Sunday, April 13, 2008

Christmas in April

Back in October at a Harvest Festival I bought this box of sleighbells for $20.

I have a talented friend at the music store. I call him The Claw. He renovates toy pianos, plays with wood, and just "does stuff" with wood, metal, bamboo, light fixtures, whatever comes his way. He is also a master tailor and requires no patterns when sewing. Just look and cut. The Christmas in March stocking was a gift to him after he requested one on or about December 21st.

There's a whole lot more to say about The Claw (including the fact that his ENTIRE HOUSE is circa. 1950 with NO modern day aberrations other than a computer) but I must stay focused.

Several years ago, The Claw and I looked at sleigh bells in antiques places, marveling at the magical sounds and exorbitant prices. When I found this box of sorry-a$$ed bells I delivered them directly to him. They sounded great but had seen better days.

Last Thursday on my visit to the music store I received these:

And they sound like this:

Solvents would not clean them and his hands were wounded and chafed from the wire brush needed to make them happen but I think it was well worth it! What a great friend I have.


Mountain Mama said...

What a good friend indeed!

Mountain Mama said...

Baby Ben's ears perked up when he heard Santa on the video. I doubt the video does the sound of the bells justice though. :)

Yvonne said...

Wow, what a good friend you have in The Claw! The bells sound awesome.

Is that Mr. Sophanne acting as Santy??

Sharon said...

That's a great sound, no matter what time of the year it is!

Kristin said...

First- Who is Ho Ho Hoing??
Second- Could we please have an entire The Claw post?

Turtle said...

Very nice of both of you! What a treasure!

Deborah said...

That is fantastic! Those bells are priceless. I'm now even more curious about The Claw. hehe

Lydee said...

LOLOL! Mr Sophanne's ho ho ho's were hilarious!

AlisonH said...

Cool! And is that an old Kimball piano in the background? They've got such a good sound to them.