Photos, Prints, Drawings Drill bit used in mining, reused as a fence post at a home in Friendly View, West Virginia

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Dates 1995
Location Friendly View
Raleigh County
West Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Mine Machinery
Drill bit used in mining, reused as a fence post at a home in Friendly View, West Virginia
Contributor Names
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Fall
-  October
-  Mine machinery
-  Recycling
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Friendly View
-  "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" is one of those sayings often associated with the practice of recycling. But there is also an aesthetic dimension to recycling, sometimes referred to as "mimetic excess" (Stewart, Taussig). Here recycling is not just "making do," it is the practice of making ordinary things exceed themselves. Creatively redeployed, elements of one order may outgrow their original functions and become transformed to serve other purposes, in ways that are both functional and entertaining, and that serve up history and local identity as well. Mining bits can become fence posts, roof bolts can become tomato stakes, camper tops can shelter potatoes through the winter, a stop sign can patch a rusted wheelbarrow, and engine blocks can become floor supports for a new home.
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C028-17
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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