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Honoring the Maker

By: Susan Den Herder

In the words of my favorite farmer-poet-essayist,  “…to make a product that is not both useful and beautiful, is to dishonor God, nature, the thing that is made, and whomever it is made for.”  Common Good Things, an initiative of Coracle, is a growing collection of products that aim to bring honor in the ways Wendell Berry suggests in his essay on responsibility to the natural world.  Through the making and selling of these goods, we try to be faithful stewards of creation by responsibly sourcing our materials and ingredients and recently by introducing low-waste and plastic alternative products.  We honor makers and their processes by focusing on handmade items that represent true skill and craftsmanship (handmade soap, carved wood, hand-poured candles).  And we meticulously design and package each item so it can bring delight as a gift or simply add beauty to one’s own home.

Our twice yearly “pop-up shops” are an exciting time for us to bring the whole collection to one place, introduce new products and offer a little something extra by way of tastings, demonstrations and sneak peeks.  It is also a chance for us to engage with those who buy our products and to connect our customers to some of the makers who crafted their purchases. This Saturday (5/4) we will gather in Falls Church with all our goods, including some exciting new items and collaborations from local makers.  After Tara Haley shows us “How to Dress a Spring Salad,” we’ll taste the finished dish and sip cold brew coffee from our local roaster in New Market, VA. With Mother’s Day around the corner, we hope you’ll find gifts to bless the mothers and mother-like women in your life. In the spirit of honoring “whomever it is made for,” we hope that might be you.  Join us: Saturday, May 4th from 10am – 12:30 pm (demonstration at 11am) at the home of Robert Mackay: 903 Parker Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046.

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