Documenting the trials and tribulations of Doug Reid and Nancy Procter as they attempt to purchase and renovate a French "fixer-upper" in the foothills of the Pyrenees with new French power tools and a new language.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
We drove by a furniture maker yesterday, actually there were two of them side by side, and we decided to drop in and look around. The table above, we were told, was for a church. I couldn't quite understand what the hole in the table top was for except that something made of stone was to sit there. Holy water vessel? Artifact? A carved Jesus? Who knows? Our Spanish is pretty good (like our French) when it comes to a bar or restaurant, but not here. The hammer was well lused and had a taped up handle. I've owed hammers like that, and the tape is not a good sign for the future of the hammer.
One of their creations sitting ouside in the weather.
The workshop had numerous items in progress. You can see the table, a bench which has beautiful hand carved decoration (perhaps also destined for the church), a bed (probably not for the church) and several kinds of cabinets in progress.
A detail of the bench's hand carved leg. Man, they just don't make 'em like this anymore.
Here's their competitor next door. They have a table in the works also. They seemed to be more involved in repairing and refurbishing older furniture that had seen better days. I was more intrigued with the old, faded lettering on the adobe wall. "Builders of furniture of a rustic nature. Kitchens, doors and windows."