The Old Grind by Heather Miller |
The Old Grind by Heather Miller

Title: The Old Grind
Price: $75.00 $35.00 (damaged, sold as is)
Year: 2008 – 2016
Size:  Approximately 10″.

The photo shows the damage to the upper left part of the wooden piece (there’s a chip on the gold painted section).  The damage has been painted over but I’m using this picture so you can see the damage.

The Old Grind was created using 3 sizes of grinding wheels, wood, resin, metal embellishments, a decorative metal pocket watch, a resin embellishment, and watch parts.

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The Story:

The Old Grind started life as The Daily Grind.  Then it became The Nightly Grind.  It has a sordid history.  This is the original The Daily Grind.  It was damaged when I tried to have a d-ring welded onto it.  The damage was minor, and only to the back of the piece.  However, it was one of two pieces accepted into the first gallery show I ever entered.  I made a new one for the gallery.  This one was spray-painted black (to cover the scorch marks on the back) & became The Nightly Grind.

I created both of the original “grind” pieces in 2008.  After 8 years, I decided that The Nightly Grind needed a facelift.  I decided to try my hand at making it within the general aesthetic of steampunk.  I started out painting it metallic copper.  Then I realized I had nothing to coordinate with copper.  I repainted it with an antique gold spray paint.

This piece was coming along rather nicely.  I finally found a piece of wood that fit the largest grinding wheel perfectly.  I found that nice resin embellishment on the middle wheel & painting it to look more like wood.  I was pleased.  After all the adhesives cured, I hung it on the wall to photograph it. That’s where it went awry.

There is a whole in the center of the larger grinding wheels, it’s how they attach to the grinder.  When I attached the new hanging hardware, I neglected to realize the wire would run directly across that hole.  When I hung it up for photographing, I ended up hanging it not from the wire, but managed to balance the hole on the screw.  At least it balanced long enough for me to take two steps back.  CRASH it went and, of course, it hit the a light stand on the only really fragile part, the thin wood piece.

In the photograph you can see the damage to the wood.  It’s in the upper left corner.  I used this photo so you can see the damage clearly.  I painted over it so it’s less noticeable now.  I’m hoping that someone falls in love with it enough to buy it at the discounted price (which is less than the cost of materials).