Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ruffly

Greetings fine people, I am still working on making my studio more functional and I must say, the quality of products out in the world has proven to be less than satisfactory. I ordered two new tools from Rio Grande, one had a weld missing and it's hard to believe someone packed it from the factory with the vise handle not even attached, so I called and sent it back. The next tool was so hard to figure out we had friends here and between four adults (one an auto mechanic) we were all puzzled, instructions in hand a video provided....what? My friend, the mechanic went to the hardware store the next day and brought the gift of gifts, a small plastic housing that I would have never known existed, installed it and now it works. I was on the phone again the following day to Rio with more questions. "It wobbles" I said, they told me to true it up with a file, which didn't work so that will be sent back too. I had to go to Harbor Freight and if you haven't been the smell alone will kill you, when you pop the door you will get smacked in the face with the smell of machine oil mixed with rubber. The tools are cheap and sub par and they didn't have anything resembling what I was looking for. We bought two shelf brackets and couldn't figure out why the level was reading so off until we held the brackets together and realized one was welded wrong, so back to the hardware store.. This is a small project but it seems to be fraught with so many problems, it had me feeling like a ruffled grouse. I tried to make things yesterday but nothing I put together looked right, the stones were all wrong,.....I wanted to get on my motorcycle and ride away, earrings flapping in the wind, only I don't have a motorcycle and it was too hot anyway.

so

I just sat and made stars and decided to create my own universe....


I woke up and offered myself to the hills, feeling a bit more like a towhee today, how are you?
Are you a dove, a bower bird, a chicken with her head cut off, a coopers hawk zeroing in, tell me I want to know.

xoxo tow Ro

19 comments:

  1. I'm sorry that you had so many problems along the way. Quality really has come down--way down.

    I think that's why there is so much interest in really old, vintage tools. They were made right and will last longer than we will! It's too bad that there aren't vintage versions of everything available.

    Good luck on finding good tools and the studio hardware that you need. :)

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    1. Vintage tools, I agree, I have an old shoemakers hammer I cherish with an oak handle, built to last!

      It's just kind of mind boggling how many bumps occurred along this short road.

      UUU I'm almost there!

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  2. I WISH I were a white pelican, cruising around the lake out here right now or riding the warm air currents with the occasional "Dude, check that out," escaping my beak as some family of newly-fledged mallards wobbles on weak wings below us...

    ...BUT right now, I am more like a very-lately hatched mallard (the downy ducklings I saw two weeks ago) still figuring out those darn wings and treading water in the meantime as the wind picks up around here and creates whitecaps across my lake surface.

    Still swimming....

    Oh, your tools! A muleskinner's gotta have the right tools!!!!! Glad to see you made some stars out of the whole mess...we could all use a little more stardust in our lives.

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    1. awww how cute you are downy duckling, keep at it, at least it's cool!

      Muleskinners , gotta keep them mules shawed, giddy up!

      More stardust always!!

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  3. wow, you have been around the mill and back, sort to speak, huh?!
    well, since I'm pretty busy today myself, I'm going to go with the Hummingbird... flitting from one task to another...
    :-)

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    1. zzzzzzzZZZZZZZ keep your buzz on :) I know the feeling!
      xoxo

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  4. You described what I go through most of the time...I am glad you seem to be over the hump, right? : )

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    1. I know Mona, it's really what we learn to accept and expect, still there were too many in a row, I began to become grumpy, over the hump, back downhill now.

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  5. For a split second, I really thought you had a motorcycle.....that was exciting. :)

    Okay, today I am a towhee, bustling about here and there....minding my own business, getting things done!

    Sorry to hear you have been having such a frustrating time with the quality/ designs of your tools.

    You've got us ALL seeing stars Ro with that ring. Gorgeous!!

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    1. When I was in my late teens I had a small motorcycle I rode to work, I loved it but my dogs could never come with :)

      Me too being a towhee is not a bad bird to be, I always want to be a towhee and be in your club............Club T :)

      Thank you my lapis friend.

      xoxo

      tweet tittle tiddle

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  6. "I just sat and made stars and decided to create my own universe...."

    ...and so you did...and so you do, just one more thing I love about you.

    (You know, of course, you had me at the beginning of your post with that stunning raven tile. And a raven I would be...)

    xxx

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    1. (Hm, although with that tail, perhaps it's a crow??)

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    2. You are very observant my sweet friend it is indeed a crow.

      I know you often create your own universe too, why not if you can, do it!

      I love you back.

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  7. It is so frustrating buying things sometimes. I feel like I've turned into my grandmother, but they really don't make things like they used to! :( You shouldn't have to file things down or attach housings, it should just work when you get it. Argh.
    Love your pictures and your universe with all those stars! Beautiful work.
    And I try to be a nice peaceful dove....some days are more successful than others :)

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  8. I mentioned Rio not to dis the company they don't make the tools, they just sell the quality "crack" and noting is inexpensive. I think it's crazy to expect to fix new things to be able to use them. I asked them please to open the replaced item and inspect it to which they agreed so when I lifted the replaced one out of the bag today and the knob that was supposed to be glued on fell on the floor I was glad they were in NM because I think I would have thrown it at one of them, but I didn't I glued the new knob back on myself like a peaceful dove.

    Count me in with your wise grandmother, she knew what she was talking about!

    coooo coooo

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  9. Oh my, I know all about those days. I'm usually a fan of Rio but it seems like someone isn't doing their inspecting job properly. I understand that frustration!

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  10. Hi SJ, good to see ya, I know I'm not alone in this experience for sure!

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