gearbender and rustmorte

gearbender & rustmorte

on october 30, 2012 gearbender & rustmorte hung out their shingle & opened shop.


‘gearbender & rustmorte’ was born of a yen to find homes for their beloved stuff.  of a certain age, g & r are asking the big questions… how do you put this little pocket knife in your will?

50's parrot

 or a beater wwII leather flight jacket, kimonos, a blow torch, hubcaps, wife beater undershirt, rusty square nails, 50s lingerie, 40s dresses, crocheted potholders, kitsch knick knacks…  or this bird?

les & her frozen featherheads

grandma’s 50’s parrot (or is it a cockatiel?) in her new home with ‘les & her frozen featherheads’, happy in the collection of the birdwoman of minnesota, sweet leslye erickson. thank you, leslye. (latest news from leslye, grandma’s bird is called ‘goldie’.)

cabbage rose dress

nic bought this vintage dress for yours truly. it had hung in a wonderful exhibit at the hallie ford museum in salem, OR with the vintage dresses of a veterinarian, several of which nic bought & brought home for me. wish i could remember the vet’s name or the woman’s who curated the show. check out those cabbage roses & paisleys. before laser printing!

bridget stanford, UK

& here it is now on the beautiful bridget stanford who lives across the pond in the UK. WOW!


the vet is happy, the curator is happy, g & b are happy just looking at bridget glammed up & smiling in that museum worthy dress now in its 70th+ year.

michaels vase

finding homes for favorite vases proves possible too. the blue green painted glass vase perches at jim little’s & michael owen’s well-appointed pad in edmonds, WA.

jim & michael

& a convo (etsy talk for conversation) is sent to Gearbender & Rustmorte with this picture of the vase with a lovely bouquet of glads. glad to be glad guys. thanks!

black vassarette slip

o yes… an ample collection of midcentury lingerie items once called underslips. a slip is maybe one of the sexiest & most serviceable items of women’s clothing ever made. remember elizabeth taylor, langorous & sultry, in her underslip & high heels on the bed in ‘cat on a hot tin roof?’ hot hot hot.

mariclair werrmann NJ

hello mariclair werrmann in new jersey! thank you thank you for convo-ing your picture in the mirror in this 50’s black vassarette slip with lace & antron nylon tricot. nothing can beat antron nylon tricot for that slinky, silky feel. love the beads, mariclair! way to rock midcentury lingerie!


nic’s grandmother’s ferocious hen & rooster. beauties. signed brad keelers. a little research on the web turned up keeler’s granddaughter, cati porter, a poet herself, who has been collecting her grandfather’s work with plans of opening a museum/exhibit in his name. we communicated & eventually packaged up these birds & sent them off to california.

cati porter

top shelf of cati keeler’s collection. that’s the answer, how can you do it? to paraphrase poet james dickey, to be an american poet you have to be willing to sell your grandmother downriver.

brad keeler

letting go is never easy, especially if the rooster & the hen have been in the family a long time & you’ve bathed & dried them ogling the artistry of their tail feathers or the mean look in their eyes.


a vintage silk kimono with hand stitching & a beautiful pink silk lining all the way from japan. it once belonged to takako’s mother. takako is a good friend who gifted gearbender & rustmorte with several lovely kimonos some years back that she wanted no more having inherited an abundance.


from the island of japan to the state of colorado, fabulously modeled here by sherry beck. WOW! looks out of sight on you in the foreground of firs, mountains & sky, delicate sherry in a POW of abstract floral silk. thank you, sherry! it’s a lovely variation on a caftan around a pool & you look great!

valerie ferguson CA

more green than blue, a 40s miniature vase with no maker’s mark. no mccoy, but rustmorte relished it anyway. lo, another relishee thus loved it too & added it to her collection.

miniature green vase:valerie ferguson

 valerie fergusen in california convo’d this picture of the happy noname happy as a clam with valerie’s collection of treasures. it’s taken me a long time to thank you for your kindnesses. maybe you too know the attachment to things.


nic’s and sloy’s best western summer slept here’s. part 3


july 30. best western plus hood river, hood river, OR

we splurge & rent a suite exactly like this pictured from the hotel’s website, arriving here quixotically by an unmapped road, taken blindly, from detroit, a small town on the santiam pass, toward breitenbush hot springs. over the mountains thru wilderness on a narrow unmarked road with 1 bottle of water & 2 pieces of banana bread. at times choices…this weedy paved lane or that… both with equal encroaching wilderness & walls of trees. occasional views of mount hood our lodestar. blind faith leads us at last safely to the columbia river gorge & our sweet suite.

living room

living room. a twin to our very room.  website’s official photographer is shooting from the front of a black wet bar, sink, cupboards, dining table for 4. black framed enamel paint abstract art above the fireplace.


luxie tiled bathroom, chrome rain shower, double sink, tray of upscale complimentary toiletries, spa bathrobes, towels.


