Couch On!

When you downsize, as we have done, you face a dilemma:  what to do with all of the furniture that worked so well in our former, larger house, but just doesn’t fit in our smaller current home?

IMG_4925Consider our couch.  It has served faithfully as the center of activity in our family room for years.  It’s been perfect for three-across TV viewing, or for a little dog romping.  It’s long enough that one of our fully grown boys could comfortably stretch out for a little late night HBO-fest and wide enough to serve as an ersatz bed, too.  A Harden, it is so sturdy and well-made that we’ve recovered it twice and it still looks and feels great.

But . . . it’s just too big for the den in our new place.  We’ve had it in there, and its length and width just overpower the room.  So we decided to buy a new sofa — and then had to see if we could find a new home for the sofa.  I’m not sentimental about furniture, and I try resist hoarding impulses or the rationalization that we should keep everything in case our two adult sons who live hundreds of miles away might want it someday.  Just giving the sofa to the Furniture Bank didn’t seem quite right, however.

Fortunately the Red Sox Fan and his lovely wife have decided to move to a bigger place, and will need for furnish a rec room.  They were looking for a sofa, and found one in our Harden.  It’s nice to know that it’s found a good home — and, incidentally, one with two growing boys who can stretch out, bounce on the cushions, and maybe pretend they’ve made a sprawling fingertip catch for the winning touchdown before crashing safely onto the sofa and its pillows.

Couch on, fair sofa!


IMG_4923I’ve been lucky to work with some great clients in my legal career.  Some of them have bought me gifts, but the Rhino Woodworker actually makes me gifts.  The photo above features two of them — a combination cutting board and iPad stand and a new, still beribboned charcuterie serving board that I got yesterday as a housewarming present.

They’re beautiful, professional pieces of work — carefully cut, sanded, and stained, and in the combination piece the cutting board section fits snugly but smoothly into its base.  The serving board is made from Indiana hardwood and features a natural sharp edge that the master woodworker has carefully preserved.  It’s been coated with wax and mineral oil, and the note above advises on care and the benefits of occasionally applying mineral oil, which can be found at any pharmacy, to “refresh” the wood.  The note also asks that the board be used, and not simply admired.  “Use it.  Cut on it.  Give it some character,” the note says.  We’ll have no problem doing that!

The Rhino Woodworker knows what he’s doing.  He’s got a fully equipped shop and actually enjoys making things.  He’s also got a keen eye for woodworking detail, too.  Once we were at a meeting in a new location and he spent some time examining a curved piece of molding on a wall, wondering aloud at the method the artisan had used to achieve the delicate curve.  I like having his handiwork around the house; it’s kind of cool knowing who made an item that you use regularly.  It also makes me wish that I’d actually paid attention during those shop classes long ago.