Thursday, May 14, 2015

Studleyville USA



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
Oldwolf

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