Whenever I complete a new piece, I always feel a mix of nostalgia and excitement. The nostalgia is ‘cause I’m saying “goodbye” to a piece that I feel tied to. The reasons vary: I might have gotten the wood in an impromptu dumpster diving excursion, dressed in evening attire after having come from a fundraising event. Or, perhaps, the wood is from an abandoned barn….and the entire barn was a gift from a friend who asked that I “make some beautiful new furniture from that old barn my family was going to tear down and throw away.” There’s a different story, and a different set of memories, with each piece. Hence, the nostalgia.
The excitement? That’s ‘cause I know the piece will land in “just the right place” for it. A bench might be placed at the foot of a bed, where a beloved pet lays claim to the perfect napping spot. Maybe a bistro table goes to the home of someone who loves flowers and displays a vase of fresh cuttings on the table each week. One of the coolest parts of what I do is hearing folks tell me how one of my pieces of furniture fits into their lives. Pretty exciting stuff.
This week, I finished two new pieces. One is a display table with metal base, and the other is a commissioned dining table.
The display table will be available starting tomorrow at my Local Girl Gallery exhibit (http://wp.me/p14FvN-7Q). My nostalgia factor on this one is pretty high….what is now a table top was once part of a tree trunk in my Tennessee backyard. About four years ago, one of those fast-moving Southern storms knocked some heavy-duty branches onto my roof and badly damaged a couple of gorgeous old trees. Sadly, the trees had to come down. But part of one stately old tree that I was so fond of is now a display table, waiting to make a statement in “just the right place.”
The commissioned dining table? Delivered that this morning, and I’m excited knowing it will be used as a gathering place for the family and friends of its new owner. Folks will break bread over it, maybe spill some drinks on it, and otherwise enjoy their own mix of nostalgia and excitement around it. Many thanks to M. for the opportunity to pass along that mix of nostalgia and excitement. Enjoy.