A Strategy for Woodworking #31: Slow Furniture Movement

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 10-20-2014 02:38 PM 1596 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Why not a slow furniture movement?

An early aphorism I placed in our literature was a quote from John Ruskin: “When we build, let us think that we build forever.”

This is a sentiment I am fully in support of particularly these days when you see a “modern” building go up and 5 years later, they’re replacing the siding on it. There’s quality today for you.

But one of my Mastery students quoted Ruskin in a different way that I think is equally valid. Perhaps you’ll agree:

When we build, let us think that it takes forever.

Weekend projects do seem to take on a half life of their own. Some of mine are decades long now. Sigh. I keep plugging away at it.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 02:54 PM

I agree some projects end up taking a back seat to life’s chores.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 03:16 PM

I will share your sigh… my lathe stand that I having been blogging about has taken an inordinate amount of time..maybe someday it will get done.
Anyhow, thanks for your thought-provoking insights.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 03:42 PM

Another view of your title here:
I live in one of the epicentres of the slow food movement (Cowichan Bay. B.C.). There is a real move being made toward buying from the farms and local small farmers are doing much better because of it. The whole concept may be an actual marketing aid to the hand made furniture business. As the “slow” movement goes viral, we could do a lot worse than to become associated with it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 10-20-2014 04:40 PM

My projects seem to take ages, but then again nothing moves fast in Italy….

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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