et al - Whoa, did you ever trip my trigger! This is a
full-fledged rant so read at your own discretion. I get
this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach followed by a
full-blown sense of righteous indignation every time I
see an old tool covered with another coat of slob art
I don't know who
told some of these folks it was "folk-art" to ruin old tools and
turn them into wall hangings and shelf-sitters to be ogled by
every half wit that can't tell the difference between art and
Folk art is
something to be treasured. It is rare and innocent and when you
see it, it has an authenticity and naivete' that is immediately
apparent. It is art borne out of necessity and was a way to
bring a sense of color and beauty into what was often a grey and
brutal world of poverty. It deserves our respect.
Every person who
decides to paint old tools should be issued a life-time supply
of cheap circular saw blades made in Taiwan or Indonesia so that
they can work this desire to create out of their system without
doing damage to that which matters and offending the senses with
Now, I'll shut
up. Thank you for listening. The opinions expressed here do not
necessarily reflect the values of the LIST MOMS. I bear sole
responsibility for the content herein.
Paul in Normal
Not too long ago
a friend brought me a mess of saws he had gotten at some sale or
other. These saws were beyond any restoration. I wouldn't even
take them home. These saws can be painted, and the world will
never miss them as they hang on some desolate wall. But, yeah, I
also object to mutilation of good useable saws. The problem is
that the saw painters have no knowledge of the value we put on
old saws. To them it is just a cheap canvas to put some paint on
and sell for a profit. They are not deliberately ruining fine
old saws. They just don't know any better.
Forgive them, for they know not what they do. Sound familiar?
James, I am not
sure who is in the position to forgive whom. Seems to me that
there are more saw and plane painters than users and collectors!
Or, maybe they are just more prolific--who can forget chartreuse
trees painted with sponges?
I'm not ready to
consign these folks to the netherworld just yet - that's not
within my purview. But, there may be a special place in
perdition for those who corrupt the values and innocence of
others. Art is more than a word and coming from the wrong mouth
it sounds like blasphemy.
I still like
giving them a lifetime supply of 99 cent circular saw blades, I
can even concede all the porcelain bed pans, sad irons and
bite-my-tongue, even the old washboards, but it pains me sorely
regarding the latter.
The one thing I
love about our country is that we have been granted the
inalienable right to make total fools of ourselves. Then, we can
get up the next day and try again to get it right. Tool painters
don't need my forgiveness, they need lessons in art! I am
content to let God sort out the rest of the problem.
think I'll keep being the voice crying in the wilderness. We all
have our soapbox issues that keep us occupied. I think we all
need a little fire in the belly to keep us from getting