Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A story of its own

Here's a shot of the latest scene my niece (the hard parts) and I created this weekend. The handcrafted cherrywood desk is a replica of an antique high corner bookcase desk.

The other special piece is the "vase." If you look at the closeup you'll notice it's a life size bullet casing! This summer I received a wonderful box of miniature furniture and odd pieces from the mother of a friend.

There were two casings in the box; I haven't decided what to do with the other. Maybe I'll make myself a pendant.

The woman who passed the box on lives in the midwest (Protecting the innocent and all, I won't name her.) Her son is a very smart, mild-mannered engineer going for an MBA. Her daughter is an amazing woman, a writer with a law-abiding partner and child. I can't imagine anyone in the family having done the deed that resulted in this spent casing.

How did my benefactor come by these casings? Was she a cop in an earlier life? I think I would know. A hunter? Not. Could she have ... ? No, no, no.

I'll just have to create my own story.

Have you ever come upon something like this, that seemed to have a secret story of its own?


Sheila Connolly said...

In Massachusetts it's illegal to possess spent casings (unless you have a firearms permit, I believe)--I think there's a $250 fine per piece.

But it's always intriguing to see what people have saved over their lives--not always what you'd expect. Lots of stories there.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know that, Sheila, and here I live in MA. My 15 drawer mini tool kit has many saved items - for what is a good question, though I've been able to unload some to Camille. In fact, might do so again soon. xoxoxox

Terri Thayer said...

That's awesome! Got to be able to use that in one of your books. Hidden in plain sight...

Linda O. Johnston said...

I love to hear of oddities that spark story ideas, and this sounds like a great one. Fun!

Camille Minichino said...

Illegal? Now I'm sorry I told you all! ;=))
I'll have to check other states' laws.

I look forward to bags and boxes of oddities like this, as my relatives and friends give me who knows what.

No surprise that Linda and Terri are also thinking of story ideas!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Good grief, ladies. I just got rid of my spent casings before I moved. I had them from a friend's father's 21-gun salute at his funeral, and some from my trip to a shooting range. Who would have guessed. I don't even want to think about the possible illegality of the bird's nest I brought here from Missouri!

Betty Hechtman said...

I am at my place in Chicago and there are lots of oddities left by my mother. I just noticed this figurene of a confederate soldier and wondered where it came from.

Camille Minichino said...

It sounds like the start of a historical, Betty!