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Posted on What makes something an heirloom?

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#1 posted 03-15-2018 05:20 AM

Well, it s easier for some than for others….in my case it is easy. I married into an entire pack of horse idiots. My wife and every member of her family sleep, eat, live, breath and die horses. So, all I gotta do is make anything and put a horse shoe on it and they all loose their mind. I can take a piece of wood, any piece of wood and mount a horse shoe on it and some member of her family will pay good money and hang it on their wall!!
I gave my MIL a live edge shelf for X-mas this past year. It was rough cut cherry and of course I put 4 horse shoes on it to hang coats or whatever, decorated it with stars made out of horse shoe nails…they are still talking about it. Personally, I think it s ridiculous, but it works for me.
I think that for something to be a real heirloom it is 50% what it is and 50% who made it. In example, nobody gives a GD what dad gives them, but granddad…yep. Even better if he s an alcoholic. Or let some totally crazy nutbar uncle make something and that qualifies for certain, especially if he signs his name on the back with a sharpy. All that said, I am nobody…I just spent an entire day making a 6X6 solid oak laminated workbench flat with a router sled and when I explain that all they do is give me the “what” look. Put a horse shoe on a board and they go crazy.

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