Yet Another Visit

Was at Masters again today (legitimate trip, buying some bolts and timber for the cot project).

Got blown away by the bolt section. There are all the usual suspects, but what I then found were the specialist drawers! I was in heaven- so many awesome types of bolt, screw, washer etc etc in all sorts of material- steel, brass, zinc coated, nylon etc.

Masters collection

Masters collection

In the photo is just one set of the cabinets of about 4! I have no idea how they intend to keep them stocked, especially now I’ve found them. Hope there isn’t too much theft too- having free access to these drawers is very cool.

I can well imagine some of these units making their way home, but they look like they’d be worth a small fortune. On the other hand, being 2 minutes away, do I really NEED them in my already crowded workshop?

(“Of Course, stupid question!” is actually the correct answer as any shed dweller will tell you!)

The frailty of substance

If you ask people what they like about timber, and products made from wood, there are a number of adjectives that will be common: the warmth, the texture, the feeling that the item is real – it has density, weight, a solidness.

So it is also quite disturbing that something so seemingly solid can become translucent when it becomes thin.  This characteristic has been used to great effect by designers and woodworkers over the years – even I have a few times (although not always deliberately!)

However, it can be used in stunning ways too:

These lamps are called “Wise One Pendants” from Mammalampa.

Then there is the so called “Crack Bowl Pendant Lamps” by Kwon Jae Min.  You could misinterpret the title, until seeing them in person of course!

These are not thin enough for translucency, but the features and cracks allow the light to bleed, adding to the beauty.

This same concept is used in another natural timber product – cracked log lamps by Duncan Meerding.  As featured on the blog allthatiadore.

Amazing work by some incredibly clever and imaginative designers.


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