No I’m not marketing. I’m just amazed at how it’s not the fancy pieces or most expensive pieces that tend to get the most use. I think by far many expensive and or “fancy” if I may, pieces of furniture or any item for that matter does not see as much use as more common items. (Duh you say) :)
I am convinced that there is not much peace of mind to be found in in objects that are almost “roped off” in our homes, offices, or studies, workshops even in an effort to preserve their “niceness.” I say this as I have fallen trap to “fancy” items many times before. It’s just good marketing and branding in some aspects. Dont’ get me wrong quality is out there and practicality. It can create that “gotta have it” vibe. That’s good marketing or worse peer pressure. Then, when I get that fancy “item” I spend much of my time shewing the kids away from it, polishing it, babying it, dusting it etc, instead of actually using it…which was originally why I bought whatever it was to begin with. My case in point-A newer pick up truck. I had an old small truck, countless years of deer camp trips, mud holes, spilled cups of coffee, escaped french fries, a pet transporter and all. It was well used.
So, I finally get that newly USED larger truck…hey it has four doors, Since we had a new baby and needed more room why not. Now that baby is 5 and loves chocolate pudding, hanging on every knob and lever known to man. Breakage is everywhere. Food is everywhere, stains are everywhere. I;m ok with that as it is a truck. But I did not expect that all to happen the first two days of ownership. It’s all good. I love my family. I’m messy too. But, it sure would have been nice to have the old truck. BECAUSE IT WOULDN’T MATTER. Peace of mind would come a bit easier. “hey, it’s the old truck” Oh, but I do remember the time the fox pee leaked into the AC unit on a deer camp trip, OK, one point against the old truck, That made Mississippi summer’s in the old truck pretty rank. I digress.
The new truck holds more wood, tools, people, no fox smell Thank the Lord, But all I’m saying is New stuff is not all it’s cracked up to be once you get it…except for Lie Nielsen and Blue Spuce Tools. :)
My furniture building and influence is the same way as it develops. To me…
IT’S ALL ABOUT BEING USEFUL—-
Furniture that is extravagant and overly ornate in my book are great to view and marvel at (my ipad is full of Chippendale and Federal pieces…and for sure challenging and fun to build.
But, my greatest glee if I may, is to build a piece of furniture that I know will be used every day if not countless times a day.
So I humbly give you…the HERCULES HOUSEHOLD STOOL.
It’s a versatile, practical, USEFUL, and inexpensive furniture piece.
Plus, if you can run a saw and scrounge up a few scrap 2×4s. IT’S FREE.
That’s the kind of furniture I’m into. USEFUL AND PRACTICAL
What furniture am I NOT into buying or owning right now…?
The kind that sits in a room, gather’s dust, gets gawked at maybe once a week or year
and gets little Johnny and Sally a spanking or scolding for climbing on it,
but sadly it is hardly used.
Now, combining USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL…at a price that will still allow groceries for the month…
now you got it. So did the Shakers have it figure out years ago? I think so. But, it’s your opinion.
Feel free to comment and post pictures of USEFUL AND PRACTICAL furniture with your comments.
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