Sunday, April 9, 2017

Etsy Shop Banner


In the mid 80s I was stationed at Tyndall AFB. My workshop was the patio on the back of our home. I would drag my Shopsmith out onto the patio, run a power cord out the window. My workbench was some rickety saw horses with a few 2x4s laid across them.  For an assembly table I sometimes used the trampoline we had for the kids. Not the best work table but it was huge and if it rained I didn't need to put it away.

As the crow flies we lived less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico. Even during a drought there were convection storms coming in off the gulf. Rain was a constant threat so I tried not to get to much stuff outside. I usually got plenty of warning so I seldom got wet. The sun was another issue. Let a cast iron table sit for long in the Florida sun and touch it with your bare hand and you will be sorry.  The Shopsmith aluminum tables didn't get that hot.

 Norm Marshall Wooden Toy Pull Trains On My Patio Workbench
Norm Marshall Wooden Toy Pull Trains On My Patio Workbench
I made a lot of little projects in this makeshift shop and a few large ones. The pull trains in the banner was one of the projects. My daughters each got one and the rest were given away as gifts. When I set up the Odin's Toy Factory Etsy store I needed a banner. It had to be wooden toy related and something that would fit well in the banner space. I drug out every photo I could find of toys I had hoping I would find something that would work. When I found the trains I knew that was it. 




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