“A Dream Come True”

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(Claire Fuller)

Yoshio loves the sounds of the various power tools used by woodworkers as they construct “Handmade by Amish” tables and chairs that are advertised on the giant billboard along the highway. Sometimes he succumbs to their music and allows his mind to drift to his early days as an immigrant from Hokkaido.

He arrived in America with the dream of coaxing art from wood. Reality hit early and Yoshio started the workshop to support his family. Now he works alone in a corner, using the hand tools he brought with him as he creates exquisite sculptural objects for favored collectors.

(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. January 31, 2014.)

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28 Responses to “A Dream Come True”

  1. The relief in working by hands.. That’s sure paint a whole history of a man making the necessary compromises….

  2. Sandra says:

    Nostalgic and poignant. A feel-good story.

  3. How fulfilling to be able to make things like that! I enjoyed this, vb. I’m glad he could both support his family and make art.

    janet

  4. A story of success. A lovely written piece.

  5. If I’m reading this right, there is irony here in that his workshop is making Amish furniture. He really is the entrepreneur and a fine craftsman.

    • vb holmes says:

      You’re right, Lynne–the Amish don’t use power tools so the billboard advertisement is, I’m afraid, intentionally misleading. I put that in to complicate Yoshio’s character a bit by making him a slightly tarnished businessman as well as a dedicated fine artist.(It’s hard to remain an idealist when there’s no food on the table.)

  6. You mean they’re not made by the Amish? Say it ain’t so!!!!
    I’m not writing this week, but I’d love it if you’d drop by my blog for a second anyway, I posted a big announcement today

  7. Linda Vernon says:

    I love “coaxing art from wood” — It’s sad the way money always has to complicate the dream. Good story!

  8. This is done well. It warms the heart.

  9. camgal says:

    Really warm story 🙂 much needed

  10. Dear VB,

    You’ve done a great job of coaxing art from words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  11. atrm61 says:

    Yoshio is a man who has been able to balance both the practical side of life by starting the workshop,yet not abandoning his dream and keeping his craft alive-a rare combo:-)Loved this lovely story Vb:-)

  12. storydivamg says:

    I got a chuckle reading “Handmade by Amish” following the bit about power tools. I like the story. Not sure I really understand who Yoshio is. A Japanese immigrant?

    All my best,
    The English girl who grew up in Amish Country (aka MG)

  13. What a lovely story. Do you have contact details for Yoshio?

  14. VB,
    despite the economic reality of having to mass-produce furniture, I’m glad he could realize his dream of making art from wood. What a great, unique take on this.
    -David

  15. rgayer55 says:

    Beautifully written, VB. I love the way you coax art from words.

  16. JackieP says:

    Being an artist and having to be a business person as well is sometimes difficult. And people ‘see’ what they want to see, not what is necessarily there. As in Amish pieces being made with power tools. Good story vb.

  17. Nan Falkner says:

    He’s a master wood worker. Good story!

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