April 16, 2012

a year to the day

Today deserves a shout-out. Today, one year ago, we hit a bit of a milestone. This was way back when, as though time barely feels real and the memory is a happy one, of beginnings, of success, of possibilities. This, ultimately, is what started it. It was this day that I sat back and felt somewhere inside me that this is what I was going to do with my life. So, you darling 16th of April, you happened in a shady driveway in California with two happy girls, two hammers, a jar of little nails and a chop saw.

Let the table building begin, right here.

And because more photographs are inevitable, let's cap this happy memory off with another batch of images, because, yes indeed, we were once just a pile of wood in a driveway, and now, we are a place where people line up at the door to get in:






























































And I'm pretty damn happy about it.



15 comments:

  1. happy for you too... and so proud for you!!! such a fantastic challenge!!!! Congrats sweetie!!! you are such a girl!!!!!

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  2. Congratulations! Reading your words, I instantly remembered a line from a movie with Anthony Hopkins that was something like this: sometimes, when you're young, you have moments of such happness, you think you're living in someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been.

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  3. Congratulations. A tremendous accomplishment.

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  4. congratulations ariele and the whole restaurant! it looks so good. i would surely wait in that line....

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  5. Especially like the last photo...the artist in front of her masterpiece.

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  6. Congrats! The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous! I'm so excited that my sister and I were able to dine there, and that I got to meet you! Everything about that place is inspiring, from the food to the craftmanship (I was actually inspired to try sketching one of the tables you made)...can't wait to get back up there again.

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  7. Beautiful. Inspiring. Thank you for the eye candy that is your blog :)

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  8. I would love to visit il vecchio when I'm back in California... your work is absolutely remarkable!

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  9. Anne-MarieApril 17, 2012

    It was so nice seeing you! Here's a link I thought you would like if you haven't already come across it: http://frenchbydesign.blogspot.com/2012/04/box-house.html

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  10. i recently came across your blog and am so very impressed - and inspired. may i ask what got you into woodworking... did you receive much formal training, or did you pick up most of it on your own? what tools would you recommend for a fellow woodworker that is just getting started?

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    1. First off, buy yourself every single hand-tool you get your hands on. They are all necessary to have around. The power tools depends, what type of woodwork you are looking to do? I did learn a lot while in school, but never built furniture while I was there. After college was when I started teaching myself, and really having fun with it :)

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    2. are there many power tools that you use often? or do you mostly work with hand tools? i'm interested mostly in creating furniture out of reclaimed material (which is why i find you so wonderful) but would like to stick with the simplest tools possible.

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    3. Awesome! Yes, I use my chop saw every day. Other power tools I use most often are a palm sander, jig saw, and table saw, and drills. But all this CAN be done with hand tools. My favorite thing in the world is a Japanese saw.

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  11. Hi Ariele, you are truly truly inspiring and amazing. I'm a final year interior design student who has waiting for college to finish so I can get a long enough break to allow me to attend a 6 week wood working workshop. I stumbled across your beautiful timber wares and am now more inspired than ever and just CANNOT wait to the end of the year! Thank you for sharing your work and your process! Jo

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    1. Life after college IS. THE. BEST. I'm super excited for you too! That was one of my favorite feelings ever, the sudden freedom and the feelings of possibilities. Now is when you REALLY start to learn :) Good luck with your workshop!

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