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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from the SouthWest of Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “I am a sentimental old fellow. I am blessed to have many tools and such that belonged to my dad and my granddad. I even carry the name of both of them in my first and middle moniker. I have had this old Millers Falls drill for a good while. It’s design and mechanism have always cried out to be photographed. It also gives me the tender grace of feeling my PaPa Jim’s solid hands upon it. The best hand drills ever made came out of the Millers Falls factory in the first half of the 20th century. While many people used these drills for boring holes in metal, the tools proved remarkably adept at becoming the first generation of cordless drills for woodworking. These drills are today called eggbeater drills because of the way the drive mechanism works. The main gear turns either one or two pinions on the tool’s shaft to turn the chuck backward or forward, just like an old kitchen eggbeater. 

Be warmed by connection to your past!”

More from Jim at his website.


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6 responses to “Connection to the Past”

  1. meticulousmick Avatar

    Great shot and interesting warm write up. MM 🍀


  2. suej Avatar

    I agree, I can be quite sentimental at times, and love to have one or two items that connect me to people in my past… Nice post.


  3. bumblepuppies Avatar

    Excellent photo. Aside from the artistic quality, it made me want to know what it was.


  4. spartacus2030 Avatar

    Interesting! Like riding a bike to turn your lights on :O)


  5. Tina Schell Avatar

    Love the shot, love the tool, love the generational aspect. Nicely done


  6. vastlycurious.com Avatar

    I have one of these! Love this!


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