You just never know what’s going to show up in my inbox.  Last week I received the clipping below from Jim Bystry of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. Jim said he received it from Sue Shapiro of Bell Hardware in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  I’m guessing Jim’s had it laying around for a while because it’s dated February 14th, 2005.

When Jim sent the clipping he asked, “Can you see why she sent this to me?”  Can you?  (Click to enlarge.)

I spotted the closer right away, and it looks to be an LCN 4111.  I tracked down Bob Thompson, creator of this kinetic sculpture and many others, to find out what the closer was used for in his sculptures.  Bob and his wife Karen told me that they rescued two closers from the scrap heap at a school where Karen worked, and they use them as dampers to counteract the vibration in the rear steering wheel.

From what I can tell, Bob has used the same 2 closers on several different kinetic sculptures, including Patriot Act and Black Tie Affair.  Bob sent me the photos of Black Tie Affair below:

And here’s a close-up:

Keep your eyes peeled for unusual hardware applications and send me some photos!


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