From: Jennifer Schwarz
I just read Always, the first of your books that I have found. Thank you. I love your writing and your characters. I will find more of your books.
You allude to a Woodworker’s collective with a store in Pioneer Square. Until I moved down here to Hawaii, I was a long time member of the Cooperatively owned Gallery…thank you for your kind words (I am assuming that is what you refer to). In this funky economy, it is really nice to hear/read positive sentiments about handcrafted work. If you ever need details regarding woodworking or furnituremaking, I would be happy to talk to you for hours, or days to fill in any gaps…..(I am curious about that table Aud promised to make!)
All the best to you with health and creativity.
That gallery that Aud slavered over in Always was one I slavered over, too. It had some beautiful stuff. Out of my price range, sadly. But thank you for your part in it.
I’m kind of curious about that table, too. I love making things through Aud. In real life, I don’t know one end of a plane from another, but in an alternate world, I think I would have enjoyed the contemplative/physical side of woodworking. I’ve always found wood…luscious.
If and when I write the next Aud book, I’ll take you up on your consulting offer. It will be great to have an expert to hand.
I see that you’re making and selling fine furniture in Hawaii under the Jennifer Schwarz Fine Woodworking and Design shingle. What’s the wood you’re using?
Also (and this is a question for all Aud readers), what kind of table would you like to see Aud make for Kick? She has a lot of cherry wood. She could make something large, or a selection of small things. What do you think?
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I think I saw some beautiful birdseye maple items in Pioneer Square, so lustrous and smooooth.
My father (supposedly) made our kitchen (we had no dining room) table out of an old solid oak church door. Whenever we had company, he'd fill a glass up to the brim and challenge them to hit the table and try to make the water slosh out. Woodworkers are a curious breed. ;D
“what kind of table would you like to see Aud make for Kick?”
I have to tell you, I got a little shiver when I read that question. (see, those characters are *real* to me and it was like mentioning old friends…)
Dianne, that sounds like a fine table. And, yeah :)
jeanne, on some level they're real to me, too. I know what they're doing, where they are, whether they're happy…
My grandfather made a footstool for my grandmother with the only tool he owned at the time, a penknife. My mother still has it. You would never know the legs weren't turned on a lathe.
That said, if I had the cherry wood and the skills, I would make a very simple hall table — four legs and a top, with perhaps a single small drawer for knick knacks. It would be something lovely on which to display a nice piece of pottery (mine or someone else's).
Wendy, wood and those who work it, are amazing.
So you're thinking a kind of console table? Narrow, that goes against the wall?
I think Aud would go for a virtuoso statement piece. Something not necessarily large in size, but large in visual impact, something unlike what every other woodworker would make. Something difficult, stunningly beautiful, and pleasing to all the senses.
Melody, I'm thinking something awe-inspiring in its simplicity and clean lines. Sort of like the Chinese chair she fell in love with.
I think Aud would make a Nakashima style bookend table, from a tree that was split by lightning, like she was.
Barba, she might. I kind of like the notion of a 'coup de foudre' table…
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