Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Woodworking minus

 patience equals firewood.
~Author unknown

As I make my way through the shop, I stop periodically and reflect on how much our culture has changed.  I uncovered a folding rack dated 1872.  I could not get it to focus well, but it is stamped into the back of one of the pieces.
 
Now someone made this, not a machine, and then stamped the patent date into the back.

It has the white ceramic tips...and when you think of the design, it is clever.  It would ship easily and be flexible to fit into any space.

Again...wood...look at the frame on this mirror...
And a shelf from the Victorian era..
I have been talking about the changes in retail, and these changes do get magnified when you look at products from previous generations.

I love carved objects also.  Who will be the carvers of the 21st century?  Who will put the phone down lone enough to pick up a carving tool although I did see a magazine devoted to carving --Woodcarving Illustrated.  The web site is interesting, and it appears that a woman is Woodcarver of the Year, but the carvers featured are baby boomers.

I have this sweet owl standing on a open book...
Then there are the European souvenirs...


The one shoe has Brest France Aug 1944 carved into it.  When I looked that up, I found out it was a major battle.  For the history buffs, "the Americans, along with the FFI, had to attack and destroy over 75 strong points in the city. It was slow and time consuming work. By the time of Germany’s surrender on September 18th, the Americans had lost 10,000 killed and wounded. Brest was destroyed – including its harbor. Rather than risk the same at Lorient and St. Nazaire, the Americans simply surrounded the ports for the rest of the war and kept the Germans where they were. Their surrender came at the end of the war. The need for the port facilities in Brittany became redundant when Antwerp was captured in November."

It rather interesting that someone took the time to carve that date into the shoe.  Of course, the florals are nicer since they do not require one to think beyond the carving.  The little jewel box would be a neat gift package for a gift card or a small treasure...think outside and inside the box!

So, just a little insight into some of the treasures you might not even think about in this Instagram/Pinterest world where you really cannot appreciate the nuances of the items when they are flat on a screen.  And in our mass produced society digital age, this is an interesting thought from Elbert Hubbard who lived during the Industrial Revolution...
“One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” 


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