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Back in the Saddle...

 

Back in the saddle again...

My most humble gratitude goes out to you, my friends, who came on like the Light Brigade in my time of need.  Only the porch is the porch, like no place else.

Saw nibs??  Well, look at everything else from the time period when nibs were popular.

Look at the carved handles??  They don't look plain to me! Chip carving??  Nobody wonders what purpose chip carving was added for.

Look at the furniture.  Pressed back chairs and rockers in the parlor and elaborately pressed manganese glass dishes and glasses, even if you were poor.  Hand carved inlaid furniture with sumptuous curves on every surface and actual brilliant period cut glass if you weren't poor. 

Meticulously lithographed tin wind up toys for the kiddies, cut glass bud vases in the better automobiles.  Look in any old hardware catalog.  Everything beautiful, nothing minimal.

Every detail of life was ornamented.  Art Nouveau to rip your heart clean out, art deco, Herter Brothers sky's the limit styles available anywhere back then.  No particle of the boxy plain black spray paint you see in the furniture stores today.  The furniture of 1900 was delivered in crates that look like today's modern furniture.

It can't be any wonder that the top line saws all had style. The fact that they all copied each other shows some lack of imagination but at least they tried to have some style.  The only reason we wonder today, is because so few in the commercial world even try to have any style anymore.

Form follows function, or in other words, "how crappy plain cheap can we make it?" is the credo of today's mass manufacturing, plain and simple.

The question as to why weren't there nibs on the skewback saws??  I'm guessing the long swoopy curve of the skewback didn't have a plain uninterrupted straight back that needed a nib to break up the line.  A nib would have been kind of like a belt and suspenders on the same pair of pants, of a look. 

Plus art deco was becoming popular when the skewbacks were coming in.  Art deco relies on the overall shape of an object for it's style and not the details.

yours, Scott
in Happy Camp, CA
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Scott Grandstaff
January, 2007


 
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