is Jackie and Jim Chobot, - that's it; a small company, yet a powerful
force. Jim creates and turns fantasy into fact. Jackie's invisible
glue on the nuts and bolts holds the enterprise together. She also
manages our daystall at Pike
Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
It all starts at the beach. Living on an island makes this part
easier. Blessed by the Northwest's abundance of trees, rocks, and
tides, each day new gifts of driftwood present themselves to be
incorporated into chairs, benches and stools, tables and other furniture
It is always a pleasant and expanding thought that the driftwoods
navigate their way from some distant mountain forest to Vashon
Island. Cut perhaps by a beaver, maybe shrugged off an ancient
tree in a sudden gust of wind, or carried off in a small rockslide....
whatever the causes, these limbs and trees find their way into the
streams and rivers that hurry them down to the sea, tumbling and
scraping off bark and branches along the way. Seaborne, they are
tossed back and forth by the tides, they drift in the currents and,
at their convenience, they arrive on the beaches of Vashon Island.
It seems that Jim and Jackie just happen to be on the shore to meet
the driftwood that arrives on the tides. Well, it just seems that
way, and after years, this mystery has become the ordinary. Jim
and Jackie gather the treasures and take them home to the workshop.
Here they are combined, with the help of Jim's hands into functional
works of art. At long last, and just at the right time, the right
people come along and hear the song that tells them that this piece
of Neptune Furniture is theirs. There is no resisting the knowledge
that this was made for them.