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Sharing the Season of Gratitude

Sometimes analogies are the best reflection of life. We just received an incredibly thoughtful letter from one of our frame suppliers and want to share it with the world. It’s these small gestures that connect businesses to the real human beings behind them. The letter was an open reflection on the nuanced lessons learned from the material they work with every day: wood. What interesting insights! Reading the letter was a great reminder of the things we can learn from this unprecedented year and from our everyday lives. In this week, especially, we are giving thanks for the small, ordinary moments that center our lives.

James Thorpe, Picture Woods Director of Operations, makes the connection that humans are very much like wood in that they “take as long as they take” to transform into something beautiful. He notes that compromise and cooperation is key in nature as in life.

Here is the letter in its entirety. We thought you’d love to read every word:

Giving Thanks

Dear Picture Woods Family,

Here at Picture Woods, we have the good fortune of spending our time working with the wonderful framers, artists, designers, and craftspeople we are lucky enough to have as customers. But we also have the joy of working with a more inanimate, yet essential, colleague: wood. As this difficult and outrageous year draws to a close, I have been contemplating the straightforward magic of wood. Wood has a lot of wisdom to offer, and not just about the virtues of being silent (I’m still practicing that one). So as the holidays approach, and we turn inward in the spirit of growth and reflection, I hope you’ll allow me to share some of the things I’ve picked up from spending my days, and recently a lot of my nights and weekends, with hardwoods.

Wood has a natural beauty, but it needs to be coaxed out, with patience and hard work. Perhaps milling reveals a hidden burl, or the third coat of oil uncovers and shade of gold swirled into the grain; you can’t know until it’s ready to be revealed. The transformation takes exactly how long it takes, and if you rush it, it’s pretty easy to tell. But at the same time, there’s no need to rush because things take exactly as long as they take. In this way working with wood is like working with human beings, except wood generally requires more sandpaper.

Everything in life involves some sort of compromise, and wood is nature’s compromise between earth and water. It needs both to grow, and it embodies the qualities of each: strong and resilient like the earth; flexible, malleable like water. Consider maple, which is a very hard wood. Its famous curly figure is literally a ripple effect caused by the force exerted by a branch coming off the trunk. If, like a tree, we’re able to be strong and flexible at the same time, perhaps the extra emotional weight we’ve all been carrying this year will ripple out to create something beautiful.

Wood moves. It swells and shrinks with the seasons in predictable ways. In order to avoid cracking and splitting, skilled woodworkers know how to with within this movement rather than against it. Just something to consider while you’re eating pie.

There are so many beautiful, ordinary things about our world that are just waiting to be appreciated. I, and all of the Picture Woods team, feel so grateful to be able to spend our days making a beautiful product that we hope brings joy to you, our customers, and to your customers as well. In that way, our shared connection is like a forest. So from one tree to another, I hope you plant strong roots, grow toward the sun, drink enough water, and give the world more clean air than you take in.

In appreciation, James Thorpe, Director of Operations at Picture Woods, Ltd.

Many small businesses have been adapting at a record pace to serve their communities. For us as a small business, the support from our clients, artists and vendors is deeply cherished. On both a personal and professional level this year has become a unifying moment in which we are all doing our best to take the next step forward.

A big “thank you!” to Picture Woods Ltd. We are grateful to be in business with you and share your gorgeous hardwoods and thoughtful words with our valued clients/friends.

Wishing you health, peace, cooperation, understanding and gratitude this unique 2020 Thanksgiving!

Save the dates for our 6th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

Mark your calendars!

One-of-a-kind gifts to wear, to share, to simply enjoy!

Indulge with Chemers Gallery and 22 artists, artisans and epicureans for our 6th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Look for updated blog posts featuring our imaginative participants…we will be featuring artist spotlights and more as we prepare for your extravaganza.

