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
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
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.
in Happy Camp, CA