Archive | June, 2014

Analogue

26 Jun

I still prefer to listen to a Long Playing record when I am working in my studio. I delivered this piece to a valued client who had commissioned it as a birthday present for her beloved. She made him close his eyes as I brought it in to their lounge. His reaction of eye-popping delight was the best pay back made my day. He said “Oh wow! Oh wow! You made this for me? Oh wow!” My lovely, generous client had also pyro-graphed some pithy quotes from his favourite songs onto the cabinet in my studio. She had a hand in making the piece.

Love is an analogue. It is not a digital experience.

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What I mean by this is that true love follows a fiery arc, like the legendary Bifrost rainbow, carrying souls on to their destiny (or Valahalla in my case, axe in hand). One cannot partition affection, it burns continuously with passion or not at all.

LPs are cool in the workshop because I can have a breather every 15 or 20 minutes for a faff, or a think, a reappraisal, a sweep up, or to imagine the location of a lost tool. The sound quality is way better than a CD, which are, admittedly more convenient and less susceptible to fine particles of sawdust! I am unashamedly retro too.

The piece is made in olive ash and Sapele, with through dovetails connecting the shelves and plinth to the sides. My client gave me a very precise brief and a good little sketch to work from. I let the timber express itself in the final design by retaining some of the waney edges.

Analogue:
Adjective/
relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position, voltage, etc.
“analogue signals”

Or
Noun/
a person or thing seen as comparable to another.
“an interior analogue of the exterior world”

“Like” in other words. I’m pretty sure, my clients partner likes his birthday present and the like extends to love.

Analogue folks … Like the tides it comes and goes. Like the best love, it flows continuously.

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