Thursday, February 10, 2011

antique + tool + Max = perfect Valentine

My most wonderful husband, Max, just got home from a working trip to Vienna. He had told me on the phone that he had found a wonderful shop and was bringing something home for me.

Well, this morning he handed me a fairly heavy box and said this was my early Valentine's gift (and we don't even do Valentines...). You cannot imagine my delight (well, maybe you can) when I saw what was in the box.
It is antique. It is a tool. It is gorgeous. Swoon. It is an old small rolling mill for wire. For square wire. I am smitten.





I do truly think I have the most fantastic husband in the whole wide world. Thank you, Max!!!!

21 comments:

fanciful devices said...

what? it's awesome! is it to strengthen wire? and make it smaller? and square? whatever it is, it looks so cool.

mairedodd said...

that is wonderful! i am so glad that max treats you as special as you are... i always love old used tools - knowing that someone else has worked with them... excited to see what you make - please do show and tell!
what a terrific way to start the day - thank you for sharing this renate!

Hopemore Studio said...

Oh my gosh I want to see that thing in action! Yes I agree your husband is fantastic, so thoughtful. While I love my husband dearly I can say for sure this is something he would never lug home for me..lol.

Angie

romantic decay said...

You do have a most fantastic husband!
Happy Valentines Day

steufel said...

Oh mein GOTT! Das ist wundervoll!

diane cook said...

Oh, I am so very impressed and am too swooning right now! It is beautiful Renate =) I love it. We don't do Valentine's Day either~really....I wish we did.
This gift is especially wonderful since it is an antique! There's your kick of inspiration isn't it =)

lunedreams said...

Max is a GOD!! Isn't it good to be understood so well? Yes, ACTION!! I want to see it in action too!!!

cat said...

It's awesome that you have a hubby who really gets you!!! And when he is working, he's still on the prowl for you!
It it's adjustable, it would be interesting to throw a thin sheet of metal in there to see what it would do?! Or maybe even some heavy duty paper?
I usually use some of my tools on other things for which they were not designed for.
Have fun and Happy Valentines!

Palimpa Lim said...

Renate, das ist der Knaller!!! Ich habe (in meiner Jugend) zwei Praktika bei Goldschmieden gemacht und kenne diese Walzen in sehr viel größer (mit mehr Stärken), aber mit haargenau dem gleichen Prinzip. Der Draht wird immer in die nächst kleinere Führung gelegt und durchgewalzt, um ihn immer dünner und länger werden zu lassen. Und diese ist also für quadratischen Draht?! Wow, ich beneide Dich!
Um die Walze und um den Kerl, der sie Dir gebracht hat ;) Das ist das perfekte Geschenk für Dich, und Dein Max weiß das! Was für ein Schatz! Wenn mein Mann das perfekte Geschenk für mich besorgen wollte, würde er wahrscheinlich mit einem Parfum nach Hause kommen :D
Selbst wenn man diese Walze nur irgendwo stehen hat, um sich mehrmals täglich an ihrem Anblick zu ergötzen, ist sie wundervoll! Aber in Deiner Werkstatt wird sie sicher sogar noch häufig zum Einsatz kommen! Ich bin grün vor neid!

SummersStudio said...

How sweet of Max and how well he knows you. That is one magnificent tool and you will have so much fun with it. I especially love the warn look of it.

lilylovekin said...

How great that Max knows and supports you so well. This tool looks really cool, does it make round wire square? Thank goodness you know what it does!!!

sharon said...

You are one lucky lady...it is soo fantastic Renate! I can see you creating something gorgeous already with it!

Inge said...

Was für ein originelles, schönes und brauchbares Geschenk. Bin schon gespannt, was daraus entsteht. Ein paarVvorher - Nachher Fotos wären gut. Dir einen schönen Freitag...

Judy said...

He sure is a keeper Renate! I would rather get old things than roses any day! Have fun with your new toy!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Ohhhhhh Hermanita You are such a very lucky Girl!!!! (But of course Max is a very lucky boy!)I can see lots of experimenting going on in one little studio in Germany!! Have fun, it can't help but be good for that sulking muse! :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Cindy said...

This is amazing! You've found some really great old tools, but this one from Max takes the cake! I wonder where he found it. And all the way from Vienna... I can't wait to see what you do with it..have you tested it out yet??

sundownbeaddesigns said...

So cool! What an excellent hubby to bring you back such a wonderful treasure! Let's see what you can do with that rolling mill.

Esther said...

oh wow!! what a strange tool!! will you show us examples using this " machine"?!!

BooBeads said...

Such an awesome gift! WOW, lucky one you are!

alteredbits said...

if this is not one of the coolest things in the world, i don't know what is! go husband! woohoo max!! i am smitten too. :)

xx

Studio Sylvia said...

Oh Renate, What a treasure and what a doll of a husband.
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