“Lost Art”, by Marc Stolfi

“Lost Art” – oil on canvas,  18″ x 24″ (click on image to expand)

The vast array of hammers and tongs illustrate the controlled chaos of any good workshop. The craftsman always knows where the right tool for the job is, and how to best utilize it. This scene is from the smithy at Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT. There were several such tables covered in various tools, but I focused on the this particular one because of the muscular beauty of the heavy ball-peen hammer and the subtle blues, purples and greys in the well used steel and the smooth hand-worn wooden handles. I love hand tools and the beauty of form following function. Sadly, this nation is losing the work ethic and moral certainty that, to me, the old smithy represents.

 

 

Marc D. Stolfi · Wrong Way Studio, Torrington, CT www.WrongWayStudio.com · www.facebook.com/WrongWayStudio

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