Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to alert you to a new threat to the craft of woodworking we love so well.
They are not as canvas- and perspective-deprived as the dreaded saw painters. Nor are they as destructive as the “make these moulding planes into lamps” crafters. But they are a threat nonetheless.
Today I visited my favorite jewelry maker to pick up some things she had made for my daughters. As with most craftsmen, she also has a side-line business, selling antiques. As we browsed her store I was stopped short by the following sight.
A bunch of perfectly good oilcans. Some with flowers stuffed in their spouts. Some…. painted.
I tried to look away, but I could not.
Despite the price tags on these little beauties, I decided to adopt one from this tin-can shelter, remove its “slave collar” – a blue and white ribbon – and put it back to work in my shop before it spent the rest of its days next to some Hummel figurines.
If you don’t have an oilcan, I recommend you do your part. They are approximately 6,000 times better than applying oil with a spray bottle. You can put a dab right where you need it. And you won’t spray your bench or your clothes.
And the little buggers will be so grateful.
— Christopher Schwarz
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