Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hudson Beach Combing part 3: Metal

(february...the month for tying up loose ends.  This blog entry should have been posted last summer...)

The metals can be divided into two simple sub-categories: the junk I bring home in my bike basket,

and the junk I must leave behind for future archeologists, like this portable typewriter

and this extreeeemly heavy rusty bucket of railroad spikes.

which was buried deep down in the sand when I discovered it.

Of all my metal finds, my favorite things are these little mystery trinkets:
which appear to be once-molten bits of aluminum (though they feel heavier than aluminum).  Some of them have a sort of liquidy, art nouveau feel to them. (click to enlarge)

I like to pretend the one pictured at right here 
was perhaps once a tiny pocket saint carried off to sea with some WWII sailor, and found its way back up the Hudson over the years.


  1. When I saw that piece of metal, I immediately pictured EXACTLY what you did - some kind of pocket saint! It's very clear - to me!

    I love love love rusty metal bits and pieces - I'm constantly picking them up. Too bad you couldn't bring home that bucket of railroad spikes - they are so photogenic!!!

    P.S. I came up with a name for those little bits - "UHM". (Unidentified hunks of metal). :=}

  2. Could these UHMs be solder ?
    Really beautiful !