In much of the world, today is Labor Day, a day when nations celebrate and honor their working people. Working people—people who use their bodies to build, transport and repair—are responsible for building nations and keeping them running. A strong, skilled and well-compensated working class makes for a strong and agile nation.
Making something with one's hands provides tremendous satisfaction. Making tangible an idea—a vision, a drawing, a plan—brings fulfillment to many a craftsman. And we cannot live in a world of abstract technology. We need shelter, food and the tools which make life easier for us. And these essentials are provided by those who make them with their hands.
The Danish Modern stoneware sculpture, shown above, portrays a blacksmith at his anvil. His leather apron and wooden clogs are his uniform; his hammer , pincers and anvil are his tools-of-trade. The figure was made by (the hands of) sculptor Axel Thilson Locher for Bing & Grøndahl of Denmark. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248