Using old advertising rulers as texture

So, the way I see it here, on cold days, you can get an ebay story about toilet seats, some old summer shots, someones barn find, or now, some more railway HQ photos. And to think almost 6,000 stories ago, I thought, everyone thought, how is it possible to do a new story each day? Well, you end up buying an old boatyard to keep it all going, but chances are you are gonna bore everyone to death with every square inch of space details. I don’t disagree, BUT, I am living in the painting I am painting. In it, and having a blast doing it. Very very minute details that in the whole are not noticeable, but in small little frames, make me smile and feel like I have done something.

Tools, art, and natural light all blended together. The green is from a green fiberglass window and helps the image feel more alive.

The ruler shelf, I am getting some glass to cover them


Layers on layers of texture that have multiple dimensions curated together. I know I know, Jesus I know. The crazy thing is 99% of all this is found, and put to use in a purposeful way.  I am not a fan of  the word reclaimed, like the word patina, which has been used, but more like I have a pallet of colors and textures to use as paint in my painting. Two years ago, I did say this is how I wanted to approach the renovation of the railway at the start. As art, not the way a contractor or architect would approach it. So sorry for the diatribe of artistic flatulence going on here. I feel better now, just had my Sorensen Swirl!

Old lines. Like, “Baby, if you were words on a page, you’d be what they call ‘FINE PRINT’!

We got the light working, and I added a very small stainless scrap as a small cover to the trim tab roof. Small detail but sure adds some dimension

There is going to be a huge event here this Saturday and the place is getting dolled up. I give those a week before they are full of dust. But for now, looks fantastic

All natural light. And one of the new old pool hall chairs. I had these in my office in DC

B doing what she does best. Looking good! YA Baby. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together. okay I am done now.


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17 Responses to “Natural Light, Party Prep, And A Ruler Shelf”
  1. Greg Lewandowski

    Nice photos. I really love that metal racer model in the header!

  2. Bilge Rat

    “I am living in the painting I am painting”

    You need to photoshop your image here, apologies to Norman Rockwell

  3. Jim Staib

    It’s a sickness. This cabinet followed me home the other day. Had to be cut in half to get it out of the old factory it was in. Now to put it back together. Filling will be no problem.

  4. Art

    Looks awesome, but it just makes you an organized horder!!
    From one art-ist to another art-ist. 🙃

    • Jim Staib

      Not true Art. By stacking higher it opens up more floor space. Notice the pallet racking. Wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Have no idea what is back there beyond at least 40 model K engines and a dozen or so canoes up to 30ft long.

  5. Troy in ANE

    That trip tab drip shield is one of the most genius, astatically pleasing pieces that you have added to the railway.

    I LOVE IT!!!!!

    • Troy in ANE

      I should read my posts before hitting “Post Comment”, but I guess it is fitting here.

      Trim Tab

  6. Mike D

    Glad to see what you are creating. Makes firing up the computer a treat. But, if my memory is correct I remember you writing about another building on the railway property that you had not opened at that time. Is that right and if so have you written about what you found? If not, never mind, I’m going back to bed.

  7. Darthtrader

    I have been patiently waiting for more details on the beautiful belt drive multi-speed drill press with power feed. That is a treasure.

  8. Dick Dow

    Someone needs to recreate that little racer as a real boat – or – find the real one that inspired the model! The place looks great! I am constantly amazed at what you have done and are doing!

  9. Rabbit

    One day I hope to see the Railway in person. And when/if I do, it will take me at least two hours to walk through it, soaking in every detail. I salute your obsessive attention to detail, and that includes this wonderful site.