Bill, Anthony and Galoots,
This saw painting business has been a special
irritant to me since the days when I inherited a
secretary who painted on anything and everything.
Believe it or not, she helped put her son through
medical school selling painted bed pans and saws
etc. I couldn't argue with a mother doing right by
her son and she had a ready market for her stuff.
Then I got to thinking about her painted tools. We
codgers, at least many of us, got our tools cheap.
We bought them up before there was a real market and
back when you could go to a farm auction and leave
with a truckload of tools for not much cash. That is
quickly changing as people skim off the best tools
and demand "market" price or
an figuremore correctly -
whatever the market will bear! It has already put
many old tools out of the reach of new Galoots and
the farm supply is quickly drying up.
Here is the heretical thought.
I consider most of
the tool painting a variety of slob art that will
not be destined to become tomorrow's hot item in the
Museum of Modern Art and it is too imitative to be
So maybe, just maybe, these crappy
paintings hide the next generation's untapped tool
supply? Most of us have already stripped somebody's
paint job off of an old tool so maybe the next
generation will take this ersatz art and hit it with
the paint stripper and find tomorrow's tool
Maybe the saw painter has saved the saw
from a rusty grave - for awhile? We see those
neglected, unwanted saws at almost every flea.
This is just the musing of an old fart with time to
think. And, by the way, I think a coat of KILZ under
the painting will stop the bleed-through problem
with the painting - just in case you get the urge to
paint your saws. Duckin' and Hidin' behind My
Recliner - I don't run much!
Paul in Normal,