Friday, January 22, 2010

a meditation on tools



Blogger Elisabeth said...

It's wonderful the tools you include here. I especially like the last fragmented image of the computer - my most invaluable;e tool beyond the humble pen. Thanks

5:52 AM  
Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

I can appreciate the design of a good tool just like I can admire the packaging of a bottle of wine. I just don’t have any desire to use the tool or drink the wine. My wife, on the other hand, is a connoisseur of both. I view my computer more as a workspace than a tool laid out to make the tasks I have to tackle as user-friendly as possible. I don’t feel an attachment to them but then I’ve never felt very attached to any of the very many pens I’ve owned over the years.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Beyond the aesthetics of design, there is also the tactile nature of hand-tools. The feel of using them in the hands is a way of connecting to the material through the tool, no matter what tool it is, or what material is being worked, or made. Kneading a loaf of bread before baking it is a kind of earth magic of touch, and so is using a hand-drill on a slab of wood. Touch is what connects: the sense we use all the time, but perhaps take the most for granted.

I thought about including a few other kinds of tools here, but the balance was good just as it is.

11:49 PM  
Blogger awyn said...

You've just given me a wonderful name for a character in a short story I'm working on! In the first photograph, the letters in the window--"Tools" spelled backward. The character's name will be Sloot! Inspiration comes in waves from the most unusual places. Thanks, Art!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

My pleasure.

Inspiration does indeed crop up in unexpected ways, at unexpected moments. I always enjoy those moments.

11:52 AM  

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