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Shapely Beauties

September 6, 2011


The fabled three-day weekend always ends too soon … and I find I never get around to everything I planned. This past Labor Day weekend was no exception … but, Paul and I did get lots accomplished; some of which I’ll be sharing over the next few days. But, first some recent acquisitions … All of the items grouped above share one thing in common: they’re distinctively, singularly, shapely. The bench, which to me has a very Japanese sci-fi feel, I came across one day while visiting a friend of Vickie Perez. At her invitation, I showed up to to look at a planter Vickie had made for her when I saw it on her front porch. I told her if she ever wanted to sell it I’d buy it and a couple weeks later she emailed that it was available; she’d even deliver it! I took it, of course, and I love it. It’s definitely Japanese in style, obviously handmade and has terrific patina and color … the grayed-out seat and darker back are lovely …  I feel lucky to have it. Thanks, Leona! Let’s get closer to the other pieces …


Displaying wiry good looks, I found this amazing metal head at a garage sale Sunday morning. Other than it had probably belonged to her father, the seller didn’t have much information about it. It’s a little hard to make out in these photos, click twice on it for an easier read. It’s like a three-dimensional depiction of a piece by one of my favorite illustrators, Henrik Drescher … like a line drawing made tactile. Love the ears!


This massive rusty cable — looped, knotted and ending in a super-curvy, contrasting hook — I found in Lake Elsinore’s Mora’s Antiques, Saturday. Five-feet long, I was sure I’d never be able to afford such a large bit of rough-and-tumble industrial he-man-ness … Happily, owner Vickie Mora gave me the, ahem, hookup, quoting me a price that was beyond-affordable! I’m not sure where this will land permanently, but it’s a keeper.


Also from Saturday’s Lake Elsinore visit, I found this rusty chubster at a Christian thrift store, hanging forlornly in a room full of everything from gourd art to the worse of Golden Girls décor. Attractively pierced, the bottom opens so that a candle can be placed inside. Summoning my haggling skills I was able to get this for next-t0-nothing. I like that it has three dainty, but stubby, little feet to stand on, should I not find a place to hang it … Other coolness has been purchased, and Paul and I have been collaborating on some projects, all for the upcoming RR Garden Bazaar. More on those later; stay tuned!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Vickie permalink
    September 6, 2011 7:19 am

    I just knew that you’d find a use for the bench!!! I’m glad that it went to a good home, even if it’s not mine. Ha Ha!! Did she tell the story about the bench?

    Now I want a promise from you that you won’t pass on any of the many “discussions” that we shared while sitting on it. Not that I think it will tell any, for it has kept silent for us,.. as far as I can tell…. I know that you’ll enjoy it and I hope that you will have so very many memories with it too!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 6, 2011 12:14 pm

      Hey, Vickie, the bench ain’t talkin’ … so your secrets are safe … Leona did tell me about the San Francisco grocery checker who thought creating the benches might be her ticket out of that life, and that 60 of them were made … a great backstory and I wonder who many of the benches are still intact …

      • Leona permalink
        September 7, 2011 10:49 pm

        I know that 6 of the benches went to Lake Mathews … no idea if they’re still there. The lady (originally from San Fran) owned a manufacturing firm (here in Riverside) that made super market check out stands … she wanted to diversify but the benches didn’t fly! I still have 2 – 6′ wooden trellis templates in my shed that didn’t fly either!

      • reubix1 permalink*
        September 7, 2011 10:57 pm

        They made supermarket checkstands?! This backstory just gets better … thanks for the appendix, Leona!

  2. September 6, 2011 2:06 pm

    I’m getting a distinct Kurosawa vibe from this recent haul. Great stuff! So any secrets shared are safe on that bench? I want one!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 6, 2011 3:41 pm

      I agree, the vibe is definitely rustic Japanese …. and this is the reason I’ve stringently kept Asian elements out of the garden: they tend to color everything with their strong visual presence. Still, I love it …

  3. September 6, 2011 7:47 pm

    I love that bench! Is it comfy?

    Photo is wonderful, too.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 6, 2011 10:39 pm

      It’s that thing I love so much: good looking AND comfy!

  4. September 7, 2011 3:36 am

    Hot damn Reuben, I need to go to more garage sales. I’m missing the boat.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 7, 2011 4:21 am

      Garage sales can be terrific sources, or not … like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play! ; )

  5. September 9, 2011 3:40 pm

    every piece is a sculpture in its own right. that wire head is amazing. i love how all those lines turn into substance, and light and contrast, and ultimately a powerful image! it’s fun to see how all the pieces relate in your vignette and present as one statement.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 9, 2011 3:53 pm

      Hiya… I loved the vignette but really had to show the pieces on their own … glad you appreciated them!

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