A conversation with MsDebbie on my last blog entry got me to thinking about why I’m here. Why do I want so badly to build fine furniture that will last for generations? Why do I want to use tools that are 60+ years old when I could get shiney new stuff instead? It’s simple. Just one word really. Rebellion.
I, my fellow LumberJocks, am a rebel. I’m rebelling against the current thoughts that pressboard furniture and $1.99 hand tools are just fine. I’m rebelling against the idea that Ikea and Walmart are the bastions of style and taste. I’m rebelling against the notion that quality is long since gone, and that heirlooms all had to have been built in ages past. That’s right, I’m rebelling against all that!
We live in what I call a “disposable society”. Everything is disposable. Plates, napkins, even our furniture. Mass assembly lines crank out junk furniture that will, at best, last for 10-20 years…and that is usually the absolute tops! Then, in the store, you pay $200-$300 or more for this piece that you’ll have for a few years before it literally falls apart. However, if you have a pipe leak or something and that piece gets wet…well, it might have lasted twenty years otherwise. Instead, you’ve got about 20 minutes left. And people seem to think that it’s normal.
That thinking is what I’m rebelling against. Don’t get me wrong. Not everyone can have custom furniture or heirloom pieces. However, what bugs me is that most people will take the junk over the heirloom, just to save a few bucks. Well, I don’t have the money to spend like I’d want to on furniture. However, I do have a will to build the cool pieces I want myself.
I don’t want to be part of the disposable society. I want my cars to last, my home to last, and my furniture to last. Hell, this is part of why I’m going with western saws over Japanese saws! The thing is, people will toss the old, simply because it’s old. Our children’s generation, on the other hand, will have to toss what is old, because it won’t be any good anymore. My son won’t however. Sure, the TV and DVD player maybe. The stereo might as well. But the furniture and my tools? No way. The furniture will be built with the intent to last for hundreds of years. The tools? Some them have already been around for a century. There’s no reason to think they won’t be around for a few more.
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!