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Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Last Friday I got an early morning call from my Grandmother asking if I wanted my Grandfather's drafting table. Of course I did. In fact it turns out I wanted two of them because that's what I ended up with. When I got to her house there was not one, but two drafting tables in her living room. One I liked because it was smaller and would work better in my place (in my imagination where i have room for such things). But then there was the bigger one, and that's the one I have countless memories of him sitting at. I couldn't choose, so they were both loaded up into the truck. Don't ask me how it was not logical to take only take the bigger one, but completely logical to take both. But there you have it. They also passed on all of the art supplies that were in view. Pens and pencils, sketch books with one or two little drawings. The photo is one of them in it says "Wow. A new book of immortal drawings."

I couldn't get any really great pictures of the tables in full view, but that's not what I love best about them anyway. I love the indentions and the drawing out of the lines, and the ink stains and splotches and the "i'll just write on the wood" doodles. So instead, I decided to take some photos of a few things I have been collecting, things that have resurfaced over the last couple weeks. Things that I have been putting on top of the drafting tables (currently hanging out with me in my living room until i decide what the heck to do with them), just to see what they look like on them. The wood houses are something I am hoping to incorporate into my business - maybe, it's a work in progress. The paintings are ones we found at a yard sale for a quarter; Luca gets up to the desk and looks at them for a minute or two everyday, and now, I just love them. The last sketch is from a friend of mine and I brought it out to remind me to get a frame for it - though I do just love the way it looks resting on the table.

8 comments:

  1. I just love that that sketch book has a witty little entry from your grandfather. I inherited my dad's home office desk that he had shipped over from italy in the 70s. The leather is cracking, it's dark wood and completely clashes with everything in my white office and we had to take the door off to get it in, but I love it because I remember him sitting there and working. Anyway, I really relate to your post :) And those little paintings are amazing!

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  2. Oh, wow. I'm having trouble finding words (imagine!) for just how meaningful this post is, Christine. Of course you should take both. Of COURSE. I love the way that having them connects you to your grandfather, a tangible thread between you and him. Between your kids and him. And I love how you're letting them be just a gathering place for now, for all the special things in your life. This is the best part, how those tables have become incorporated. Really, really lovely. I'm happy.

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  3. It's just wonderful seeing someone's weathered desk. And the fact that it brings back so many fond memories makes it even more special. I love how you styled the 5th photo, it's just beautiful.
    Ada

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  4. Oh Christine, I totally would have taken both as well. And I totally agree with you about the indentations. That's the best part...all of the lovely imperfections, I bet you can totally imagine him sitting there working when you stare at it! :)

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  5. This is so touching. We have my dad's drafting table as our dining room table, and I swear every time we sit down at it I find new marks in the patina of paint splatters and indentations and scribbles or scratches. It's magical. And even more so, because you have this piece, this very tangible piece, of him forever in your world now. It's got all that creative energy swirling about it. My dad's table makes me happy every time I look at it. I bet that's how it is for you, too. No wonder you took both! xo

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  6. So much history, and so much of ones life are in those tables. They have seen so much..and especially such a great memory of your grandpa..Loved scrolling through the photos..
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  7. That's why I love old stuff- I think of all the stories that come with it and the future memories you plan on having with them. Do you do estate sale? I never have much luck at yard/garage sale and pretty much stick with estate sales.

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  8. I really like how everything looks laid against this table. It has soul and character. My parents recently came back from LA with stuff of my grandmother and grandfather's after cleaning out their house. It's bittersweet but those things we have of theirs is so precious. My sister requested my grandfather's old military uniform and that's what she got!

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