforce has left little time to pursue this project. Hopefully inspiration will once again bring me back to miniatures but for know I will be only enjoying your blogs. Thank you for following me and thanks for reading this far.

Ray WB

Saturday, October 8, 2016


Stair Hall

Dining Room


Library in the beginning stages of construction

Stair Hall


Thank you for visiting!
Until next time........Ray W-B