I went to a barn sale yesterday and picked up these industrial pieces. Someday they will figure in a still life composition. At least that is my intention. My husband, who is understandably alarmed at the bizarre colony of 'still life' items swelling the seams of our home, has a hard and fast rule: Nothing else comes into the house unless something else goes out. But really, what doesn't qualify as a potential still life character? I've used wooden block and tackles, railroad oil cans, vintage windup toys, dessicated Japanese umbrellas, and pharmaceutical posters. This may explain his fondness for my food still lifes. At least he can eat those.