As a practical matter, for something to be handed down between generations
it must both survive multiple generations and appeal to multiple
Therefore, by corrolary, an heirloom but be of high quality, and have
aesthetic appeal which is able to transcend periodic trends. To me that
generally means classic design elements.
To the OP, I often leave a little wane on the underside of a tabelop
glue-up. It doesn't bother me and I doubt that it will be a consideration
for my ancestors.
Yes, in terms of quality it merely needs to be durable to survive, or
even if it is not, the family just needs to take care of it.
A friend has a keeping box that has been in his family for more than
a century. It is quite crude, but it is also a family heirloom.
And over time the original meaning of "heirloom" has been subverted.
Under early English law (and it still may be so), an estate was generally
handed down to the oldest son, was considered "entailed" by this custom, and
items in that estate (heirlooms) stayed with the estate from generation to
generation and could not generally be bequeathed away separately.
Tools (looms) were entailed to the estate, so for wooddorkers of early days
it paid to be the eldest son, otherwise, under law, that vintage Unisaw went
to your older brother and you were SOL.
On Fri, 03 Mar 2006 10:58:29 -0800, foggytown wrote:
Actually, only time can accurately determine what is an heirloom and what
is dumpster fodder. But I like to think that pieces that are built
sturdily enough to withstand the ravages of much use or pieces so
attractive that others will desire to maintain them over time qualify for
the term when new. That is, if the piece was built with the intention that
it become an heirloom, then it may be referred to as one when new.
Jes' my two cents worth ... all goods worth price charged.
So, :~) Because that newly built piece that you are talking about can be
called a heirloom before it actually qualifies as being an heirloom by
definition, it can equally as well be called an antique because it is
intended to become an antique.
Does that sound right? ;~)
Whats wrong with Poplar? I built a complete bedroom set out of soid
cherry and all the interior dust frames and drawer sides were poplar.
My kids will be fighting over it. It looks great if you join, sand,
and seal as if you were going to see it all the time. In fact, I like
the contrast between the cherry and the poplar at the dovetails when I
open the drawers.
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