Old Tools, New Art | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

Old Tools, New Art | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith


Now you may be wondering what I plan to do
with this pile of old tools. Well, some people might discard it as scrap iron. But I think
there’s some artistic expression here waiting to happen. They say an eco-friendly house
can’t be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I’m Allen Smith, join me as
I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively
on eHow Home. I think we can take these old, discarded tools and come up with something
really beautiful like a centerpiece or focal point for a room. So my idea here is to gather
these and bundle them almost like a cartouche or a heraldic crest, but using ordinary, common
tools with the patina of their rust and wear on them. I’ve been collecting these for a
while. They’ve come out of barns. I’ve found them in flea markets and so forth, and at
surprising prices. Like this old hand scythe or hand sickle — it was just $4. And what
I’ve tried to do is buy these in pairs because I wanna have a center point and then fan out
with a balance of the same tools on either side. Now the best way for me to explain this
is to just get to work and show you how I’m gonna lay these out. I’m gonna start out with
these hay forks and I’m gonna crisscross them across this board. Now the reason I’m using
this size board, it’s not just a support for these tools. I measured the width and this
piece of board really represents the parameters I have to work in. So I’m gonna take these
forks and bring them up to the top. I’ve got a little leeway of about 12 inches at the
top. So I’m not too worried about if they stick out up there. It’s really this bottom
and the sides that I have to pay attention to. And, again, I wanna make sure they’re
all balanced. I’m thinking the center point would be this old shovel here. And then it’s
just a matter of layering these tools on two at a time. I begin to get the kind of effect
that I want. Sling blades. Briar hooks. They’ll all find a home here. So as you can see, I’ve
used seven tools so far, and I begin to create this sort of framework to work in. What I’m
gonna do now is let Tony drill these together and marry them in a way that they’ll hang
together. What we’ll wanna do is be able to hang all these tools on the wall without any
sort of board or backing. So they’ll all have to be pinned together. That’s where Tony will
come in. Hey, if you’re enjoying these segments on the house, check in with us regularly.
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