Click on each artisan’s name below, to see examples of their work… but remember, they’ll each be bringing fresh new designs and exquisite new looks just for you and our Faire!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey gold, sterling & gemstone beauties inspired by nature
Krista Bermeo lampwork glass beads in a multitude of colors
Joanna Craft mixed metals touched with enamel & raw gemstones
Suzanne Currie  colorful & zippy mixed media jewelry & more
Kirsten Denbow copper & enamel, sterling & gemstones in a bold mix
Elizabeth Nadler  romantic boho chic crystals, beads & semi precious stones
Monique Selwitz organic forms twist & turn in silver, gold & gemstones
Janet Seward become a world-class traveler with medallions, beads, amulets & more
Merry Wennerberg turning vintage into timeless
Wearable Fiber
Deanna Deeds beautiful, intricate handwoven scarves & home accessories
Mary Hammond alluring scarves and table runners made from fabric & ribbon

Beth Marx limited collection – colorful, creative & versatile nuno felted wearables

Ceramics & Wood
Lisa Mertins inventive designs & exquisite soft colors in porcelain
Lisa Dallendorfer bandsaw boxes in mixed woods

Tom Borusky lustrous turned wood keepsake boxes & home items
Jennie Milner quirky mixed media sculpture

Luscious Lotions
Petals for Jean organic, vegan, and botanically based luscious lotions

Epicurean Treats
Drake Family Farms artisan farmstead goat cheese
Harris Family Apiaries
 local honey of the season
Luisa Chocolatiere fine handcrafted chocolates to delight
Nuvo Olive Oil organic olive oil & balsamic vinegars
Raw Baby organic, vegan, & gluten free chocolate confections
Stache Coffee organic artisan roasted coffee
 

Get into the holiday season with Hair Tinsel by Megan Jones! You’ll be sure to dazzle your friends!

But wait, there’s more…

With your purchase, enter our raffle for a chance to win one of our many artist/artisan crafted prizes!

Next blog post… Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you to or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 7th & 8th.
Look for frequent updates on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. Follow our continuing blog with “what’s new” starting in November.

Click HERE  to RSVP for Saturday, December 7th, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 8th, 11a – 4p
If you forget to RSVP, don’t worry, be happy. The Faire is open to one and all!

Note: Links are in GREEN and Orange

 

 

Save the dates for our 5th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!

Mark your calendars and set your reminders for the first weekend in December.

Have yourself a merry ol’ time and shop ’til you drop! Discover artfully spectacular gifts for everyone on your list.
(Don’t forget yourself, too!)

Indulge with Chemers Gallery and 21 artists, artisans and epicureans for our 5th Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep your eyes peeled…we’ll soon be featuring artist spotlights, sneaky peekys and more as we prepare for the big weekend.

Click on each artisan’s name below, to see examples of their work… but remember, they’ll each be bringing fresh new designs and exquisite new looks just for you and our Faire!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey gold, sterling & gemstone beauties inspired by nature
Karen Boelts (Little Bridget Jewelry) instilling positive messages with delicate charms & colorful stones
Joanna Craft mixed metals touched with enamel & raw gemstones
Suzanne Currie colorful & zippy mixed media jewelry & more
Elizabeth Nadler (Spirited Muse) romantic boho chic crystals, beads & semi precious stones
Monique Selwitz organic forms twist & turn in silver, gold & gemstones
Janet Seward become a world-class traveler with medallions, beads, amulets & more

Merry Wennerberg imaginative vintage buttons, buckles & beads of Bakelite & resin form fashionable statements

Wearable Fiber
Deanna Deeds beautiful, intricate handwoven scarves & home accessories
Mary Hammond alluring scarves and table runners made from fabric & ribbon

Beth Marx limited collection -colorful, creative & versatile nuno felted wearables

Ceramics & Wood
Lisa Mertins inventive designs & exquisite soft colors in porcelain
Bill Bahret unconventional & unique turned wood bowls & pens

Tom Borusky lustrous turned wood keepsake boxes & home items

Luscious Lotions
Bare Naked Botanicals small batch vegan lotions and serums – food for the skin!

Epicurean Treats
Drake Family Farms artisan farmstead goat cheese
Harris Family Apiaries
 local honey of the season
Luisa Chocolatiere fine handcrafted chocolates to delight
Raw Baby Chocolate organic, vegan dark chocolate
Spice Merchants spice blends, gourmet salt, olive oil & balsamic vinegars
 

Just your luck, Megan Jones will be joining us with her festive hair tinsel to help you get into the holiday spirit!

But wait, there’s more…

Celebrate the start of Hanukkah with us as you spin the dreidel throughout the 2 days for your chance to win prizes donated by our talented artists and artisans!

Coming up next month…Meet the Artists!
Artist spotlights to introduce you to or reacquaint you with our talented artists and artisans joining us December 1st & 2nd.
Look for frequent updates on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. Follow our continuing blog with “what’s new” starting in November.

Click HERE to RSVP for Saturday, December 1st, 11a – 5p and Sunday, December 2nd, 11a – 4p

Note: Links are in GREEN