Walking into a cigar shop without a personal guide can be a slightly overwhelming experience for some. While the cigar has a rich history that dates back to the days of Columbus and most guys have had their share of stogies, few of us claim to be aficionados.
The sawdust-covered hands of a furniture maker breathe form and brilliance into fallen logs and limbs, slowly etching the transformation between the first cut and the final product.
Sometimes “progress” can’t trump an experience. Listening to a vinyl record, waiting in anticipation for film to develop, the sound of a typewriter or flipping through the pages of an old book – these are just a few of the things that many still love despite advances in technology.
Tablets are as old as the Stone Age. We may have recently figured out a way to make them multitasking, interactive addictions, but their basic function – to write our thoughts down – is still at the core of their value, which is why simple pieces like the handcrafted Chalkboard Pad are making a comeback.
The enjoyment of a fine, handcrafted smoking instrument has been around for quite some time. Famous thinkers, authors, musicians and kings – gentlemen the centuries over – have participated in this pastime that invites us to shun the hurried pace of the day, slow down and appreciate the moment.
For Brian Preston, combining hope, art and craftsmanship isn’t just a vision for his furniture brand, but a way of seeing the world. Restoration is a way of life, and it’s tangible in his products and in the men who are creating them.