I kind of expected what we've seen so far... human beings do not
want to face "unpleasant" facts. If given the opportunity the
majority will shy away.
As some of you know, I've been more than a little close to the
reality several times recently... and when you get that close your
entire way of thinking changes.
I would bet that no one who knows me would deny that I am a bit
obsessed! From the minute I wake up - 'till the wee hours of the
night - I am constantly immersed in metalsmithing. (There are some
exceptions - like when I'm doing electrical, plumbing, sheetrock,
or what ever it takes to make a better place to do the
metalsmithing. My wife wishes I'd spend half as much time on the
house maintenance & repairs:)
The breakfast table is covered with magazines and books. I NEVER eat
without reading. The bathroom (perhaps the best private place:) has
more reading material than towels! And I read 'till I fall asleep
in bed. During the day, I am always writing, or at one bench or
another, or out in the tool room making more tools to do the
So far, I am leaning towards appointing a handful of friends to see
to it that all this "stuff" in my personal studio is placed in the
hands of other individuals as "bent" as I am. Perhaps those friends
will be cussing me for doing this to them? I'm wondering what kind
of parameters they'll find to use as a benchmark test to qualify
recipients? There are people out there who are close to as obsessed
as I am, but those that I've run across are mostly pretty well set
up. I'm sure there are those who for lack of funds, bad
circumstances, or some other barrier holding them back - a little
"jump-start" might just push 'em over that last little hump.
The contents of the school will probably end up in Taxco, Mexico -
one of my favorite places on this planet. But even that is not
decided for sure yet.
I'll try to distill as much as I possibly can from my notebooks in
useable form, booklets at least, books if I'm given the time.
Donating them to some archive somewhere where they'll just be
another dusty stack in a corner doesn't appeal to me much. Putting
them online in their current form wouldn't be of much help to
anyone and involves just too much time in relation to how useful
that would be. I think I've decided who's gonna get the 500 plus
books - someone that I know will go through every single page in
every single one - as I did.
Hasn't anyone out there DONE SOMETHING to guide those that will be
left behind? Or is everyone just gonna accept that family and
relatives will put most of the stuff in a garage sale or post it to
Ebay? All those years you put into developing your "style(s)" and
collecting the contents of your studios aren't worth anything?