The sawdust-covered hands of a furniture maker breathe form and brilliance into fallen logs and limbs, slowly etching the transformation between the first cut and the final product. The finished product is passed down from generation to generation, used for its functionality, revered for its character and relied on for its durability.
Sometimes “progress” can’t trump an experience. Listening to a vinyl record, waiting in anticipation for film to develop, the sound of a typewriter or flipping through the pages of an old book – these are just a few of the things that many still love despite advances in technology. And while more people may be doing their note taking on a digital tablet or smartphone, the guys behind Mirth & Co. believe you can’t replace a classic notebook and the notion of jotting down ideas by hand.
For Brian Preston, combining hope, art and craftsmanship isn’t just a vision for his furniture brand, but a way of seeing the world. Restoration is a way of life, and it’s tangible in his products and in the men who are creating them.
With the passing of Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is upon us, and with it comes a myriad of customs, traditions and rituals. But none may be more ubiquitous than selecting and decorating the iconic symbol of the season: a Christmas tree.
You never know where and when the right mix of circumstance, passion and conviction will strike and resonate in you – so much so that you know it must not be a coincidence. For John Loftis, that moment happened in his late teens while watching a television show. “There was a pair of octogenarian plaster workers restoring an ornate antebellum mansion in the Deep South. The narrator said these two men were the last ones who knew their craft – and with their passing, the trade knowledge would die too. Even at that age, I found it tragic, and I was stirred.”