view downstream from balcony

unpeopled walkway in this official photo. balconies have 2 chairs & a small table. they overlook a stream of passers by below. wind surfers, kite boarders, barges & large ships of commerce navigating the columbia river beyond. & the stream of traffic crossing the bridge to washington state shores. long trains caterpillaring alongside cliffs.

hr breakfast

a best western breakfast on the deck of the hotel’s restaurant, riverside. bloody mary mix made from scratch, a menu with local ingredients, freshly prepared. hearty, well crisped bacon strips, real sausages (delicious), crunchy toasted bread, organic eggs scrambled just for you with golden yolks. table service & more… all complimentary, except the drinks. best western hood river is a gem of best westerns. it has an actual chef. thanks to patricia young for tipping us off to dining here overlooking the mighty columbia.

cost : 1 night. suite + lunch, dinner & drinks  $301.30

shanna rama bed

 july 31. best western plus rama inn, redmond, OR

our room the following nite.  we take highway 197 (97) from hood river to redmond. one of those panoramic swooping drives among golden hills that dives into the canyons of maupin. shanna above, my daughter. we are here to accompany family, our 10 year old grandson, nathan, his father, guy, to the deschutes county fair.  you see here the end of the bed, shanna’s hips, & the front of the cabinet with tv, coffee maker, & buzzing mini fridge. lone tree art on wall.

family gathering at rama bedroom

family gathering

rama inn redmond

dave & nate in the seating area. view outside, filtered by drapes & gauzy curtaining, parking spaces,  a lot with rv’s for sale, & in the distance billboards.

we forgo the best western breakfast, & stop on the way home at sisters for breakfast before crossing the santiam pass.

cost $132.66

greentree inn room

august 24. best western greentree inn, eugene, OR

the first best western desk clerk to interrogate me as to why i was registered as government. are you kidding? he wasn’t. his people at best had made my reservation. they aren’t my people he said. turned out seniors get the same rate as government so alls well that ends well?

best western greentree inn, eugene

 sitting area from bed. flowers in a vase art. windows & balcony beyond the drapes opening onto trees, a bike/walking path & the willamette river.

greentree balcony

looking back at our unit

willamette river from balcony

view from the balcony

best western greentree inn

 the university of oregon campus is across the street from the greentree inn. we take a sentimental stroll around the grounds of my old alma matter & up into pioneer cemetery.  meet up with poets deb casey & john witte at the art museum & revisit the office building where i once shared an office with john. flowers handpicked by josie, deb & john’s daughter & blueberry crumble from deb.

cost $120.32


sept. 8  best western plus ponderosa inn. sisters, OR

cowboy themed. tan & buckskin colors. cowboy art, log furniture. vast, lovely grounds with trails into the piney woods, a corral of llamas guests can feed, large pool & jacuzzi.

ponderosa view with nate

nate at the pool

checking out the grounds

taking in the collection of actual old prairie schooners out front of the lobby.  authentic old pans, saddles, horseshoes, plaques, western paraphernalia in & around the lobby & the breakfast room.

breakfast room

1 of 2 rooms for breakfast. no scrambled eggs here only the cold hard boiled bw offering, but many choices for those who dig hotcakes or waffles or mush, cold cereal, bagels, english muffins, pastries, bananas, the usual breakfast offerings from bw’s. one additional item at the ponderosa we had not seen before, & nic had to try, a bean, egg & cheese tortilla he warmed by microwave.

nate & grandpa

we are staying at a best western in sisters since the best western in bend is no more. but our reason for being here is to watch nate, 10 years old, play his first football game of the season in bend. his team wins resoundingly. nate with grandpa dave & his stuffed llama from the lobby llamas for sale.

cost $125.07

victoria best western plus inner harbor

 sept. 18 & 19.  best western plus inner harbor, victoria BC

a city view room for 2 nites, 1 nite comped from our accumulated nites. in victoria, bc for the first time. our first passports. a handome older hotel building with parking underneath. wallpaper. mediterranean pictures.

room toward window

looking toward seating area, kitchen off to right.

window view

sitting area & “city” view, as described on the hotel website.


a separate room for the kitchen, an actual kitchen. &  a new one on us, packets of coffee creamer here are labeled coffee whitener.


the kitchen nook table & chair. breakfasts are served in a lovely greenhouse addition with all the usual offerings, heaps of pastries, croissants, fresh fruit, waffles, pancakes made in a weird machine that conveyors perfectly shaped, hot pancakes from batter mix poured into it to plate, scrambled eggs 1 morning, omelets the next.

view of the james bay

out the back of the bw is the inner harbor, james bay, many restaurants & shops & the historic buildings of downtown victoria.

looking at emily eye to eye

we came to victoria for our final adventure of summer, to ride the ferry through the lovely san juan islands, & to see the work of artist emily carr. here emily sits with one of her dogs & her monkey woo & in the backdrop victoria’s other empress. a lovely goodbye to summer travels.

cost $177.26, 1 nite comped, plus $16.37 parking for 2 nites