Which came first the Witch or the craft? Witchy people tend to be crafty. I’m not saying that all of us can make our own clothes or build our houses (if that was the case I would have had to live in the woods skyclad). I’m just suggesting that I really like to make things with my hands. And if this isn’t possible, then I rejoice in things made by the hands of those I love. And when these things are thriftily created, well… I go wild with delight.
Lately, I’ve been delighting in the kitchen table/counter/cabinet Jacob built for me. I don’t have to tell you why the piece of furniture means the world to me, do I? Oh well, here are some of the reasons anyway:
1. It is the first physical bit of An Upcycling Dream.
2. The wood used in the project came from bookshelves (Thanks, Bloomington Public Library!).
3. Every piece holds its original shape, with the exception of drill holes (Yep, no cutting!).
4. No purchase was made. The hardware was leftover from other projects, or repurposed.
5. I got to watch Jacob build it… and think about building it… for a while… it was, well, mesmerizing.
6. It stands at the perfect height. Not too high for my 5’4” and low enough for Jacob’s 6’6”.
7. It only sits two, so I see it becoming our special place to share meals.
8. There are some square grooves down the length of each shelf, which we plan to fill with crumbled dried
leaves, flowers, and fruit peels before sealing and varnishing it.
9. I will never forget Jacob’s face, when after fussing with the table for a very long time, he put
pressure on the top, smirked at me, and shouted, “Look, Baby, now we can have sex on it!”
Here are some pictures of the process. I’ll share more after the table is fully finished:
Some of the wood...
He is REALLY good at drilling...