I like to make things for use, personally I get a lot of pleasure out of beautiful but functional objects that I use in my daily life and that is what I aim for in my work. So it was a pleasure to receive this message today from the customers I mentioned on Friday 18th.

“Thought you might like confirmation that the plates and bowls we bought the
other day are being enjoyed in the regular daily use for which they were
made. The benefit I had not anticipated is their sheer practicality – light,
robust, no need for warming, hot food and cold salads happily alongside on
the same dish. And of course they look and feel good too.
May your lathe long keep turning!”

In a similar vein I had an order yesterday for a silver mounted quaich as a gift for the customers 95 year old father. The customer was concerned as to whether the linseed treatment would taint the whiskey. Now I had to confess that whilst I use examples of nearly all my woodware at home I had never drunk whiskey from a quaich so last night I put one to the test and found it to be a remarkably pleasant experience. I had always thought they were a bit small but they were in fact just right for whiskey and the spirit made the wood glow beautifully. The folk who designed the originals that I copied had obviously done some testing themselves.

Author Robin Wood

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