Friday, February 08, 2008

100 Word Stories: Relatively, it is very small

In the working week, the tools operate on teeth, scrape and push, cut and encourage them into health. Gloved, masked, watched by hopeful, scared eyes. It is a form of carpentry. Building, shaping, making, tooling things to fit, to function. Teeth to fit together, an acceptable bite, removing pain.

He has another set of these tools. After hours, they shape slivers of exotic timbers into inlay work too small to be done without magnification and good light. People close their mouths on the weekaday work his hands create – and let them fall open at the fineness of his weekend carpentry.


candyschultz said...

Egad Rooru, these are really good. You should do a book of them.

rooruu said...

Thank you, Candy - what lovely feedback. They're a good writing exercise, and fun to play with.