Q: I really like this Display Tote basket of yours. Do you still teach this?
Eric: Yes, I do. Uhm, this is a basket I did teach around the country but now it’s been retired to teaching here in Tennessee or at a private workshop.
Q: I can see why you named it “tote” but why “display?” Does that mean people can’t use it?
Eric: Ahhh, you know my feeling about naming baskets. It’s difficult to keep naming baskets. You can use it, I just came up with “display” to add to the word “tote” because I couldn’t leave it as “tote.” And, technically, it’s now called the Presentation Tote but I think I named my photo wrong when I sent it to you so you’re the only one calling it “Display.”
Q: Why do you call your work table a bench when you don’t sit on it?
Eric: Men call it a bench. Women call it a table.
Q: That makes no sense. It’s a table!! Why?
Eric: Look… men stand at a bench and women sit at a table. If I’m in my workshop and talking to my student, Mark, for example, I would say “come to my bench.” If I was talking to Ginger, I would say “come on over here to the table.” Now I’m not stereotyping anyone so don’t go and get me in trouble.
(You are getting your own self in trouble.)
Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Your “bench” question and every other time I tell you “it’s on my bench” and you lecture me on how it’s not a bench, it’s a table and that you sit on a bench and blah blah blah!
(Well, now you’re really in trouble…)