There is much babbling in the alt-politic community about the “buy local” phenomenon; a return to the roots and away, ostensibly, from the creative destruction of capitalism and a time travel voyage to more idyllic conditions, a kind of American Belle Epoque around Walden Pond or Brook Farm. We just put on sale some easels from Winsor & Newton that are made in China. Very nice quality construction that we normally don’t carry, but can sell if we pick them up on discount for holiday selling.
There are people, and were “crafts-people” who made them in Quebec, but buy local is not the kind of voluntary simplicity one would expect. In fact, its pretty complicated. They never arrive on time; always some unforseen reason like the maker’s mother-in-law’s dog died. Suddenly. And before the arrangements were completed it was another week delay or; the maker complained that he is now 50 years old! And one cannot expect him to make too many easels in too short a time for someone getting on in years! Also, these imported easels are stained and have an overall superior quality.