I love making these custom pieces that have deeper sentimental meaning. Terri contacted me regarding a custom board that she wanted me to make. From the onset of our conversation, it was very clear to me that this board had deeper meaning than ‘just’ a cutting board.
“I am trying to custom make”, Terri said, “my father's old chopping block (he passed away in April) and it was given away.” From this I was made to see that this board, if done right, would have a deep connection for Terri. This brings greater purpose to my work. I love the craft when it touches someone’s life. That is why I love the craft of woodworking. Making something meaningful to enhance a memory or just bring about the sense of satisfaction of something that is well made.
Upon receiving Terri’s description of her father’s old chopping block, I set to work to create a piece that would extend past the utilitarian and become a treasured family heirloom. I believe I accomplished my mission after reading a reply from Terri:
“I received my custom cutting block/board from you and I absolutely LOVE it! You did a fine job and the craftsmanship etc. is excellent. My dad was an Aerospace Engineer and later became a Quality Assurance Engineer and he would have been delighted by your beautiful work.
I will be referring your business to my friends and I will most likely purchase more products from you as I have my eye on a walnut cutting board too.
I LOVE MY new board it reminds me of my Pop and I loved him so much!
Thank you Wayne again.”
No monetary value can be put on meeting the deeper sentiments of another person. No greater fulfillment can come to a craftsman than that!
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