Friday, January 08, 2010

Glue and glee

This is about a tourism promotion stall with a difference; one where I found brushes besides brochures, experienced creation of an artefact rather than mere conversation with an agent and instead of poring over coffee-table books, put together a table of my own!

What can beat the joy of doing it yourself?
So what if it's just a desk the size of an elf?

Unchanged in shape from Korea's ancient halls...
It's now a plaything's size in airport stalls.

The humble desk of which I will now speak...
Is fashioned neither of sandal nor teak.

Leftover chips from some far-Eastern woods...
By visitors' hands become goodwill's goods!

Legs, boards and drawers, each as a puzzle-piece...
Are in curious hands made whole with ease!

Watching this while in a bored wait we stand...
Why not we ourselves at this try our hand?

So thinking, my grown-up shyness I shun...
With some glue and more glee the desk I fashion!

The desk which to start with, plain pine has been,
Now awaits to get an ebony sheen...

To paint it black at first seems quite artless,
But some care it takes to get a coat spotless...

Up, down and from the sides if you peep...
A streak of pine from ebony might creep!

Returning to the jar a content brush...
I resume my journey with less haste and rush...

The toy desk was in its own right a stage...
For the play of childhood untouched by age!

While participating in the kyunsang desk-making activity 
at the Korean Traditional Cultural Experience Center, 
Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea
7th January 2010

5 comments:

Deepan said...

Wow! Sounds fascinating. Can you post a picture of this?

Seeker of Truth said...

Turns out I wasn't the only one fascinated enough to blog about it...Here's another post with a picture of the kyungsang desk. The one in the pic is a merry red though mine is an austere black.

Seeker of Truth said...

http://yanonsecondthought.blogspot.com/2009/12/experiencing-korean-culture.html

nitin said...

"...the play of childhood untouched by age!"

This line made me smile. :)

It's a very nice composition; probably as good as the table in the picture in Yan's blog!

Seeker of Truth said...

@Nitin

Perhaps the real challenge is to keep our childhood untouched by age, but still keep the wisdom of our years in touch with the child within!