Old Tools, New Art | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

Uploaded by ehowhome on 16.09.2012

Now you may be wondering what I plan to do with this pile of old tools. Well, some people
might discard it as scrap iron. But I think there's some artistic expression here waiting
to happen. They say an eco-friendly house can't be built in 150 days for $150,000, and
I say it can. I'm Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity
with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. I think we can take these old,
discarded tools and come up with something really beautiful like a centerpiece or focal
point for a room. So my idea here is to gather these and bundle them almost like a cartouche
or a heraldic crest, but using ordinary, common tools with the patina of their rust and wear
on them. I've been collecting these for a while. They've come out of barns. I've found
them in flea markets and so forth, and at surprising prices. Like this old hand scythe
or hand sickle -- it was just $4. And what I've tried to do is buy these in pairs because
I wanna have a center point and then fan out with a balance of the same tools on either
side. Now the best way for me to explain this is to just get to work and show you how I'm
gonna lay these out. I'm gonna start out with these hay forks and I'm gonna crisscross them
across this board. Now the reason I'm using this size board, it's not just a support for
these tools. I measured the width and this piece of board really represents the parameters
I have to work in. So I'm gonna take these forks and bring them up to the top. I've got
a little leeway of about 12 inches at the top. So I'm not too worried about if they
stick out up there. It's really this bottom and the sides that I have to pay attention
to. And, again, I wanna make sure they're all balanced. I'm thinking the center point
would be this old shovel here. And then it's just a matter of layering these tools on two
at a time. I begin to get the kind of effect that I want. Sling blades. Briar hooks. They'll
all find a home here. So as you can see, I've used seven tools so far, and I begin to create
this sort of framework to work in. What I'm gonna do now is let Tony drill these together
and marry them in a way that they'll hang together. What we'll wanna do is be able to
hang all these tools on the wall without any sort of board or backing. So they'll all have
to be pinned together. That's where Tony will come in. Hey, if you're enjoying these segments
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