Long ago, when it was fashionable to offer letters of recommendation to prospective patrons, the artist accumulated a portfolio of references that were as vital to his working career as the work itself. And if there happened to be, among those references, a King or Queen or member of the royal court, one stood a good chance of plying one's trade for a reasonable stipend that, in turn, allowed one to continue plying one's trade.
GENERAL COMMENTS (in no chronological order)
On Aug 9, 2016,
Thanks Melissa for taking the time. Your letter made me smile. So we're even.
Hi Lin and Dick,
Hi Gordon and Stella.
June 6, 2014
As a fellow woodworker and carpenter I'm captivated and intrigued by your exquisite products and brilliant writing.
Although I'm certainly just "A student at the feet of Masters", please allow me to point out a possible error in your web site text. Not for self aggrandizement, but because I feel you might appreciate being made aware of it, opening the way to editing it if you wish to.
Here's where it is:
On the home page of "Garden Gates", below the heading "Prowell's Signature Wood Garden Gate Designs", 5th paragraph, 3rd sentence.... between the words (with) and (significant) I believe the word (YOU) should be the word (YOUR).
Thank you for indulging me.
FAQ. I should return to read that. Not something I've done since it was composed. But reading something already written is counter productive when that time could better be spent writing something new. This morning six new things were written, in my inestimable boredom, and all of which continue this wretched addiction to words.
The first thing written, as a proviso to certain bay area patrons:
"And of course the standard we-forgot-to-mention up-charge for east-bay patrons that states, in very fine print, that if delivery falls on a day when there is a shooting in either Oakland or Richmond, a 22% combat fee is added. If the shootings result in fatalities, the combat rates double. If there is a gang war, in full bloom, and the UPS driver must penetrate either Richmond or Oakland to access Berkeley, fully armed, the up-charge is a discretionary sum arrived at pretty much by how the papers play it up and how the Prowell Woodworks staff reacts to such playing-up from the country-bumpkin safe-haven distance of rural S'ebastopol, where there was once a shooting back in the 80s when Edgar Edgar and his son Edgar Edgar Jr went dove hunting in the Laguna behind the Ford dealer and their one shot ricocheted off a no-trespassing sign to carom off the side mirror of a new F-150 and eventually clean through the front tire of little Adlai Mean's new tricycle and you'd a thought it was a gang war, given all the hullabaloo. People over-reacted--hippies mostly--and they boycotted the Ford dealer, who had only the one truck to sell anyway, and had lots of meetings and basic hippy effrontery that resulted in modifying the sign posted on Hwy 116 to
WELCOME TO SEPBASTOPOL
The building standards of Houston are like those of Vegas and Phoenix and Orlando. Three cities I tend to avoid. With Houston being fourth on that list. Markets that are simply against my architectural grain. And yet these places,Houston among them, in spite of my objections, continue to place orders.
Book: Folks assume I have oodles of time. That I play golf and body surf and ski and take daily naps followed by a daily swim and have my afternoon coffee with a crossword puzzle downtown and in the evenings read voluminously, all to fight off a nagging boredom. When the truth is that I am a working man. I work. Writing is not work. And writing a book even less so.
July 19, 2006
Jan 18, 2007, at 2:22 PM
Hello Charles - Surprise - the porch swing is FINALLY being hung today! It should be up when I get home from work today!! I will send photos shortly. I am very excited! It had to be drilled through a stucco arch, up into a supporting beam, etc. and my contractor finally had a few days to send out his exterior carpenters.
I JUST BEGAN WORKING WITH WOOD. PLEASE SEND ME YOUR BEGINNERS CATALOGS. THANK YOU.
I have a chain link fence with metal posts set in concrete. I wish to replace this with a wood fence. Can I bore out the 4x4 posts to go over the metal posts and reuse them? If so, how much of the metal post is required for stability?
Good Lord, Dave. Are you serious? First of all, where are you going to find an auger bit long enough? How are you going to drill a straight hole? The 4x4 will check and crack once you have a hole through the center, and how can you adhere it to the metal post. You better bite the bullet and jack-hammer out you metal posts.
Thank you, Gillian.
March 17, 2007
Well Mr. Prowell,
Thank you, Valerie, and a pity how a single hour serves only to break the surface, to cull you into the nether-reaches of a 700-page entreaty given as much to design, as a life lived.
Looked at your work and I think you are one of the greatest
Thank you, Kevin.
A year later Charles made a trip to Reno, to play golf and photograph the site of the above project, and attend a dinner party at the same address that night.
Hi. i saw a beautiful garden gate in my cottage living magazine. it was on page 53. it was the middle picture on the right side of the page. i didn't see this gate on your web site. i would like to know if i could purchase one like this. thank you .
I know nothing of Cottage Living Magazine and must confess that the gates occasionally appear in various publications without anyone from that publication bothering to give me a heads-up.
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