Charlie Durfee’s Unconventional Shop Story

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In this video, Charlie explains his reasoning for his family’s unconventional journey, and how his shop sheltered more than just his tools

Charlie Durfee built a home that truly housed his whole life, with a shop for his furniture-making business downstairs, and living space for him and his wife upstairs. With its pitched, gabled roof, divided-light windows, and shingled walls, it was—and is—a homey place. But Durfee’s expanding family soon outgrew the upstairs living space, and he eventually built a new home just up the hill. Now his shop his still homey, but there’s a showroom upstairs. It is, as he describes it, a “plain, simple, practical, efficient, and straightforward” workspace. And it’s still just a short walk from home.

In this video, Charlie explains his reasoning for his family’s unconventional journey, and how his shop sheltered more than just his tools.

Video by Ben Strano


Music: “Marty, Ladies and Gentlemen!” by Doctor Turtle

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