There’s a tree in Passage de Bourg l’Abbé, well seasoned and neatly planked, stacked outside the furniture maker’s shop.  From the remaining scraps of bark I think it’s an oak tree.

 

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In the city trees line the street or shade benches in the park.  Timber comes in regular, squared lengths in the hardware shop.  This stack of planks, so obviously a tree trunk, seems both a memorial and a celebration.

 

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Ivan Lulli is the last ébéniste in central Paris, survivor of a trade that was once the mainstay of economic life in several different quartiers.   There’s a glimpse inside his workshop here.

 

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The window display showcases two extraordinary pieces of furniture, one rustic, one refined.

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