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Thread: The Museum of Curiosities

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    Tribal Elder Humakt's Avatar
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    The Museum of Curiosities

    OK, chaps. A discussion thread.
    If you were invited to contribute just one thing to a museum, what would it be?
    It can be a public thing or a private thing. A thing that's already in a museum, a thing sitting in your shed, a thing we take for granted. Or the kind of thing that is only found in a romantic's heart.
    Feel free to be as flippant or as serious as you like.
    Let's see what kind of museum we can come up with...
    'What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare' - William Henry Davies



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    Natural Born Bushcrafter Woody's Avatar
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    Great idea Humakt, got a few artifacts suitable for your museum...

    It's the perfect place for my "roudtwit".

    It's perfectly round and its quite small.

    It was given to me as a present by my lovely mrs, because every time she asks me about the huge list of jobs, I tend to say :

    " I was gonna do it , but I didn't get around to it..."

    I think she fancies herself as a bit of a comedian...

    Anyways , I'll post a picture when I get around to it...

    Edit: picture added as I got one... So no excuses.

    Last edited by Woody; 21-07-2016 at 05:35 PM.

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    How about a scale replica of a Dick Proenneke log cabin complete with contents?


    a heated kidney shaped pool,
    a microwave oven--don't watch the food cook,
    a Dyna-Gym
    a king-size Titanic unsinkable Molly Brown waterbed with polybendum,
    a foolproof plan and an airtight alibi,
    real simulated Indian jewelry,
    a Gucci shoetree,
    a year's supply of antibiotics,
    a personally autographed picture of Randy Mantooth
    and Bob Dylan's new unlisted phone number,
    a beautifully restored 3rd Reich swizzle stick,
    Rosemary's baby,
    a dream date in kneepads with Paul Williams,
    a new Matador, a new mastodon,
    a Maverick, a Mustang, a Montego,
    a Merc Montclair, a Mark IV, a meteor,
    a Mercedes, an MG, or a Malibu,
    a Mort Moriarty, a Maserati, a Mac truck,
    a Mazda, a new Monza, or a moped,
    a Winnebago--Hell, a herd of Winnebago's we're giving 'em away,
    or how about a McCulloch chainsaw,
    a Las Vegas wedding,
    a Mexican divorce,
    a solid gold Kama Sutra coffee pot,
    or a baby's arm holding an apple?
    "If you were to ask me what I consider to be my finest achievement, I could answer the question without hesitation: teaching." ~ Raymond Blanc.

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    Ranger Ehecatl's Avatar
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    Oh sorry and surely the Mora Companion should go in there too? A basic cheap knife that most of us own or have owned...

    "If you were to ask me what I consider to be my finest achievement, I could answer the question without hesitation: teaching." ~ Raymond Blanc.

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    A pair of walking boots?

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    Ranger OakAshandThorn's Avatar
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    Just ONE thing????? Dang, that would be a bit difficult for me....

    Windows XP OS
    Windows NT OS
    tape recorder
    video tape/VCR
    iOmega Zip Drive
    Floppy disk

    I miss the good 'ol days!

    My more practical contribution would be an axe or an axe head...or a crosscut saw. It was timber which drove the economy in New England for so long (and still does, but to a lesser extent) in the colonial days, and timber that made made life possible for settlers as far north as Maine and as far south as the southern Appalachians.
    My blog, New England Bushcraft

    "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

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    ~ Cody Lundin

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    Tribal Elder BJ's Avatar
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    A Rubix cube, it would be interesting to observe people guessng it's function
    “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

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    One for me has local connections. Sunderland as most of you will be aware was a shipbuilding/mining community and my dad (and his dad and his dad and his dad and so on) worked in a shipyard. To commemorate the 100th SD14 ship built on the river wear all of the shipwrights that worked on it got a perfect to scale steel model of the ship. Its around 6 inches long and now has a nice patina and has sat on his mantlepiece for years. There aren't too many of them about and I think they're a great curio for industrial history, shame Sunderland museum doesn't have one, but nobody that has one will part with it!

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    Woodsman Pootle's Avatar
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    Good thread idea.
    I'd put my first camera in there. It's a Practika LTL, an old 35mm slr built in East Germany. I got it for my 13th birthday and it was about 25yrs old then. I haven't used it for years but whenever I stumble across it I wind it on and trigger the shutter, and it still works. Beautifully simple, rugged engineering and needs no batteries. I have no use for it but don't have the heart to get rid. So a museum would be perfect.
    Last edited by Pootle; 20-07-2016 at 09:53 PM.

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