© 2010 Lynsey

336 – The Singer

Courtesy of some kind person on Freecycle I’ve got a set of legs (and some other hardware) off an old Singer treadle sewing machine. I’m full of ideas about the best way of turning these elegant cast iron legs into the legs for the table to hold my Victorian etching press. The complex yet elegant shapes are so very carefully refined – they’re a beautiful piece of design work. Some unknown – possibly forgotten – craftsman has spent a great deal of time, and demonstrated a very high level of skill to produce the original design. The legs are designed for mass production and are identical – the holes line up – I just love it. That Victorian industrial/steampunk aesthetic and I are very attuned to each other.

I’m very lucky (and grateful) because although there is some rust, over all the condition is excellent, particularly as it has been outside in someone’s garden. When I got into scrubbing some of the rust off I could see the original black paint and gold highlighting. I now have to sort out some floor boards or similar to make the table top out of, and then printing on a more serious basis. I can’t wait!

03. Every day is an opportunity to reflect on the past.
14. Every day the ordinary can be the extraordinary.
36. Every day be still. Connect to your inner being. Listen and be guided by it.

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