WHAT: A handmade desktop hole punch.
WHY: Why do I love it? This piece beautifully represents man’s obsession with improving his world. I’m sure that the traditional hand-held hole punch worked just fine for the occasional use. Was the need to put it in a drawer and take out daily just too much effort?
Perhaps a stapler was the inspiration. “Wow! Imagine if that could make a large round hole!”
There was a considerable amount of thought put into the design of this object. The back end of the lever is sanded down to an oval so that it fits well into the corresponding stopper in the base. Hours were clearly spent making it just so. It reminds me how the times and pursuits that others think are a waste are sometimes our most personally satisfying.
WHERE: My dear friends, Claire and Gary, host a “Bad Gift Exchange” every year between Christmas and New Years. Everyone brings their worst Christmas gift rewrapped and ready to dump under the tree. When all have had a good amount of cheer, Gary pretends he is Santa’s evil brother and passes them out. Some years, unloved gifts make a return appearance- a star shaped bottle filled with red, white and blue popping corn came three years in a row! Sometimes people are thrilled with their gift; one man’s dross is another’s gold. Some have been know to ditch them under the sofa. I saw this being unwrapped from across the room and was filled with envy. Luckily, I was able to cut a deal and trade whatever Santa thought I deserved for this fine piece of folk art.