Since the launch of TinRoofCuttingBoards.com we have received some amazing feedback. We’ve heard phrases like “such quality!“ and “a beautiful piece of art!” What I’ve realized is that these cutting boards ARE a work of art- each pieced together by hand by the same three people every day.
This got me thinking about the phrase “hand-made.” I am not an artist (even my handwriting stinks). I’m not a seamstress (ability begins and ends at sewing a button in a crisis). I’m not a chef (instead I’m guilty of frozen dinners). And the list goes on. I fall victim to convenience. This isn’t a pity party- just an example that you don’t have to look far to find opportunities to make something by hand. What’s the trade off? T-I-M-E.
And that is the value in something hand-made.
People who make things by hand- do it because
A) they enjoy it
B) it represents something special
C) it’s made specifically for a loved one.
My scrapbook making reflects the latter two. The process was not something I particularly enjoyed- it was the idea of the end result that pushed me through completion.
The folks at the sawmill in Texas create hardwood cutting boards because, yes it’s their job, but mainly because they ENJOY it. Remember- the whole reason they began making these cutting boards is because it was a passion and a hobby for the initial board creator. He pieced together custom cutting boards because he enjoyed working with wooden projects and because he could share this passion with his family by giving them a personally hand-made hardwood cutting board.
And now it’s a full time paying job for a handful of individuals that share that passion. Isn’t that what people search for their whole lives?
Having the opportunity to visit the sawmill and see where the process begins and ends has opened my eyes and reminded me that some of the material possessions I cherish didn’t just appear. Someone, somewhere with an immense amount of skill, had to piece them together. The experience has tapped me on the shoulder and reminded me to stop, smell the roses and appreciate the work that goes behind the products I love.
I enjoyed the “reminder” I received in my inbox from Seth Godin (marketing and PR guru) the other day to stop and smell the roses. Check out his quick read on what we as consumers SAY verses what we DO and the influence we carry. Pretty subtle guy huh? The truth is consumers DO carry influence. Today, I hope that you will choose to share your influence on behalf of Tin Roof by joining our Facebook community and sharing our page (see image below). Ready to buy? Shipping is on us. Just visit the website and enter the discount code: TATUMBLOG to receive free shipping on any order through March 31.
As I stated earlier, I’m not an artist in any sense of the word, but I don’t have to be. Luckily, there are people out there willing to share the beauty in their art through their God given talents. For my bubble of a life, it means stepping away from the most convenient route and opening my eyes to discover the artists that are willing to put in the time to produce a quality product. I know those people exists because I’ve seen them hard at work, hand crafting cutting boards in Texas.
Stop. Smell the roses. And join me in standing behind the artistry and quality of Tin Roof Cutting Boards.