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Scraps Breeding

Sunday, March 11th, 2007


…so here is the final scrap heap, including the slivers that found their way into the wasebasket – before I throw out anything a few of these will make their way back into the snippets collection -there’s after all a pretty fine line between slivers and strips, and one day I might just need one of them….

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

So, there was a fair bit of unpicking and re-sewing going back in some places about 10″ long a line to find a suitable starting point or get to the end of a thread, to bring all the quilting lines right out to the selvedge of the fabric – the strip of batting showing on the right side of this photo is about 1″, and the gold fabric that needed to be filled after all was about 2″ wide, and approx. 72″” long, a little more maybe. Quite fiddly – but now I am back on track and the result will be worth it. Posted by Picasa

Percussion instrument?

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

On the flea market or Trash’n’treasure stalls at a recent gas and steam festival I attended with the offsprings in Maryland recently, this object caught my attention and jumped into my hands. Its smooth well balanced form, the soft metallic rustle of tin discs and crisper rattle from within the dried gourd at the other end, all spoke to me literally, saying ‘pick me’ and ‘take me home’. So I did – I had the $10 asking price and just could not resist this unusual and somehow beautiful thing. And fortunately, although I declared it coming in, no one wanted to see it, and therefore I was spared the pain of possible confiscation.

The stallholders said they felt it is a music maker, a percussion instrument. Although it is very sturdy, I will hang it on the wall while certain little people are visiting at the end of the year. And it is made ‘confidently’ by which I mean it is well crafted – from the shiny very smooth wood, to the wire fastened around the prongs to support the metal discs; and where the stained dried gourd meets the wooden shaft, the join is covered by a 3/4 inch stip of deerskin, probably, neatly held in place with a couple of tacks, which are holding depspite that it feels old and well used. It has an air about it of African heritage, which would not be surprising considering where I found it …. and any reader with knowledge of any thing like this, I’d be interesting in hearing it.

The overall length is about 18inches; the three pronged section about 7 inches; and the gourd about 3 inches base to neck and about 4 inches widest diametre. The rusted metal/tin discs are about 1 and 1/2 inch diametre. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

The three pronged branch from a tree or bush as been carefully cut ( the piece will stand perfectly balanced on the three ends)

the wires bear totally rusted thin metal discs with holes punched through with a nail or similar – these tin discs were stamped out: there are gently raised bands around the edge and one chain-like band, all faint – embossed. I don’t think they are flattened out lids from something else, and they are too smooth-edged to have been hand cut with tin snips. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

this view shows how the wire is bound and fastened to the third branch leaving one ‘side’ open

note the lovely smooth dark shiney branch – I feel it has been stipped of bark, maybe sanded with the grain and stained with a dark or black stain – which doesn’t rub off. Posted by Picasa

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