Sunday, February 16, 2014

Go Through The Door

Booth shot at Logan, UT, Summerfest craft show, 1997
Ah, the ubiquitous and obligatory "booth shot". If you've done a craft show, art festival, street fair, you name it... they all want a "booth shot". In the twenty years I made pottery, I made quite a few different booth displays. Thankfully, I only have images from the last 15 years or so. The first few were nothing more than milk crates and wooden planks. 

After building my first "serious" booth in Ithaca, in 1994 (out of old WWII packing crate lumber and masonite) I graduated to using hollow-core doors for my both displays. Now that we are no longer selling pottery, our booth display was given to another local potter. Some of those hollow-core doors are still being used in our life as desktops, bookshelves, etc. 

It never occurred to me when I first started using hollow-core doors that they would end up being an almost ubiquitous building material. The best ones by far were the older ones with luan plywood inside them for the internal structure. The more modern ones all use a cardboard honeycomb for support. The cheaper the door, the less support on the interior support. 

Booth shot, Ithaca Festival, Ithaca, NY 2005

Booth shot in Vail, CO, 1998