The day after our Makeville Studio spokeshave workshop Linda, Joel and I visited the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan. The Met is so large, the collection so vast that it defies description. Joel grew up nearby so this was one of his playgrounds. He led our tour of the various galleries and collections, particularly the ones with all the furniture.
But there was one table that we couldn’t figure out.
Two leafs, simple: pull the table out from the wall, extend the extra leg that’s hiding behind, flip the top leaf over to double the table top surface and deal the cards. But three leaves?
Joel thinks you can swap out tops for different game boards (checkers or backgammon, perhaps). I decided that the middle leaf would just stick up to form a barricade between the two sides for playing battleship. We asked the guards but they had no idea. They did keep an eagle eye on us, though, because they sensed that we were that close to opening that sucker up. I asked Linda to create a diversion but Joel stopped us from going through with it. He hates handcuffs, apparently. Maybe something from his past. Anyway, does anyone out there know about these and how they work and what they’re for and and?
Anyway we saw remarkable things, many many remarkable things, and I doubt we saw a small fraction of the collection. Just amazing. Highly recommended.
Cloudy but warm; a walk-in-the-park day — which we did.
It was a great day in New York. One I’ll remember.