About Three weeks ago, I received an unexpected visit from another Lumberjock. Joel Tille drove down from Iowa and stopped in the little town of Elmdale where my post office is located to find me. He went into the little cafe/store to ask about how to find me, but the local lady didn’t know who I was, so she gave him the phone book, and he looked us up and called for directions.
We enjoyed visiting, sharing stories, and getting to know each other, a tribute to how the lumberjocks site can connect people with a passion for woodworking, and a desire for comraderie.
Since Joel’s visit, I have been a little concerned about why the local people didn’t know me. I have lived in the area for the past 8 years, but since I wasn’t born here, I suppose I am still a new comer. To provide some exposure to my work in the local area, I carved out a little road sign that I posted up on the rack of names and directions.
This rack has been in the area a long time. I’m not sure how long, but long enough that people still have signs up when they have been dead for many, many years, and the family has since sold the property. My wife and I are thinking we will give the old rack a new paint job this spring, and then maybe some of the new neighbors will start putting up their own signs again.
I don’t know if this little sign would have helped Joel find me, but maybe in the future the local people can be more help to other visitors and tourists. I posted a photo of the sign below.
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com