View Full Version : OT: Sickening brass restoration

08-21-2005, 04:16 PM

This picture was taken at the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The museum has one very large room devoted to antique steam apparatus, generators, etc.

I was sickened to see the horrible mutilation done to everything in the room. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif Apparently to make everything shine they let someone loose with a grinder. The majority of the displays were of brass and copper, all disfigured the same way, ground where-ever the grinder would fit into. I just had to get out of the room. It was OK when I was there eight years previous.

08-21-2005, 04:40 PM
Looks more like the work of a disgruntled employee then a curator or a conservationist... at least I'd hope that was the case. You should of contacted the director of the museum and asked what was up. Shame either way.

08-21-2005, 04:42 PM
Boy, that looks like crap!

08-21-2005, 04:43 PM
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08-21-2005, 04:49 PM
Holy cow , who turned a numbnard loose with a grinder?

I have a pet peeve about grinders , I cant stand the sound, I have run run welders off the job who grind too much.

that is realy sad http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

08-21-2005, 05:02 PM
A good welder shouldn't need a grinder.

The tame Wolf!

Alistair Hosie
08-21-2005, 05:52 PM
Jings that's rough work looks like someone did this deliberately Alistair

08-21-2005, 06:00 PM
Wow...that really is rude isn't it? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

08-21-2005, 06:13 PM
OCC was there.

08-21-2005, 06:24 PM
If any of that piping is in service under any kind of pressure, a serious safety problem could exist.

08-21-2005, 06:45 PM
That's beyond awful, that's criminal! Whoever did that.... bah! Never mind. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

08-21-2005, 07:36 PM
Geez Louise! I had to look twice - I thought it was a fancy effect of digital picture editing. It would have looked better if the nimrod had used a ballpeen hammer. What could someone have been thinking?
Seriously - maybe it's vandalism, as suggested by Tinkerer. I can't believe someone would do that on purpose and think it was an improvement.

08-21-2005, 08:38 PM
Looks like the work of a blind,retarded monkey slinging feces,only with more raw, unadulterated galactic level stupidity http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gifI hope they are locked up somewhere.Oh please,if there is a God in the universe tell me they got fired.....from a cannon.

08-21-2005, 09:59 PM
i agree with Tinkerer, i would've contacted the curator and asked what the hell happened. that is beyond words!

andy b.

08-21-2005, 10:11 PM
Proof that retards can use power tools.

Davis In SC
08-21-2005, 10:20 PM
Looks like a former employee of mine works there.....

08-22-2005, 12:08 AM
Well theres a good source of material for the crucibel. We can make up some brass cannons and bells. It really is an abomination.
Did you get your entry money back.

08-22-2005, 05:09 AM
what the F$#&$#%$&#?!?!??

08-22-2005, 11:42 AM
Yup, looks craptacular. Obviously done without a tradesman's guidance.

08-22-2005, 01:57 PM
I can't believe they let people see it.

08-22-2005, 02:20 PM
For real, this is in a museum, on display? Who in the hell would be proud of doing work like that for all to see? A museum finds this fit for a display of antique steam apparatus? That's bullsh*t!!

IF it is SUPPOSED to look like sh*t, then it looks great. I don't think I could make anything look like that on purpose. IMO appearance counts in machine, or any other line of work.

At work, I build laboratory apparatus. Give someone two custom built apparatus, one that looks like someone cared about what they were doing, and one that looks like it was built by a hack.

Though they may both work exactly the same, what would YOUR immediate impression of which one will work better?

I despise finished work that looks like sh*t!

Apparently, some people just don't care what their work looks like, though I don't know how they couldn't.

[This message has been edited by ERBenoit (edited 08-22-2005).]

08-22-2005, 03:14 PM
Of course this was taken at the House On the Rock which is full of oddities. It may very well have been their intent given the 'displays' in the rest of the place.


08-22-2005, 07:01 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ERBenoit:

Though they may both work exactly the same, what would YOUR immediate impression of which one will work better?
[This message has been edited by ERBenoit (edited 08-22-2005).]</font>

Very true. Not only that, people who work with the apparatus you build will generally treat it with more respect if it looks well finished.