Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Green is Gold - Article 14

A complete with much of the original wrought

Green is Gold
Living in the Adirondacks is like no other place on earth. We are an experiment playing out on the world stage. The balancing act is between wilderness/habitat and people/economics. Though this contest is played out on every inch of the globe, no other place has constitutional protection in place. To wit: “The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed.”
This overarching ethos colors our day to day existence. We go about our business often not fully aware we inhabit a six million acre PARK struggling to balance the mandates of wilderness, the needs of people and economic exigencies. We all share this womb struggling to birth a viable and thriving template the rest of the world might clone.
MOSTLY we just live here, year after year, as creeping awareness seeps, osmotically into our collective cells and changes how we view the world.
We like having almost no traffic lights. We like seeing faces of foxes, bears, eagles and falcons as we venture out for coffee. And we begin to see - no feel - the beauty of old things. Like old wood, be it barn boards and beams or the smooth well worn seat of an old chair.


Here at PINK PIG in Essex, we collect and rescue these artifacts. And BREATHE NEW LIFE into them. We beat the bushes looking for the relics of a time when pride of craftsmanship was the order of the day. For instance, you will find late 1700’s and early 1800’s paneled doors. The wood is a bookmark of the great Northeast virgin forests and a door to today’s quest for re-purposing.
Here at the Pig we find great ways to play with old doors. We leave the vestiges of latches and hinges if we are lucky to find those still clinging. We love to see these doors as headboards, sideboards, work tables and desks or propped against a wall - maybe holding a photo a painting…. Maybe throw a rack over the top and display our camp blanket collection - a wonderful MIX of texture.

Seven billion people on the planet and counting….a challenging game of musical chairs indeed. Breathing new life into OLD STUFF is fun, creative and very ,very green. And GREEN IS GOLD.