Thursday, 19 August 2010

A Thing of Beauty

Stage one of next weeks target finished, chair frame restored and one close cane panel completed.

As I was working on this little child sized chair I started thinking about who might have bought such exquisitely delicate and no doubt expensive things for their children. The hand made frame is cherry wood and the seat weave one of the most time consuming and expensive to weave. Whoever commissioned the pair must have been very wealthy. Perhaps people saw things differently then compared with the view today in our "throwaway society". To quote John Keats:

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Maybe the folks who cared so much for their children that they were prepared to spend so much on these lovely little chairs knew that they were giving their heirs "A Thing of Beauty".

I hope so.

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