"The Truth is that when a free spirit exists, it has to materialize itself in some form of work, and for this the hands are needed. Everywhere we find traces of
Man's handiwork and through these we can catch a glimpse of his spirit and the thoughts of his times."
Maria Montessori - The Absorbent Mind
says a lot to me and it is my hope that it says a lot to you as well.
If ever you want to know how a person is doing, all you have to do is look at their work.
The quality of the craftsmanship...says it all.
Through my Grandmother on my Dad's side. It was my 9th birthday when I received a set of chisels from her. She told me about her Dad was a Master Ship Carpenter and felt that I was best suited to continue the trade in the family. Although I haven't built my first boat yet (bucket list) it was her that I looked up too for so many years. She was incredibly handy with her hands, she could make or build anything. From knitting, painting to sculpture out of many types of materials. I remember her assembling a roll top desk in her 60's and man could she cook! mmmm... She was the best of them all!
You grow up and move away. It had been years since I had seen her and when I last went to visit her before her passing, she had lost her eyesight in her 90's. The first thing she said to me, when she heard my voice was, "Come here dear ... your hand, give me your hand. I want to feel it" - "What Grandma, what is it?" - "Oh good", she said, "You hadn't lost them all. I've been feeling guilty for all these years for having been the one to of introduced you to the trade. Your Great Grandfather had a couple missing too ... guess it runs in the family. How'd you lose them dear?" - "Over worked Grandma, worked 35 hrs straight with no sleep, I had a deadline that I had to meet." - "Oh, you are just like your Dad, a workaholic. You need to have more fun, dear. I'm guessing you missed the deadline?" Then she laughed. So now it's time for more fun! And no more deadlines!
to learn all aspects of carpentry, came from my best friend, my Dad. There wasn't anything he couldn't do.
As soon as I was tall enough to see over the height of a table saw, I was my Dad's out feed table. If he was in the garage working,
so was I, just hanging out and watching and handing him the odd tool if he needed one.
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My specialty is finishing carpentry. And what I consider to be finishing carpentry, is not just hanging doors, trim and baseboard, it is everything from a curved set of stairs, cabinetry to a piece of furniture.
With busy lives full of family, friends and work, our furniture that we use daily should not only reflect our personal tastes but as well to enhance our our current mood that we find ourselves in. Whether it be a time of "Let's get it done" ... to ... "Time to relax." And sometimes, it is hard to find the special piece in a show room store.
(The reason I reached further ....to become a Master Carpenter)
Here is a home that I built near downtown Calgary,
that was featured in a Hollywood Movie, starring
"Ray Liotta' in "Comeback Season"