June 14, 2006

Car Rack

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Here are some file photos of the nifty rack my handy hubby built to make hauling many paintings, especially to multiple locations, much easier and organized. We picked up in two cities the first day out, then overnighted with friends in Asheville (with mountain side views to die for!) Then we took the long way home yesterday, down the extraordinarily beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

We keep cars for the long haul and I've used up three vans during my career, all were purchased with a 48" canvas in hand to be sure it would fit through the back door easily. Our current carrier is a Nissan Quest, the other two vans were Dodge and Mazda. The Nissan has the biggest capacity and with the backseats folded flat I can take an 80" long canvas or fit smaller ones to that length. Separated by full sheet cardboard, an entire show can stack and ride easily. Anything to make life just a little bit easier. We'll be on the road again soon since these paintings won't sell out of my house... gotta get them to some good wall space in Memphis and Atlanta!

7 comments:

Tracy said...

Hi Karen, So glad you put this picture up! This is the perfect solution to my problems with stacking paintings in the back of my SUV. I am adding this project to my husband's list of things to do:-)

KJ said...

There are times when a third level would help even more. I've had work stacked nearly to the roof so we inserted upright 1x2s to keep them from sliding into our heads... which worked very well. Creative car loading!

CMC said...

Hum...and where do you store this contraption when you aren't using it? :>)
Cheryl....with a full house and studio

argos said...

how cool. We artists struggle with this porting around work everyday.

I am an outsider who stumbled here, just recently began to blog and post. Keep up the fine work.

KJ said...

Stores with all that cardboard. Could be modified so the legs folded or removed, then would be very narrow... or hung from garage ceiling with bike hooks... be creative ;-)

Pat said...

That looks like a really great way to take 'em on the road, Karen. What a clever fellow you are married to!

Pat

Martha Marshall said...

I love that rack. Yeah, I think I'd like one with hinges and some type of lock to keep it open and stationary when needed. My art car is a Chrysler Pacifica, which works wonderfully too. We took tape measure in hand to buy that one. The widest point (48") is midway up from the floor, so slightly narrower paintings have to go in first. This is an ideal solution! Thanks for the picture.