The other day, while I was shoveling the walk, and the huge ice-packed snow berm in front of the store, I started thinking about what I was going to do about our poor Christmas trees, which had been knocked over by the winds and buried in the latest snowfall. As I stood there eyeing the 2x4 bolted Christmas tree bases and wondering if I even had the tools I needed to remove them in the store, I saw a green conversion van pull up across the street. At first, I figured the man inside was headed to the dentist across the street, but as he got out of the van and headed toward me with purpose, I knew he was coming for me. I braced myself for some sort of solicitation, but was incredibly and wonderfully surprised to hear him say instead "would you like me to haul those trees for you? I'll remove the bases and return them to you later." For a second I was speechless -- Just prior to his arrival and even upon it, I was revving myself up with annoyance over tree clean-up and potential unwanted harassment, and in an instant I was disarmed and filled with literal joy. I asked him if the village hired him to remove the trees, and that's when I learned of Sleeping Bear Twig Furniture and met twig furniture builder, Bill Perkins. He told me the trees would become chair legs as he helped me remove the Christmas lights, and was kind enough to pose for this picture and give me permission to share with you. What a nice thing to be turned on your own surly head.
If you want to learn more about Sleeping Bear Twig Furniture and Bill Perkins, please go to his website www.sleepingbeartwigfurniture.com, or check him out on Instagram or Facebook. You'll be glad you did.