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)
So I'm googling this, and googling that, trying to get a sense of what needs to be done. All very practical stuff.
I just want to say, Mr Prowell, that I landed on your website and the course of my day has changed as surely as if an ocean wind suddenly died - dropped flat! - and my ship is now adrift. But I'm not worried. I'm going to sit back and read every single word you have written here. Not only that, I have read so much of it aloud to my partner that she finally put her newspaper down with gentle resignation and said, OK Leila, you can read me everything. Mr Prowell, your wit, your words, your writing is just marvellous. I am so enjoying every single thing you say. The beauty of passion and poetry is all the more beautiful still when unexpected. If you ever write a book, please let me know. I've got dibs out on the first signed copy. So that's it then. All the very best to you.
Well, Madame Marshy, you've written me the most pleasant little letter. The loveliest thing, and in a voice with all the entrails of having spent perhaps too much time digging through the site for the hidden asides that exist for the likes of you. Some written with a meager sense of purpose and having something or other to do with the subject at hand and some that have nothing whatsoever to do with anything at all beyond a compulsion for words and the rhythm of words and the netherreaches of a wayward mind.
I have visions of your cat and how my own, an adopted kitty at 6 months and now 9 months who insists on splaying himself out on the bed before bedtime, on his back and his big fat belly exposed like a water balloon, absolutely insisting on having that tummy rubbed. He's a character. Recently, after weeks of failed attempts, he's figured out how to climb the tree in the front yard to reach the lowest branch, where he lays perched like a lazy lion watching the world go by and the crows all freaked out that a cat has commandeered their tree and the dogs walked on a leach along the sidewalk going ballistic. His name is Mister Spots and he has stole my heart.
I like how that reads, Kathy. ". . . yet something drew me in." Maybe it was the run-on sentences, which skimp on the normal syntax of periods that serve, if nothing else, as a convenient place to dismiss the ho hum and the boring, allowing us to move on to new content, elsewhere, with those proper period thingies. Those dots.
Well ok, Mellissa. You've broken through and caught our attention. We'll reach out this afternoon.
Thanks Mindy 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.
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, are appratemtly peopled with wonderfully pleasant people who 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 your metal posts.
Thank you, Gillian.
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 us a heads-up.
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