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Blog entry by Peter Oxley posted 03-14-2010 07:27 AM 3081 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.
Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.” – John Ruskin

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sras

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 06:18 PM

Thanks for sharing this. The first time I read it, I thought “that’s nice”. Then I came back and read it again and I thought “that’s pretty good”. I came back a third time and thought “need to favorite this”. Now I am printing it out and putting it in my sketch book. I am working on some gift boxes for my sons and when they are done, this is going inside.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 12:37 AM

A very very old fashioned idea.

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Peter Oxley

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 04:38 PM

Yeah, it’s an old fashioned idea, kind-of like living within your means. Sometimes the old folks got it right.

One day I will die, and they will put me in the ground and go back to the church for potato salad. And that will be the end of my story … until 100 years later when someone finds my signature on the underside of a family heirloom.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 04:46 PM

often the difference between success and failure. build for posterity

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 10:49 PM

I’m not sure what Dennis means … Old fashioned as in “obsolete” or old fashioned as in “timeless”. I’ll assume the second!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 03-19-2010 10:55 PM

we can only strive for perfection, never achive.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 03-21-2010 08:29 AM

...unfortunately in the commercial world I’d have to say “obsolete”. I don’t expect the houses I build my kitchens for to last 100 years, and I know people don’t want to pay for kitchens that will last that long.

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#8 posted 03-21-2010 07:39 PM

I see your point Dennis, the opportunities to create something to last 100+ years is limited. I guess it is a privilege to be able to do so from time to time.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 03-21-2010 08:51 PM

Dennis – I know exactly what you mean. You’ve probably heard me rant about our society’s “Wal-Mart philosophy”. But the ideas of savings and living within your means are certainly as obsolete in the commercial world, and yet are now proving to have been good ideas all along … and people are coming back to those ideas. I think people will come back to the idea of quality too. After all, if people had bought better quality 10 years ago, their things wouldn’t be breaking down during this time that there isn’t money to replace them.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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