Some creations endure centuries.  I’ve always had great admiration for things that truly last.  Usually, there’s craftmanship involved that builds up over long periods of time.

In my own family history, one of my greatgrandfathers built great furniture:


Door built by my (great)*grandfather in 1772, Bavarian National Museum, Munich.

A hundred years later, this craftsmanship developed to this point:


The King’s bedroom in the “Disney castle”, Neuschwanstein, Germany, built by my greatgrandfather.

Another hundred years later, this line of work went out of business — no-one willing to pay for such work any more was the word.  (Then again, just a few decades later, we’ve got Russian oligarchs needing seemingly just that kind of expertise for equipping their yachts.)