Latest Loves: Wooden Crates
I grew up having free reign to my grandfather’s big workshop and, later, to my Dad’s extensive collection of tools. I was given complete access to all kinds of hand tools and there was no shortage of scrap wood and nails to create to my hearts content. I would watch my Dad as he created solid wood pieces- desks, shelves, whatever we needed or dreamed up. I started to develop an appreciation for finely crafted pieces and an understanding of how those pieces can outlast you or I.
While the big, ornate wooden pieces would catch my eye, it was the simple pieces- like wooden crates- that made me admire the value of simplicity.
I have always loved wooden crates and the individual character each one seems to have. Some still have their original paper labels while others have a painted design of the maker. My favorite markings are ones that appear to be branded or wood burned.
The typography of these crates makes my heart go pitter pat, too. Some are fancy, others are solid block letters.
What if the crates have no markings at all? No matter, I still love them for the wonderfully old wood with rust stains of nails pounded into place long, long ago.
I don’t think I’m alone in my love for wooden crates, if the price is any indication. The retail price of a vintage crate seems to be around $35 a piece. You are paying for the history, the patina and the beauty of age and I’m guilty of the same thing.