My treasure has a story, as most do.
During a family holiday over 20 years ago, I celebrated a birthday. My parents gave me money to buy a present.
We were staying in Tofino on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. On our last day, we went back through a small community, Ucluelet. Part of the reason was to visit a crafts centre. I wanted to buy a First Nations carving as my present.
The crafts centre was in a traditional long house – quiet, contemplative and filled with art and crafts.
Two back walls were covered from floor to ceiling with carvings. Many were cedar and permeated my nose with fresh spiciness. I spent close to half an hour wandering visually over the walls, looking for a piece that spoke to me.
Having always loved water, a salmon was the obvious choice. I picked up my treasure and turned it over, looking for any information.
After reading the artist’s name, I was stunned to see my birth date but no year. Was it carved for me?
It smelled so strongly of cedar and the rich auburn wood seemed to glow.
Assuming it must have been carved at least the year before, I carried it to the desk to pay for it. I also asked the staff if they knew the missing year.
Without hesitation, “it was carved yesterday. The artist brought it in this morning.”
Glass has also been a treasure. I love the idea of creating beauty from sand, whether it’s art or everyday objects.
The vase in the photos was blown by me with a tremendous amount of support from an expert.
Hitoshi and I stopped for a break at a rural road station in Shikoku, Japan. The small complex had a glass crafts shop with a studio for glass blowing.
We watched two people working in the studio and Hitoshi noticed a sign for a drop-in class. The times didn’t fit with our schedule, though. I was disappointed but Hitoshi asked the sales staff if we could try anyway.
The answer was yes! And the result is below.
The first photo is repurposed from my “likes” in week 2. The other ones were also from that time.
Have you had any experiences that seemed more than just coincidence?