Blog post Too Much Stuff, July 31, 2011 got me thinking about the things we collect. What are the things we hold onto? I have never been a collector of knickknacks, tchotchkes, trinkets, figurines, etc… but I have always collected rocks. These are the mementos I bring back from a trip or a hike or a special event. I remember where most of them came from – like the big white rock in the last picture – that thing weighs 22 lbs and I made my brother carry it more than a mile down the beach in Montauk, NY. I had to have it! Some of my rocks came from my dad, and I felt like I inherited a pirate’s booty when my mom gave me some of the rocks from my Nan when she passed.
I have also long been fascinated by wood as sculpture – driftwood, dead trees, gnarled wood. Thankfully, I also like working with wood (the grain, the feel, the smell of sanded or fresh-cut wood) because we have stripped, sanded and stained most of the trim-work in our house, we’ve redone a few floors and I have stripped, sanded and stained most of the doors in the house.
What do you collect?