Sunday, May 11, 2014

Before and after

On our recent trip to Goondiwindi for the Aspects Art Show, where my piece Bending was acquired and awarded second place, Fiona and I kept our eye out for junk and collectables shops. We managed to find a couple of good ones on the journey.

Apart from the usual stuff I search for (silver plated EPNS trays and brass, copper and rusted objects) we managed to find a number of tools with interesting pasts that we can use in our work including: a small anvil with a built in vise; an anvil beautifully crafted from a piece of 1949 railway line; a Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine from the late 1880s; and a hand operated grinder.

I spent Thursday afternoon dismantling and cleaning the various bits. I thought I would post on the before and after photos of the tools.

Small Harper anvil with vise built into it - before and after.

Anvil made from the 1949 rail line - after.

The Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine - before and after.

And the hand operated grinder - before and after

Because these items were not in such good shape they came at a lower price - but now they can be used and are worth much more - but they won't be leaving our place.


  1. Wonderful photos! I love your restoration work!

  2. Awesome, Barry!! Love that you restored these old gems!

  3. Gosh, Barry, these are all looking just grand! How lovely to restore some heritage pieces so beautifully.

  4. I have been meaning to write all week and say CONGRATULATIONS on the sale of Bending and the second place award too. I am sure it will be missed from your garden, but I am not at all surprised that the gorgeous work did not come home. And the bonus was you had plenty of room to fill up with goodies.

  5. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! such beautiful pieces restored!!! gets my blood running ... in a good way :) Congrats on the sale and award too :)


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