Thursday, February 5, 2009

old school

I love tools. My Dad gave me a toolbox when I got my first bachelor apartment. When I was a little girl some of my most favourite memories were going to the lumber yard and hardware store with my Dad, the smell of wood and Old Spice, that's my Dad! My husband commented once 'how the heck do you know where everything is in a hardware store?" as I quickly found all the plumbing parts and pieces we needed to install our new sink in our renovated kitchen. My son absorbs lines from movies and the Simpson's, I absorbed where all the stuff is in a hardware store when I was kid.
Apparently most landscape designers use software programs to produce plans these days, but the course I am enrolled in is teaching us old school. Yesterday's lesson was in architectural lettering, and with that comes and array of new tools that I have never heard of or used! Hooray! Unique pencil leads in a variety of sizes, lead holders, a special lead sharpener, rulers and t-squares, and the Ames lettering tool which draws the guidelines for the lettering and the paper, oh the lovely paper vellum and trace, love it! The instructor makes it look oh soooo easy, but I know I will be practicing long and hard on this assignment this weekend, recycling box get ready...

4 comments:

hayseed said...

Sounds almost as good as fresh school supplies!

Andrea said...

I love old school!! And tools! The smell of sawdust always makes me think of my Dad. :)

Fern said...

I never realized they taught architects to write like that, I thought it was just a cultural thing. Go figure. You learn something new every day!

JCharlier said...

I remember all those tools. I'm a graphic designer and learned my craft with all those old-fashioned historical items. These days, it's just me and tens of thousands of dollars of Apple's Mac equipment that requires service contracts and shutting down the business when they're sick. Can't say that it's better now.

Great typography in the photo above.

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