Shopping is Important

Sunday, January 14, 2007

We did a little furniture shopping! After admiring Nutalie's beauteous hand-crafted David Marsh cabinets and shelves for years, we got ourselves one of his coffee tables. He makes furniture from wood reclaimed from barns and old houses and teaches young people the craft of carpentry. Not just hammering and nailing, but decorating the pieces with colorful swirls and beads. When it's all done, everyone who worked on the piece signs his or her name inside or underneath. Sometimes there are groovy messages, like the ones we got: "Ha!" "Quazi" and "Boing Ding!" "That's to tell the customer," says Marsh, "if you don't love it, don't buy it, and to remind the worker, if it's not fun, don't do it." He adds: "Joyfullness is not an accident!"

To create something joyfully! What a great message to pass on. We got much more than a coffee table. Thanks, all you furniture crafters in Austin!

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