I have long wondered what I could do to make this world a better place. I have always felt that my creations enrich the lives of those who come into contact with them, through beauty of design and materials. I have only recently realized that I my furniture can bring people together – which encourages a healthy community.
I have been a part of many vibrant communities. In all of them food brought us together. Even in college, we worked independently on our theses, but when we sat down to eat, we talked together about what we were learning. Farmers, of course, grow food, but weary farmers sit around a table and eat and talk and create friendships and beyond, bonds that are hard to explain with mere words.
I have started building round tables with chairs as shown above as a way to encourage this kind of community. The photo was taken at a Brattleboro-West Arts holiday gathering. (Thank you, Marta.) After dinner, folks sat around talking. Even at this small cherry table there are two different conversations happening. Too bad I only brought two of my chairs. Those plastic folding ones are horrible for one’s posture.
This is a gathering at Brattleboro’s new gallery, Mitchel Giddings Fine Art. Paintings in the background are by Steve Lloyd, sitting second from left.