Friday, March 20, 2009

The Wood Butcher Likies

My job is subtle, besides the bashing and chopping and whatnot.

Furniture is like architecture. It's not a totally utilitarian project, but it it better be, some, at least. And as anyone that's sat on one of Frank Lloyd Wright's chairs can tell you: art ain't enough when your backside's involved.

I use the three-legged stool example, taken from Vitruvius, to explain the constraints on what I'm doing. Furniture, like architecture, requires Commodity, Firmness, and Delight to succeed. Without any leg of the stool, you topple over. Very few items get all three right, as very few even try for all three, never mind succeed. In general, it's wise not to get too outlandish until you know what you're doing. Even then, beware. You don't want any of the legs to be any shorter than the others, either.

Sometimes I get the urge for pure creation of some sort, like any pretentious jerk would. There is no time and I am not young and the children need shoes. If your gaze wanders up from the trench, you can see the sun sometimes. Some people are making interesting things to look at in this world.

The Brotron Gallery made me smile today. Mundane things made beautiful, edgy, and interesting. It's as menacing as a chrome John Lee Hooker song, too.

It's an interesting world. Let's go places and make things!


Phil Spear said...

Mr. Wood Butcher,

A very interesting site you linked. Thank you for that and for your interesting site.

BTW, how does one lose an employment opportunity in the merry go round glass eye maker field?


Ruth Anne Adams said...

Used to be a glimpse of stocking
was looked on as something shocking
Now, goodness knows!
Everything's chrome.

SippicanCottage said...

Ruth Anne- Undoubtedly your finest effort to date.

Golf clap!

SippicanCottage said...


"BTW, how does one lose an employment opportunity in the merry go round glass eye maker field?

I thought the dental plan covered hookers and blow, and ran afoul of management. They wanted me to enter it under: overhead, miscellaneous, like they did.

Phil said...

Mr. Butcher,

As I thought; you are a troublemaker.
My keen eye noticed that right away from your unconventional furniture design.