09 September 2012

Life's Lessons Learned from a Keystone K310

What is a Keystone K310 you may ask?  A vintage slide projector.  An old clunky projector that I've been tripping over in my studio for weeks.   I picked it up for close to nothing at goodness knows where, and it's been haunting me.

dismantlement (whatta word!) in progress

Yesterday, I decided to just deal with it. (my new motto!) 

My original intent was to sell it.  I've seen them go on Ebay for $50.00 and more.  But the shipping would have been prohibitive;  that baby was H.E.A.V.Y.  Not worth the energy to box it up and lug it to the post office.  I had a better idea.  Scrap it for parts.  I figured there had to be a number of cool gizmos and whosiwhatzits in there.  And with my new passion for creating assemblage pieces...

I wasn't wrong.  There were a lot of interesting parts inside.  But beyond that, there were three lessons this process reinforced, dispelling, to a degree, the notion that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks".  Amazing that a seemingly simple task could reinforce tenets on life we've learned/garnered over the years.

1.  Having the right tools for a job is essential.

2.  Bigger is not always better. (despite what they say!)

yep, at some point, I used every one of these little tools...
3.  Persistence is key.  

I spied this gear early on.  Wasn't leaving it for the junk pile.  It took me over 45 minutes to get to it, but I did it.  I persevered because it was important to me.

Why am I bothering to relate this to you?  I'm not sure.  These ideas were running through my mind as I completed my task, and I thought they were worthy of sharing.  And, I was also thinking that, in my mind, that's what this whole blogging thing is about.  Processing.  Learning.  Sharing.  

So, now, I'm off to visit some other blogs, and see what everyone else is sharing today .  But I'll leave you with a few shots of the "physical" fruits of my labor - hopefully,  soon to be seen in some assemblage art piece I will create....

Till next time...hope you're enjoying a lovely early Fall day.  Would love to know what you thought of this post!

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