Back in 2013 a local family-owned business and community landmark closed its doors after more than 60 years in business. Months later, I walked in the back door of the Orange-Durham Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlet and was greeted by the remains of the massive sign that had fronted Dickinson's Garden Center. The beautiful wooden letters had already been scavenged from the double-sided 4' x 8' all-wood sign leaving only shadows of their outlines behind.
I convinced the Mister and the teenagers to load up the sign and bring it home. I'd thought I'd be able to rehome it, find a good family, maybe in a garden somewhere or as a great piece of wall art (or wall) on an outbuilding or barn, topped with glass as a beneath-the-trees table even, but months passed and no one was quite as taken with the flakey giant as I was.
It was a hard call but eventually, I came to suspect that the sign was meant for a real make-over, a real second-life. It convinced me that it might be destined to become a fresh batch of wooden hearts, unlike any that I'd made before.
More about those hearts later.