Fire; what is it all about, what does it mean to you?
I have to admit, I love fire. I love the idea of fire, how it works as a tool, for cooking, for heating. I love the fact that family and friends sit around fire, whether it be a fireplace, a campfire, or a fire pit for fun. As I was on a drive out in the country, I was amazed at the beauty of the rolling hills, the green grass and just what a beautiful day it was. I came around a corner and looked to my left and saw this old chimney standing tall in the grass. As I drove by I was just awestruck by what I was looking at. My mind started to ponder the story of the lone fireplace. When was it built? Who built it? Was it the beginning of a dream; was it to be their dream come true? That it was still standing and the rest of the structure was gone.
I continued on my journey. I could not get it out of my mind. On my way back I had to go find the fireplace. Once I found it, I stopped and walked over to the fireplace. I longed to know the history of the fireplace, what the home looked like. What was the family like? What families grew up and enjoyed the heat, the meals that where cooked on it, did it provide comfort as a baby was born, warmth during a cold winter? As I sat and thought about this particular fireplace, the questions that could not be answered, my thoughts drifted back to the fireplace and fire in general.
Times may change, rules and regulations change. All of these things impact us and what we do. Wood burning fireplaces are becoming gas burning; concrete logs that simulate real wood. Wood burning fire pits are becoming gas burning, some use logs that are so close to the original and some use colored stones. Yes the style and look may change, but the desire to use fire does not. Some are moved by a beautiful fireplace with a stone mantel surrounding it. A couple may enjoy sitting around a contemporary fire pit sharing a glass of wine in the evening. A family sitting around a campfire making s’mores and singing songs. It may mean many different things to each of us, but I believe humanity will always be moved by fire. It is these thoughts and memories that push me forward to create timeless memories to be shared for years to come.