Every now and than we’ll attent an Artisan market or car boot sale. Most of the times that means loading up the old soapy green van with all kinds of secondhand stuff, tables, sunshades and of course the items made in the workshop. This time we tried a different approach by taking the latest project we finished a some smaller workshop items. The Desk, for a schoolgirl, made out of a recycled old panel door, some hardwood door frames and loads of other reclaimed wood was the base of our mini exhibition. The buyer agreed that we put it on display before delivering it to her house, after the fair. Business cards were handed out and nice conversations ended with the hope of getting a few orders in the future.
Going to a Artisan fair combined with a flee-market brings you in contact with lots of people, all kinds of little opportunities to expand the toolbox and sometimes something special. This time we went home with something very special; a new family member.
After trying out if our almost 20 year old Fatih could cope with a 10 week old wild little creature for a few hours at the fair, we decided to take Ella home. She comes from a nest of nine and her foster parents saved Ella (named after a famous jazz-singer) and her brothers and sisters from a certain death, because their mother, a stray dog, just could not feed al nine of them. It’s a decision made from the heart rather than with any common sense, since our 19 year old little man needs a lot of attention also these days. Luckily Ella is a fast learner. I already taught her the essence of having a siesta. I hope soon she will learn how to fetch and understand the difference between a mallet and just some piece of wood, something a “shop dog” should know!
-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com