The Little Stool

posted by Sharon August 13, 2013 29 Comments

The tiny wooden stools in the Plimoth Plantation houses hold such charm.

They aren’t perfect or symmetrical. Pegs stick up, splinters stick out.

The bench on the front porch doesn’t look too comfortable either.

And you may have to share space with the chickens.

The stools and benches you see today are reproductions, made in the workshop on the Plantation.

One guide in an early American home told us that parents made children sit still on the stools for months. Grown-ups were busy running a household and didn’t want children underfoot. I don’t really believe that. I can’t imagine the children I’ve raised sitting still even a few minutes at age 2. But months? Really?!

When I sit and relax, I prefer a comfy couch, with lots of cushions (red, please, my favorite color). And a soft comforter at my fingertips in case of a chill in the weather.

In a larger sense, in life, we prefer the couch to the stool. When I go through a time of sitting on a wooden stool, being poked by pegs and beset by splinters, I’m wishing for comfort. When can I get up and run to the softer sofa?

I’ve read in Scripture that with endurance comes character. The people of Plimoth must have been rich with character. I believe that the wooden stool times are moving me closer, too.

How about you? Are you on a wooden stool or a plush couch this week?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Tuesday Muse, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, and Communal Global.

The photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures History and Storm, and with Nancy’s texture Argo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29 Comments

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Amanda August 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

I often think it’s foolish that my computer chair is a hard, wooden, uncomfortable one. Cushions are very nice! I like to curl up in a soft squishy chair to read.
These are beautiful photos! Such wonderful textures in the aged wood & thatched roofs.

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Mascha August 13, 2013 at 6:15 am

I love these old things. They are made with lot of attention and they often serve us much longer than the new … and they can tell so many stories –

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Pieni lintu August 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

These are so great!

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cathy @ ma vie trouvee August 13, 2013 at 7:19 am

the first photo – look like an old painting.

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Anne Payne August 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

Love the photos. I don’t ever enjoy being uncomfortable but sometimes it is necessary to get out of my comfort zone so that I can grow into the person God wants me to be.

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Coloring Outside the Lines August 13, 2013 at 9:57 am

Oh the history! I believe the story about the children being forced to sit still on the hard wooden stools. I’m thinking also of the small ones who were bundled in a wooden carrier on their mother’s backs- that must have been agony too.

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dalettre August 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

Oh, the stories they could tell! Love it.

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal August 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

Definitely atop a hard, uncomfortable stool this week! 🙂

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

Oh such a wonderful place! How deep – you’re amazing!

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kim August 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

Many of us doing willingly choose discomfort, but I agree with you, it is through times of discomfort that do the most transforming. Also, we have been studying how a good carpenter of olden days never used metal nails in construction. These are great examples of that fact!

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mscarletti August 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

Wow. I love simple wooden things. So beautiful!

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aspiritofsimplicity August 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I love those oldeny pieces. The fences are beautiful as well.

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Stephanie August 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

The Puritans were known for their rigid , austere and stern characters. Now we know why . I guess I would never have survived back then.

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Kerri August 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Beautiful captures!

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Sheila August 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Beautiful photos! The stools look uncomfortable – I’m with you, I’d choose the couch!

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Peabea August 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Life has been a mix lately for the last 4 months. Love your analogy and the pictures are great. I cannot imagine having such rough furniture, we are so blessed, but they were probably blessed in so many other ways ~ or at least I hope. Happy Tuesday.

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tinajo August 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

They have lots of charm! 🙂

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Pat August 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Great photos of Plimoth Plantation. People probably got a lot more accomplished with no comfy couch to loll about on!

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Nicki August 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Well, when my cat jump into my office chair I am left with a wooden kitchen chair. I don’t mind it for awhile, but definitely not a month’s worth. (and I carry my own cushioned behind). Lovely location for a plantation. (I am guessing, however, that after a hard days work standing in the fields, those benches and stools were a welcome sight.)

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Leave It To Davis August 14, 2013 at 4:49 am

If you mean is my life comfortable like a couch or hard like a stool, I definitely am sitting on a stool right now. Kids, no matter what age, can make life that way if they are being difficult. And my 19 year old who thinks he is grown is being difficult. So, I guess he is helping me to build character if I look at it like that. I guess I should be grateful to him, you think?

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Carmel August 14, 2013 at 4:53 am

Beautiful image of a lovely old stool.

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Pride in Photos Photography August 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Oh I don’t care how uncomfortable these adorable little stools are…they make up for it in the cuteness factor..sigh.

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Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods August 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I love these photos! The water in the first one is stunning, then I saw the chickens and I was a goner 🙂 I think the stools are beautiful works of art. I’d love to have one like that! I’m all for the rustic look.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! 🙂

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Buckeroomama August 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Reproductions or not, I love these old stools! They have such character.

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theartfuldiva August 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

neat little stools. I’d take any one of them – gladly!

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Kristen @ Creative Iphoneography August 15, 2013 at 12:44 am

Oh, this looks like such a great place to take photos. Everything has such wonderful texture and conveys so much emotion. Great photos!

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Paul O Rourke August 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Lovely blog and the photographs really capture the textures and character of the stools. Well done.

Paul,

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Louisette August 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Beautifull captures,!

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prairiejill August 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Beautiful shots! I love those little stools.

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