“For some, the rejection of their old furniture has been a necessary part of the banishment of hard times.”
— Claudia Kinmonth, “Irish Country Furniture: 1700-1950”
Nice quote…think I’m in that phase of my life!
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary
Hard times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door
Oh, hard times, come again no more
Not quite so prosaic or deep as the above, but I do have an amusing family story. In Great Depression era Appalachia, my then very young mother, asked her mother who the entire ham was for that just came out of the smokehouse. My grandmother answered ‘hard times’. Later that same day a hobo came by asking for some water from the well. My mother obliged the gentleman and during small talk inquired about his name. The hobo answered ‘hard times’–I guess it was a common expression of the time. My mother brightened up and said “we have something for you!”. She then promptly ran into the house, grabbed the ham and gave it to the hobo.
Even if it is more family myth than truth, the anecdote is still good for a chuckle. 🙂
Nice story for sure
So Claudia was 250? 🙂 🙂
Great book: extensively researched, well written, and lots of photographs.
What is with the stool? Is it just meant as somthyto rest up against? Or is it just the picture?
*something to. Note to self: invent “somethyto”, sell it and make a net loss.
I’m going to ask my doctor about it.
It’s a Peter Galbert-designed “perch.” Brendan Gaffney sits on it while working at the bench.
Thank you. Very interesting. Will have to try making one sometime.
Back in 2013, Tony Donoghue won a Sundance Film Festival award for his short animated film Irish Country Furniture. I remember being blown away by the film; the most charming thing going. Can’t find it on the web anymore, for love nor money.
Here you go https://www.screenireland.ie/directory/view/7957/irish-folk-furniture
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Christopher M. Schwarz, furniture maker & writer