Days of mak­ing do

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I loved Bernard Salt’s piece on brick and plank book­shelves (“Planks for the mem­o­ries”, Oct 13-14). I’m sure my kids don’t be­lieve my tales of road­side-scrounged fur­ni­ture, sarongs cov­er­ing door­ways, an old TV be­ing cov­ered with an­other sarong to be re­birthed as a cof­fee ta­ble. If the rent was cheap and you could con enough fel­low des­per­a­does to fill the other rooms, you moved out to glorious free­dom. Of­ten into a short run of fun and de­bauch­ery be­fore meet­ing that spe­cial some­one, get­ting hitched and hav­ing your first off­spring, all be­fore the ripe old age of 23. I think of my kids, nieces and neph­ews at the same age and they were still cos­seted chil­dren and re­mained so for long af­ter. An­thony McKen­zie Gerogery, NSW

Through­out the ’70s and 80’s I too made book­cases out of ce­ment blocks and as­sorted tim­ber lib­er­ated from build­ing sites. Let’s not for­get the mood/read­ing lamps art­fully con­structed from red street warn­ing lamps. What will be to­day’s quirky arte­facts? Millennials don’t do quirky. Too stress­ful! An­drew Kerr

Fitzroy, Vic

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