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Forest Gems is a Smartphone Free Zone   Get over it

 

Moody Blues - In The Beginning - 1969

[First Man:] I think, I think I am, therefore I am, I think.

[Establishment:] Of course you are my bright little star,
I`ve miles
And miles
Of files
Pretty files of your forefather`s fruit
and now to suit our
great computer,
You`re magnetic ink.

[First Man:] I`m more than that, I know I am, at least, I think I must be.

[Inner Man:] There you go man, keep as cool as you can.
Face piles
And piles
Of trials
With smiles.
It riles them to believe
that you perceive
the web they weave
And keep on thinking free

 

Thanks Justin Hayward. I needed that. It`s always been in the back of my mind. Always think for yourself. 

I may be too long at the fair, even though my fair is bigger and better than ever, a reflection of actual customer satisfaction.  Jan 2017 is exactly 21 years at this location in Port Townsend, and exactly 41 years since starting off at age 21 in 1976 on the day stalls at the Pike Place Market, in a far funkier and smaller Seattle.  My work has been sold continuously, each and every week of each year, in this region for 41 years and has found homes all over the world. I have never had any other income than from my fine finish designs. There are some on social media that say I`m a yelling mindless asshole gorilla. I used to care. Analog business is maxed out from those who meet me in real life.  There is however a paradigm shift going on that is making guinea pigs out of those who cant look away from tiny little screens. Hyper addictive advertising and data platforms engineered to harness your ego.

 

Face piles
And piles
Of trials
With smiles.
It riles them to believe
that you perceive
the web they weave
And keep on thinking free

 

Today at my business, a young man`s wife pulled me aside and told me that my inspiring wood, and Gallery, and I were the reason her husband was doing his art in wood and had found a focus. She was honestly deeply appreciative. I know after 21 years here and 41 years in total, there are many others like them. I have paid it forward by financing others work, making my own, and showing what inspired me, within easy reach of Everyman. Most days most of our visitors are return visitors ranging from locals to world travelers and all in between, they come back for more of the experience, and I`m complimented. Forest Gems. Dozens of new and returning customers each week personally in analog time give us (my manager Ann and I) amazing feedback. Forest Gems right now is today`s manifestation of 41 years of continuity. There will never be another if you know what you`re looking at. Many of my contemporaries have passed on never to be duplicated.

 

Face piles
And piles
Of trials
With smiles.
It riles them to believe
that you perceive
the web they weave
And keep on thinking free