Somehow things in our modern world have moved so fast that I think the craft, care and pride has become second to strictly making money off of dumbed down consumers. Tools, automobiles, furniture, so many things seem spit out of a robotic assembly line and tossed in our faces through constant visual media.
The machine of the marketing world I think at most depends on our stressed out, overworked lifestyles to cave in and just except modern junk. It attempts to pacify our weary minds with fast buttons on amped up hand held gadgets convincing us that the next fast and gratifying minute is worth forgetting our present moment. We continue to see jobs where souls once gave their hard earned hours now being taken over by computers, robots and people so desperate they are willing to work faster, cheaper, and keep the machine of big business selling us a lot of stuff.
We live in a throw away society. I feel sad that many of todays youth feel fine being ignorant of the simple pleasures of living in order to have more gigabytes to speed things up and push buttons to make things seem fantastic. We are slowly becoming hamsters spinning around without even realizing it.
The latest phrase that the marketing ignorant are selling our modern household is “I can be the hero” I think that stinks. I think of our veterans, young men and women today without limbs…our modern world of self entitlement needs a swift kick on it’s backside and a fast dam humbling. Every time I see a WWII veteran I am in awe of them….they are hero’s. I would not even have the right to type this if not for what they did. We are losing values I fear, so many of us focused on ourselves with plastic junk that we toss away.
Well, I need to share some good things now. I am not here to blog and bum everyone out..lol.
Life is what we make it…so let’s make something!
I had these rather rectangular and boring looking hinges that I will be using for a new tool box I have been working on.
I suppose my previous rant above was in my head looking at these cheap hinges. Sure they will do the job, but I thought…perhaps I can resurrect the craft in a throw away society….jazz these suckers up a little..lol.
Here is a before and after to get the idea of the original shape:
I set about my task with a Rats Tail file and Combo file to follow my new idea. I used my Grandfather’s vise for the job. I tried a little Whitesmithing I suppose, it’s alway fun to work metal. If you do so please try and wear a mask.
Now onto the new tool box I hope to unveil in the upcoming month. I like the curves and the bit of flow these hinges give off now. It felt good to take something and customize it, sort of add your stamp on it.
Well I surely know that my little hinge operation will not solve the worlds problems, but I do think it keeps my focus on some things that are important. We all have the great option to make things, to take media of any sort, paper, music, timber, metal, etc. and excuse ourselves from throw away mass produced junk.
No matter how well or how rough our creations become, they have soul, and I like to think they honor those that paved the way for us today. Make no mistake, it is a world of wonderful things. We have made amazing gains in many fields. My thoughts are that we all need to keep the course on the shore of fast waves and ever changing tides. Unlike our computers, there are no reboots in our lives, try to enjoy each moment.
Thanks for stopping by…and file those hinges!
I will always keep a sharp saw in the till for ya,
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB