I know there is going to be a lot, and I mean a lot of discussion, re-discussion, and examination of the HO Studley Tool Cabinet and Bench coming in the next few weeks at least, if not (justifiably) for the next decade.
Don Williams has done a magnificent thing bringing the Cabinet and Workbench out into the daylight of public consumption for a weekend. He is the only man in the world who could have made it possible. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for finding the access to this masterwork, and then thoroughly documenting the tools, the bench, and the cabinet in a way to answer almost all of the possible questions.
And Narayan Nayar's phtography . . . forget about it. I don't have the words to even start.
As a docent for the exhibit I have been fortunate enough to spend a little more time around the tool cabinet than others will. I can tell you one thing for certain.
It never gets old.
It never feels like, "Oh, I've seen that before."
Sit and study for as long as you want . . . this is alien technology folks.
Studley is showing us what's possible. It's up to us to stand up to the challenge.
Seeing it in person. . .it's a paradigm shift.
A game changer.
Tonight was the open house for the vendors of Handworks 2015. As a docent it wasn't my job to watch the Cabinet or the Workbench. It was to watch the patrons.
I stood near the cabinet vitrine.
I saw the astonishment on people's faces. I heard the expletives and excitement in their voices. I saw their reaction to seeing it in person for the first time.
I could completely relate.
Ratione et Passionis