Breathing or Choked

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When this came through the Habitat Restore where I volunteer, I recognized it to be the air/choke intake for a two-barrel carburetor. If you were born after 1980 you probably don’t know what it is or how it works. I believe it mounts on top of a two-barrel carburetor that feeds the air and gas to the car engine with a steady misty spray. The gas is drawn into the engine by the pistons going up and down, sucking the gas through. The little flaps lying open in the center of each tube close if more gas is needed and open when the engine warms up. Perhaps some of you car enthusiasts can give us more information.

Larger V-8 engines had four-barrel carburetors which doubled the amount of gas flow to the engine, therefore increasing the power. They were also used on race cars to increase power and speed.

Newer technology made carburetors obsolete, with the development of electronic fuel injection which perfectly controls the flow of fuel for every condition. That is why cars today start of the first or second turn of the engine.

New technology

Makes car engines run smoothly

Carburetors gone


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Unwanted Treasures

Walnut table

I believe meaning and purpose often dies with us. Emotions are very hard to pass on …except through genetic predispositions. So much is gone when one dies. A lifetime of memories and stories are left untold, while a few cherished moments and trauma live on …sometimes for generations.

I see it happening, when I volunteer at the Habitat Restore. Parents die leaving a houseful of keepsakes. A handful are saved, and our box truck brings us the rest. Stuff often loses meaning when passed from generation to generation. Young folks have their life, their own stuff; So, unwanted treasures from the past go to be sold to someone who will cherish them, and then perhaps they too will be passed on, resold, or discarded.

Our cherished treasures

full of memories long past

Help build new houses



Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Note: Habitat for Humanity Restore is a place that takes donations of many kinds that are resold. The money is used to build new low-income houses for families who otherwise would not be able to afford one. In the past our store alone has taken in enough in one year to build ten new houses.

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Changing Perspective


I was back to painting again this week. I got a framed canvas painting from the Habitat Restore that had a small pencil point size hole in the top center of the sky. I patched the hole with some glue, but the indention still showed after I painted over the sky. I decided to make a bird out of the hole patch. It is the one on the right in the center of the picture. You can see the tiny hole in the bottom painting.

The original painting below had a nice landscape perspective but seemed a little bland to me. I decided to add the stone bridge and a steam train. I also added more color and changed the mountain and water. I am happy with the way it came out.

Changing perspective

Keeping natures foundation

Covering defects


~my original sketch on the Restore canvas~

Recycled Painting from the Habitat Restore – Dwight L. Roth

The Original Recliner…

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This beautiful old chair came in to the Habitat Restore on Thursday while I was volunteering there. It had an arm post that had pulled loose which I reattached. I was amazed to see that it was not just a straight chair, but also an antique recliner. It had a very old wood and metal design mechanism that worked very well. The foot rest pulled out to adjust to the length of one’s legs. I never saw any like this before! As you can see it had some cosmetic issues with the lamination missing along the seat, but overall, it was in sound condition. 

Antique recliner

An ingenious design

The first Lazy Boy




Photos: Dwight L. Roth

You Can’t Take It With You

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Being retired allows me the freedom to volunteer at our local Habitat Restore. The store depends on donations from the community which are resold at our store.  The money raised is used to build affordable housing for families who qualify. One of the things I have observed is that much of the donated furniture we get comes to us after the death of older family members. The children take what they want and then give us the rest to sale. Sometimes there are no children and we get most of what is left behind.

Here are two major items that were donated recently. The end tables and center piece were acquired by the owner when he was stationed in Japan. They are beautiful hand carved pieces that were then brought back when he came back to the States.  The tall room divider that was donated appears to have come from China. It also was brought to this country by the owner. It is very difficult to get the full value of an object. We usually resale for about half of the original value or less. Hopefully we will find a buyer for these items.

Cherished items stay

When death come calling for us

All is left behind

Children take what is desired

Cherished memories are resold

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Photos are from the Union County Habitat for Humanity Restore in Monroe, NC

Mystery Bridge

Do you recognize this bridge? A few years ago while I was working at the Habitat Restore, we got an old wooden desk donated. While cleaning it up for resale, I found the small 3 x 3 black and white photo above in one of the drawers. It appeared to be an old post WWII era photo of a bridge, and on the back it said Savan River Bridge. I was intrigued by the picture and did some research, but came up with nothing with that name.

I though it looked like a bridge that could have been in Paris so I started looking at bridge images on line and found that it is the Ponte Alexander iii bridge. It was named in honor of a Russian Czar. You can read about it at this web site: Pont Alexandre III – Wikipedia

I decided to paint the bridge and this is how it came out: It is 3′ x 4′

Mystery bridge found

in Paris crossing the Seine

Someone’s lost treasure

The Oyster Gatherers of Cancale by John Singer Sargent (restoration)

A few weeks ago a 22 x 28 print on canvas, of the Oyster Gatherers of Cancale, came in to the Habitat Restore where I volunteer. It was in very bad shape with stains and yellow with cigarette smoke. We could not clean it, so I decided to get it and attempt to do a restoration on it to bring it back to life. I painted over the colors with acrylic paints, trying to keep the feel of the original. This is what I completed today. The original is below.


Smoke stains covered with fresh paint

Life on French seashore


“John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was an American expatriate artist, considered the “leading portrait painter of his generation” for his evocations of Edwardian-era luxury. He was born in Florence to American parents, and trained in Paris before moving to London, living most of his life in Europe. He enjoyed international acclaim as a portrait painter.

From the beginning, Sargent’s work is characterized by remarkable technical facility, particularly in his ability to draw with a brush, which in later years inspired admiration as well as criticism for a supposed superficiality.

In later life Sargent expressed ambivalence about the restrictions of formal portrait work, and devoted much of his energy to mural painting and working en plein air. Art historians generally ignored “society” artists such as Sargent until the late 20th century.”

Born to Run

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

This is my second painting of horses running in the surf. The person who bought the first one asked for a second one with some darker horses. I went back to basics and this painting turned out even better than my white horses. The gold leaf frame is from the Habitat Restore as is the recycled 18 x 20 canvas!

The horses remind me of the wild horses that roam on the outer banks of North Carolina and Virginia.

Running wild and free

Stirring up the the foaming surf

Mole crabs burrow deep

Cutting Art

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Recycled old saw

Dull teeth will never  be sharp

A paradigm shift

Steel blade now a work of art

Blending rust with the ocean


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I finished painting these scenes today on an old saw from Habitat Restore.  Both scenes are on one saw; one scene on each side. This is a fun way to repurpose old saws that would otherwise be discarded.

Painting Summer

Country Mountains painting

What do you do when you get a couple of days of warm weather in the middle of winter? You paint Summer! Yesterday was an unusually warm seventy degrees Fahrenheit. I decided to paint a photo on Masonite board that came into the local Habitat Restore. I kept the landscape and added the barn for a point of interest.  I took out a few of the cows in the field. It was sixty degrees today, but warm enough to finish the painting.


Winter takes a rest

Warm air sneaks in for a day

I paint summer dreams


Painting: Dwight L. Roth