I want to introduce myself to you. I started working with Meb & Tom in October of this year, hand-crafting beautiful New England wooden wares. Under Meb’s guidance, I am learning how to shape blocks of hardwood into finely finished pieces, that invite touch, and seem to nestle into the shape of a hand. I feel privileged to be able to do this creative work, bringing an object of use and beauty out of its raw real material. In today’s throw away world of surface flash with no substance, it is deeply gratifying to produce something of intrinsic and lasting value.
If you are reading this newsletter, you have met Meb. Perhaps it was in her booth at a show, surrounded by gleaming wooden creations. Or you may have become part of the “family” of those who have visited the workshop, or who own a special cutting board, or a curly spoon? You will have perceived a person who is enthusiastic, creative, and warm. I have come to know my friend Meb as
unfailingly positive in the face of difficulties, unbelievably hardworking, and with a hilarious sense of laughter and quickness to joy.
In October, weeks after I started working in the shop, Meb was diagnosed with
breast cancer, and started chemotherapy. We did the 3-day show at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York city together, me working the booth while Meb snuck off for a nap in the pews from time to time. Two weeks later I went to the shop and found her shaping spoons at the sander with a wool scarf tucked around her head… her hair had fallen out the night before! She made a joke about it and then said “Just keep calm and carry on, right?”, and we both continued working together to get the custom orders out in time for Christmas.
Meb is a trooper, but she is finding her energy and creative thinking are being
severely sapped by the chemotherapy. Together, friends have set up a YouCaring fund raising site, to help her get through this tough time, as the business which relies so much on her hard work and know-how is down.
Please consider taking a look and helping Meb and Tom if you are able.