12: LEARN FROM A CRAFTSMAN

written by HEATHER KW BROWN

If you caught the last February issue, you know I’ve been knee-deep in sawdust updating our mudroom. Somewhat skilled or severely lacking doesn’t really matter when it comes to my DIY projects as only a select few will see the result of my tinkering. While I know firsthand what true talent it takes to transform raw wood into furniture that turns heads, the chance to interview a local artisan has escaped me.

Owning a farmhouse kitchen table made from old pallets presents a constant reminder of the steady progress I need to maintain as well as nailing home the fact that some local artists are not only highly skilled — many of them are also rebuilding second chances for themselves.

I’m still searching for that elusive profile — the craftsman who doesn’t mind sharing his or her story … and maybe a few construction tips with me. Don’t hold your breath; if it goes as quickly as my project, we could be celebrating our next anniversary by then.