I did something yesterday that I don’t do all that often. I bought a piece of wooden furniture, rather than make it myself.
Now hold on there: it’s true that I bought the chairs and stools for my dining table and bar. But those are metal and fit a specific aesthetic with the rest of the room. And I bought them a quite a few years ago (at least the chairs), when I was still relatively new to hand-tool focused work.
The piece of furniture in question is a bookcase. Specifically, a simple pine bookcase to display my vintage Lego collection. It’s from a bare wood market called WoodMarket in Monroe, CT. And it’s perfect for what it needs to be.
Will I still build that leaning bookcase? Probably. But now I can put it on the back burner and get back to a couple of projects I’ve been halfway through for a while. Discretion is the better part of valor, as it were.
And, most importantly, I was able to support a local artisan in the process.