The gallery

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The craft’s art in linseed-oiled silk-smooth oak stirs
a deep response before we’ve stepped fully
into the gallery-space and one senses
immediately the artisan pride
in the room and even sight of the curtain
brings to hearing the clatter of a loom
like the one in the three storeyed weaver’s house
a friend set to restoring forty years
ago where I could close my eyes and yet see
before them the handwritten indenture
that certified a joiner’s licence to hew
and fashion extraordinary ceiling
beams in seventeen fifty two – and here
today’s table is such a craftwork too

Simon Marsh

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