Aaron Reed is a great friend of mine. We’ve woke up in over 10 countries together, achieved greatness, endured hardships, dodged misfortunes and undoubtedly…persevered with enormous smiles on our faces. He wears many hats…my muse, water dancer, facial hair expert, Obscura Wakeskates co-owner, husband, father of 4 dogs and just to tip the scales….woodworker. His obsession for wood was apparent early with his campaign to help make wood wakeskates work in it’s biggest enemy, water. He succeeded. He’s built more sliders (thats what we used to call them) than this ol’ dog has years under his belt. I just hit 40 btw. Yeah. So this great friend I speak of decided to fly himself, sweaty palms and all, back to Florida for my birthday. He spent 4 days down in my barn constructing this cedar picnic table with his bare hands. Well, he used some tools too. It was my birthday present. And what a beautifully constructed present it was. As a photographer…I see things, make the world what I want it to look like all right there in a little square and put it out there for people to connect with. Thats my creation. But making something out of raw materials that will have form, tangibility, and functionality has always blown my mind. I enjoyed documenting him in his element. We all go through the same process…. the idea, the plan, the expectations, the doubt, the worry, the adaptation, the acceptance and finally the success of making something that brings happiness to others. Aaron, thanks so much for beautiful table. A little bit more of your soul lives in our backyard now.
Aaron’s working on an Esty site right now, so stay tuned for more of his work. Reach out and tell him you love him…or have him build you something.