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         Nathan Stanley                               15 Jan 03

         3438 Bloomington Ave

         Mpls, M.N. 55407

         

         

         

         Dear Kieren,

         

              I feel compelled to define and digest my relationship

                                                                                           

         with you regarding woodwork, past and present, since making

         

        sense of our lives and those affecting it is natural to humans.



              Your huge amount of charm and Irishness, and extraordinary

         

         ability to highlight and market it I feel has been your



         greatest and most necessary asset buisnesswise, peoplewise,



         and otherwise.

         

              Our ideas regarding woodwork have often converged, but



         often perhaps grown apart quite dramatically.

         

              The exploitation and great advertising of the use of the



         “Irish craftsman” being flown in, and also shipment of

         

         

         every piece of wood” from Ireland makes sense as regards



         your persona and love for Ireland. I however have worked side

         

         by side happily with many Scottish, English, and even more



         Irish joiners in London, and unless there has been a huge



         renaissance in the last five years, their abilities neither



         exceeded or fell greatly below that of their American cousins,



         which I also have had the great pleasure of working with.

         

              The wage slave “Irish craftsman” working for a pub



         factory is neither free or independent; nor is he allowed



         imagination, (probably wise), however is given a reward by



         a trip to America.

         



              On the other hand the management of the Pub factory,



         despite paying trans—Atlantic costs and expensive advertising



         men and for glossy catalogs, earns enough profit by cutting



         corners by the simply.city of making many straight lines and



         not meandering to far off from the production table. I don’t



         think the situation was vastly different 100 years ago, except



         for there being an abundance of carvers and craftsmen working



         cheaply. Also the difference today is a marketing of a



         nostalgic sentiment. (Why not?)

         

              I understand your sense of a safety net using pub companies



         with it’s seal of Ireland, and the reason it fits your



         advertising agenda. Independent woodworkers are inconvenient,



         and often non-Irish. But I have a question for you. If you



         took a cross section of Joe six—packs and intellectual



         people of all walks, and showed them—Henrys den, Mark Crees



         billiards room, Damiens den, and the main bar at the Local, then



         showed them O’Donovans, Willy Rileys Pub, and Keegans Pub,



         which would they choose? I would bet my life on the answer.



         Especially in light of the contest being between the Pub



         factory and a free-Lancer.

         

              Which would Edgar Allen Poe or Oscar Wilde have chosen



         to drink in?



         Nathan Stanley