Landscape as Cartography | Socks Studio
Flying in the 20s had to be a thrilling experience, indeed. In the absence of radio communication or radar technology, pilots engaged in American coast to coast airmail or passenger service had to rely on often imprecise navigation charts to avoid getting lost. Most of the time they were alone in the air, flying on desertic territory, hoping to reach the destination without encountering bad weather.
To help guiding the pilots across the impervious North American territory, the Congress funded the construction of very large arrow-shaped Airmail Beacons, (up to 20 meters in lenght). Every concrete arrow, painted in bright yellow, was accompanied by a 15 m tall tower, emitting a powerful gas powered light. Each arrow pointed towards the next, separated one with another by a distance of 3 to 10 miles. The beacon towers have been scrapped and recycled for WWII, while the yellow paint has since been worn off by the elements, but the enormous solid concrete arrows are likely to stand there for good.
Recycling is not a waste of time !
I got given this old pair of gardening secateurs some time back which were no good for anything apart from striping the good old carbon steel blade from .
This blade was first annealed and reworked before being heat treated and sharpened and then mounted into a Red deer stag antler tip handle
It was finished off with a dyed braided natural sinew wrap and a Victorian era hammered copper lanyard tube , yeah its not pretty but will live again as a functional cutting tool and was purchased from me by a living history reenactor .
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