|Review by RGtools||posted 03-21-2011 01:23 AM||6510 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
About a year ago I managed to stumble across a friend, Julio Alonso Diaz is a fellow woodworker and lover of hand-tools. It’s not surprising that we got along. Anybody who has seen some of his work can say that he has really dedicated the time to become good at it.
And then he started making tools, a dangerous move. Mostly for my pocketbook. He started making these dovetail markers out of fruit-wood and exotics (mine is Cherry and Wenge). I wanted one from the first minute and went on a ridiculous quest to get it. (shiping from Spain is an interesting experience.) I had it shipped to my work, one day when I came back from lunch I had a wonderful surprise waiting on my desk. Wrapped in shavings that I assume were from a plow plane I uncovered a treat. Cherry and Wenge, such a small thing and yet so many details, so many surfaces all of them artfully considered and executed. Perfection is simply the wrong word for something like that, perfection implies a lack of whimsy, too much symmetry and not enough color.
What I held, was not perfect, it was full of life. Some may think that to say something is not perfect is that same as saying it has flaws. What I held today disproves that to me. It lives in that land in-between, where so many seek to be and yet few are ever able to get there. So what word can I use to describe such a fine thing?
I can think of three masterful, beautiful, and most of all, treasured.
Thanks Julio, keep up the great work.
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan