Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Object of the Day 23 - Brayer

Finally, a tool I actually have used. It's a Speedball brayer for rolling ink over plates, metal, wood, or linoleum,, prior to printing them. I don't love it, but it gets the job done. This is the size that works for a small home studio. I still miss the big, big rolling brayers we used in art school for lithography.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Object of the Day 22- Contour Gauge

This quite handy device is for copying irregular shapes in buildings such as fitting flooring around pipes or odd corners. It's made up of many thin steel pins that move individually. This was in my dad's double decker red tool box that we brought back from Eastern Washington. My dad built rustic side tables
from wood felled on his property.  I've never used it for it's intended purpose, but it's fun to play with.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Object of the Day 21 - Air Brush

As a requirements for high school graduation, my son had to complete senior projects. He and a friend decided to make T-shirts air brushed designs. We bought this set second-hand from a guy who lived on a tiny island on Lake Washington that is connected to the mainland of Seattle. I had no idea this place existed. We parked at street level and entered the backyard of the main house. A long flight of steps led down to lake level where a little guest house nestled on the shore. I was so envious. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Object of the Day 20 - Furniture Mover

We have four of these wheeled devices and they are a blessing when moving heavy furniture without scratching the wood floors. At one point,  I even kept them under my mother's old dresser to facilitate moving it around the living room when I rearranged. That dresser has gone to my daughter's house and four of these little beauties are available for other redecorating projects.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Object of the Day 19 – Toy Tow Truck

The first vehicle I chose and bought for myself was a used Datsun pick-up truck with a stick shift. It was turquoise. I loved my truck. I still remember the smell, a mix of vinyl, dirt and oil. I had sedans after that but never felt any fondness for them until we bought a minivan which I liked so much I named it named Baby.

I loved Baby almost as much as the truck. I had the truck in Southern California where the open bed didn't matter. Baby was perfect for Seattle and I hauled a lot over the years: art supplies, my inflatable kayak, building supplies, and people. There is something so satisfying about being able to haul big things around.

Baby was a perfect companion for 20 years. When it was time to replace it, I wistfully thought of a truck, but the truck landscape has changed greatly from the 70s. What would have been a large truck is now called a small truck and big trucks are monsters perfect for taking that hay out to the back 100 to feed the cows. To see someone climbing out of one of these in the grocery store parking lot is odd. And I do mean climb. You need a ladder to reach the running board. Besides the fact that they look absurd in an urban setting, they are hard to justify in terms of money or the environment.

Other countries still make little trucks, adorable little trucks, but car manufacturers think Americans want giant vehicles with giant price tags. So we replace Baby with a sedan. Sigh.

This truck was Micah's. I appropriated it because I love trucks (well that, and he grew up). If I could find a small truck with good gas mileage at a great price, that is what I would drive. For now I collect toy trucks.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Object of the Day 18 – Aluminum Pulley

There are a few pulleys downstairs in the basement. I suspect these were for some project for the kids to haul things into the playhouse or across the yard.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Object of the Day 17 – Robot Clock

I love this little guy. I asked for him for a Christmas or birthday. Unfortunately, he didn't work for long, but he sure is cute.

Update: After I published this on Instagram, a friend @cjh_ny54 Carol Hansen let me know she had the same clock and suggested I try changing the battery. I scoffed to myself because of course I would have tried that right? But why not give it another go. New battery and voila! he now keeps perfect watch over the progress of Object of the Day drawings.