Life, Death, and Sawdust
Austin-based designer and furniture-maker Michael Yates left a high-paying career in electrical engineering to pursue his true passion, woodworking, in 2003. Since that time, he’s gone from a simple, one-man shop-to leading a team of craftsmen who turn out a variety of items including tables, chairs, mirrors, and built-ins. But it was a request from his grandmother that sparked what was perhaps, his most important work: a casket befitting of his family’s matriarch.
If this short documentary produced by Dark Rye-an online magazine produced by Whole Foods Market, oddly enough-doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I’m not sure anything will.