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I am a painter: that’s what I do, I like to paint things.

but, sometimes I don’t take good care of my tools.
below is the story – - -

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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --





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John Smith

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#1 posted 05-20-2020 10:21 PM

this Covid stuff makes us do crazy things to keep busy these days.
I had a friend that carved a tired paint brush out of SignFoam
several years ago and it looked really nice – one of a kind.
he passed away a few years ago but I always remember his
quick wit and quirky ways to do fun stuff.
this old Tired Paint Brush is in remembrance of my friend, Pat King.
I started out with a 12” square of 1” BassWood. the only power tools
used were the bandsaw to cut the basic shape and a router round over
to smooth out the handle just for the comfort in handling. (it was later carved).
all the other details were strictly by hand gouges and carving knives.
the carving took 6 hours and maybe an hour in painting.
(you can tell it took a lot of skill and patience to paint it).
I printed the 1Shot paint label and sized it to fit an old quart can I
threw away last week – dug it out of the trash. spray painted
the inside green. dinged it with a hammer and squeezed it in the
vise to shape it. smacked the lid with the same hammer to shape it.
okay – two days filled with fun and frolic – what’s next ??

thanks for looking,
John

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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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pottz

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#2 posted 05-20-2020 10:41 PM

very whimsical,nice work on the carving john.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 05-20-2020 11:10 PM

Too funny! I should make one of these and leave it on the dining room table for the Quality Assurance inspector to find. I had to re-read about the can, because I’ve not seen lettering enamel in quart cans before.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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sras

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#4 posted 05-20-2020 11:17 PM

My first thought is “How does a wrecked paintbrush qualify as a project?”

It’s that realistic!

Nice work & write up.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 05-20-2020 11:41 PM

thanks guys !!
yeah, you have to think outside of the box for fun projects.
Steve – did you see the bent nail in the ferrule ?

Steven – many sign and pinstriping enamels come in 1/2 pint size to one gallon.
the pint and quart are the most common sizes in REAL sign shops.

Note: I will eventually turn a quart size can and lid out of wood on the lathe.
I mean, how hard can it be ????
probably make a nice cherry wood base and mount it all together permanently.
then – it will be an all wood display (somewhere in the universe).
but, right now, I can’t get near a lathe due to some physical limitations.
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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#6 posted 05-21-2020 12:29 AM

this brings back very nice memories for me John Smith ….... and i thank you so very much for the pleasure ...... GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 05-21-2020 12:44 AM

fond memories, Tony ???
you need to take better care of your brushes LOL.
thank you for your kind words.

John

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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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Kelly

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#8 posted 05-21-2020 12:50 AM

LOVE IT

Great job.

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#9 posted 05-21-2020 01:20 AM

Pure out of the box thinking on this project John. Thanks for pointing out the bent nail; I missed it! Love the color choices; your project looks awesome!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 05-21-2020 01:52 AM

Whimsical and very realistic. Nicely done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#11 posted 05-21-2020 02:11 AM

John,

I was wondering how you would look if you cut of your beard to make your own paint brushes! Surprised me with your carving…
Thank you for putting a smile on my face!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#12 posted 05-21-2020 02:17 AM


thanks guys !!
yeah, you have to think outside of the box for fun projects.
Steve – did you see the bent nail in the ferrule ?

Steven – many sign and pinstriping enamels come in 1/2 pint size to one gallon.
the pint and quart are the most common sizes in REAL sign shops.

Note: I will eventually turn a quart size can and lid out of wood on the lathe.
I mean, how hard can it be ????
probably make a nice cherry wood base and mount it all together permanently.
then – it will be an all wood display (somewhere in the universe).
but, right now, I can t get near a lathe due to some physical limitations.
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- John Smith


lol. OK, all I have ever done is a little pinstriping, so haven’t looked for a large can of paint. You professionals can have a gallon. I only pinstriped one vehicle with some gold. No pics, I sold that car years ago. And I still have about 95% of the paint in that little 1/4 pint can! That’s kind of sad, now that I think about it. I bought a brush and a can of paint and used them once. I’m betting that that has never happened to anyone else. ;)

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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John Smith

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#13 posted 05-21-2020 02:45 AM

thanks guys for the kind words.
Tony C. – this is what I learned in the 2nd grade of Finger Painting 101.
Mike – I had a sign painter friend that did make some brushes out of his head hair.
beard hair is too squirrely LOL won’t work. (unless you are painting a brick wall).

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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#14 posted 05-21-2020 02:54 AM

LOL Steven – I have a couple of cans just like you described.
an 8oz can of 1Shot brass and a 4oz House of Kolor (which merged with 1Shot).
I know I bought them in the early ‘90s.
(a 4oz can of striping paint will stripe 136 vintage cadillacs).

I’ve been practicing my freehand pinstriping but I have some involuntary arm jerk issues
going on and it is pretty frustrating not to be able to pull a straight line anymore.
getting old SUCKS !!!!

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-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#15 posted 05-21-2020 04:34 AM

That has to be the coolest dang thing I’ve seen. At first I thought, if I had screwed up a paint brush that bad, the last thing to do would be show it on here. Kept reading and got the rest of the story. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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