Jul;y 10, 2013, ITE day 38. No woodworker could visit the Wharton Esherick house without becoming awestruck, it is a marvelous and unique example of a craft artist’s lair tailored precisely to that artist’s needs and sensibilities. We were agog.
It was OK to take photos outside the house but not inside, at first I was annoyed but then I reveled in my rare freedom to just soak up the experience without having to ponder the photo light and fumble the wide-angle lens. I last visited here in the early 1980s, when I photographed the house and wrote about it for Fine Woodworking magazine. That was a long time ago, today I was seeing the place anew through different eyes (well older anyway).
Anyone reading this blog who doesn’t know the Esherick story should please visit http://www.whartonesherickmuseum.org, and maybe buy one of the Esherick picture books available from the museum or from Amazon. Anyway here are a few of the photos we shot outside.