Repaired Things

Beautiful Replaced Floor Tiles
October 8, 2013, 8:14 pm
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This image was posted to Facebook by Brian McCorkle in March. I asked him twice where it was taken, and he wouldn’t tell me.

Love the half-attempt to match the pattern of the original tiles.

Also, this looks like a portal into another universe.


Fixers Collective Workshop
June 3, 2012, 8:06 pm
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Fixers CollectiveNURTUREart, May 19, 2012

This vacuum and my blender couldn’t be opened, because they were designed with specialty screws, requiring specialty screwdrivers to open. But the Fixers have rigged one, which they have at their usual space at Proteus Gowanus. I’ll have to take my blender there next time!

This sewing machine was missing a small but important piece. Victor had a spare piece of plastic and it did the job.

This lamp took center stage at the workshop.

Barter Town 2010
December 17, 2011, 12:35 pm
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A year and a half late …. (yikes)

I set up a “Repair Booth” at Heather’s awesome Barter Town project …

Makeshift cardboard button

Pocket hole

George actually broke his pencil and then handed it to me to repair. What?? I think I used glue and then prettied it up with yellow duct tape.

Redid part of Jackie’s seam.

Street Grate
August 14, 2011, 1:16 pm
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Thanks, Simone, for alerting me to this repair…. Street grate replaced with a plank of wood cut to fit. It’s in Dumbo, Brookyn, on Washington Street between Front & Water.

Repaired Sunglasses
March 30, 2011, 6:57 pm
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Looks like a rubber band and safety pin.

Eric is a repair-er extraordinaire-er. Support his epic bike trip across America in exchange for hand drawn postcards and comics.

Past Imperfect
January 6, 2011, 9:11 pm
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I recently saw this awesome article and slideshow in the New York Times about Andrew Baseman, a collector who specializes in repaired antiques or “make do’s”. This lead me in turn to his blog. These repairs are from a time before superglue and duct tape, people! Back when repairs were mechanical, not chemical. We have it easy now.

Here are some of my favorites from both the Times article and Baseman’s blog.

“Eastern European Teapot”, smashed and then pieced back together with metal staples, including a giant one across the front. There are also pieces that were specially made to match shards that were lost.

























Dog figurine with leg replaced by a nail, bound with wire.

Wooden shovel, circa 1870s, cracked and nailed together with a metal plate for support.

Victoria and Albert Jug, circa 1840’s, with a missing handle replaced by a metal one, attached with bands around the jug. This is a very common type of repair that Baseman documents. I find this one amusing because the upper band looks like a blindfold on the two figures.

Replaced Button
December 8, 2010, 9:22 pm
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