When I first wrote about these wonderful garden art tool critters, I wondered why I don’t see that many rusty, old tools at local auctions. Well, I think this collection may be one of the reasons why! It’s an epic colleciton and I admit I’m rather envious. I could make a lot of garden art with these ones.
True confession. Sometimes when there are masses of similar items together, it gives me the creeps. It can be 100 earwigs or 2000 tools on a wall. There’s just something that gives me the willies.
But, it’s also intriguing. And I do love some history and rust in the garden which you can see here: Rusty Garden Art Gallery
I saw this display of tools on a garden tour. It’s probably not really The World’s Largest Tool Art Collection but it’s certainly a good start.
Of course I had to examine each one. I adore older, handmade tools like this barrel-shaped mallet:
I also love pulleys and ice picks. Big old plumbing wrenches are pretty cool too. I see them in the thrift shops all the time and have to force myself not to buy them. I mean, I really don’t need them and I battled clutter for years (now in recovery). But still, there’s something so great about them.
I just tell myself, you don’t have to own something to enjoy it.
How cool is this pulley and rope system? Art, function, and history all in one. Love it.
Much of the wall is covered in wrenches. Apparently a lot of people give up their wrench sets. Or don’t take them with them when they go.
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Another pulley! That one belongs at my place. I’m sure of it.
Do you see what I mean that it gets a little creepy when you see how many there are? I really don’t mean it in a bad way. I’m still more intrigued than freaked out.
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But I’d also gladly take home all of my favourite ones to ease up the load. And yes, I also love horseshoes. And weird metal rings.
The other thing I noticed was how many screws were used to hang the tools up. At twenty cents per screw, two or more per tool, we’ll say 2000 tools. That’s a lot of money right there. This isn’t just a collection. It’s an investment.
If you examine the photos, you can see there’s room for quite a few more along the bottom of the wall. And once it’s filled up, they can start on the other side of the building.
Go big or go home!
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