This is the title song of an album by Bok, Muir and Trickett.
Gordon Bok wrote this about ths song in the album's liner notes:
"Elmer Beal is from Blue Hill, Maine. He's a farmer, woodcutter, educator and musician, and a maker of fine songs. He's also a member of Maine's favorite acoustic group, Different Shoes. Elmer says he wrote this for his wife, Carole, a potter, inspired by the optimism in her work, at the time it takes between starting the job and seeing the results. "