SoCS: Critical

I  journal and do morning stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday
I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!
You can do it too!
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “critic(al).” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “critic(al).”

When I first saw the word I thought maybe Linda had been looking over
my shoulder for the last six weeks as we wrote the various types of damages on
the Jantzen Beach Horses.  The Critical and Catastrophic
what is the word I am looking for the word that describes what these are?
Crap… levels of damages.
It  is important to describe them for people especially funding types
who know little about woodworking and paint and
epoxy (I spit here) and Gorilla Glue (spitting again)
because they are going to faint when they see a $$$ number
if they don’t understand the nature of the damages.
Chemical stripping (spitting again) does as much damage as that
plastic wrap that moving stores sell (spitting again because that stupid stuff damages traditional finishes) or bad moving companies (damn you all).
It opens grains and drops glues from joins and veneers
and seeps into older solid wood and destroys it.
There are other ways, and they take a bit longer, yes,
but in the end they do not make objects rickety
or cause more repair work down the road.
Chemical strips, even if not dipped (oh holy hell the person who thought of that one)
have caused much damage to these horses which have survived kids who pile on,
grab tails and manes, run at them to jump them, and all other kinds of kid stuff.
The horses could take that.  They could not take the chemical strip done to them
that caused checking all the way down join lines and made
knees and shoulders and thighs and jaws loose and rickety.
Kinda like me, but I haven’t had a chemical strip.
Critical failures are one category, but they can still be be treated
with dovetail locks and splines and so forth.
Catastrophic failures are breaks that are imminent,
and often involve prior repairs  of epoxy squitted in place
of even a novice woodworking repair — as long as no Gorilla glue.
Don’t get me wrong, I am sure there is a place in this world for these types of glues,
but let them stay the hell away from antiques.  Period.

Celebrating finishing the first drafts of all the horse reports today.
lots more to do and a bit of polishing but the Critical and Catastrophic issues
have been hammered out for the public to understand.

Here are the rules, as posted on Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

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13 Responses to SoCS: Critical

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Spitting along with you, Kate. It’s so sad to see someone’s good (wood)work destroyed by well-meaning, albeit uninformed people and evil marketing campaigns.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mireya says:

    Love the watercolor background face you have.


  3. Prior... says:

    I learned a lot about gorilla glue and wow – has no idea
    Nice take on the prompt


  4. loisajay says:

    We have a stripper/dipper in town who will very happily take your money and spew the advantages of this type of ‘damage.’ Ridiculous nonsense.


  5. JoAnna says:

    I’m curious about your favorite repair products and techniques.


    • Hi Joanna…
      The best way to learn a lot more is to follow the biz blog:
      We generally use hide glue, and used to make our own but a conservator we are friends with started making it and so unless we have to have a specialty hide glue (fish hide) we buy his — NO additives. Old Brown Glue can be found at either Rockler or buy it direct. We look for glues that are reversible and do not bond with the wood or other material in such a way that they do more damage when they fail. And also, other than lead products or some such thing that is outlawed, we use the same products and general methods that were used before plastics and so forth were created — so step back to traditional historic materials. We make our own shellacs, for instance, because we don’t want the polymers in them. Antiques are beautiful precisely because the shellac can age — it is not covered in “plastic” to make it very simple — even the shellacs that say pure at the hardware store are pure with polymer additives!

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