A few months ago, The Chronicle Herald ran an article describing my approach to furniture making. On the web edition, I noticed a healthy debate that was posted in the ‘comments’ section. It had to do with the cost of my hand-crafted solid wood furniture. Each of us has, of course, our own method of measuring value. Often, the price is the first factor we consider when making an appraisal of material things but we recognize that there are factors that frequently transcend the outright cost: desire, expectations and utility to name a few. If one’s only motive is to buy a chair to sit on and short term cost is most important, then my offerings will likely go unconsidered and might even be derided as ‘only for rich people.’
However, if you are interested in natural beauty, environmental stewardship, fad-transcendent style and integrity of construction, then you will recognize the true value of my work. When I think of my customers, none are super rich- many save in order to commission a piece every few years- but all have a highly developed sense of what constitutes real value. They recognize that a few pieces of furniture, well-designed and lovingly crafted by skilled local hands specifically for them, make a better living space. They know pieces that celebrate natural materials, and the work of the human hand often affect us deeply, including the children who grow up in their presence, their aesthetic values formed early in an environment of respect and quality.
I urge all who are contemplating a furniture purchase to think twice of the real cost that is often attached to ‘affordable’ pieces.