But You Don’t

“You can have art in your daily life if you want it, but you don’t. You prefer fountain-pens and motor cars.”

Eric Gill, the creator of the Gill Sans typeface, as quoted in “Country Craftsmen” by Freda Derrick (1945)

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10 Responses to But You Don’t

  1. Joe says:

    Is that a squirrel hammer? Wow, thats nuts.

  2. Scott S. says:

    The hood ornament on a Jaguar is quite artistic.

    And I’m sure someone somewhere thinks that a quill up a squirrels arse is also art.

    …the detailing on that fur is uncanny.

  3. Burbidge says:

    I’d be clutching nuts if a handle was there too….

  4. Rootertooter says:

    I want to thank you, at this time I’m home recovering from major surgery. For eight weeks now I have enjoy following you and Lost Art. Please keep it up. I have four weeks of house arrest left to deal with. No shop time for six months after that. I really like the infor you put forward. Thanks

  5. Dave Schwarzkopf says:

    Actually Scott, the squirrel is the hammer’s head and the ‘quill’ is the handle.


    I like the ‘old man’ hammer myself, but can’t see buying or using one.


    • Scott S. says:

      Cool tools. Thanks for the link.

      My first thought was ‘hammer’ but the perspective clues from the 16oz. claw, and the dog hole signified a very small implement.

      I guess I should have considered ‘tiny hammer’. 🙂

  6. Dennis Heyza says:

    Eric Gill was certainly one of the most intriguing characters of the 20th Century. Creator of typefaces, stonecarver, artist, sculptor, thinker, fervent Catholic and quite the pervert. He biography is quite the tale.

  7. James says:

    Well, if you really want to grab some tail in the shop, I guess that’ll work. It’s a nutty idea, and I’m still a little fuzzy on why you’d need to, but I guess I can swing with it if you can.

    Happy Monday.

  8. Adam says:

    I consider many motorcars and fountain pens to be art, so take that, Mr. Gill.

  9. David says:

    The irony is that now, 65 years later, I use a fountain pen instead of disposable rollerball because it’s a richer experience aesthetically.

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