Still working on the clutter. Today I turn my attention the wonderful piece of furniture that takes pride of place in our main bedroom. It is an apothecary’s chest that was made by my Uncle Den. Den was a master carpenter, who over many years came to stay with us at Christmas, and each year presented us with a miniature apprentice piece of furniture that he had made specially for us. It was always a joy to receive these unique and lovingly crafted gifts and they now adorn almost every room in the house.
Then one year he arrived with a big parcel strapped to the roof of his small car, which he had driven all the way from Gloucester. This time it was no small apprentice piece, but a full-sized mahogany chest of drawers —- 5 drawers high, 4 drawers wide, each drawer perfectly fitted and made with sixteen dovetail joints, that makes 320 dovetail joints just for the drawers. Then there were 20 identical lathe turned holly button handles. It was a masterpiece of craftsmanship that took him almost a year to do.
For once I can confidently say that none of these family treasures are clutter. They deserve to be displayed simply and contain treasured possessions.