Tim Mantoani :: My Grandfather’s Hammer

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by Tim Mantoani

My Grandfather, who we affectionately called “Pal”, made his living as a carpenter for Arthur Brothers Construction in San Mateo, California. One of the few things I inherited from him as his hammer. Every time I hold it in my hand, it makes me smile and think back to the countless hours he spent with that hammer in his hand, over the lifetime of his career. He built everything; building, restaurants, a dollhouse for my sister, and even Jet’s doghouse, his beloved black lab. Pal’s hammer, like my camera, was the tool that allowed him to create his art.

A few years ago, I began purchasing hammers at swap meets, garage sales and online, realizing that each of them has an unique story to tell. l As you view these hammers, look closely, listen to them speak, and let them tell you the story of their life. 

To see more of Tim Mantoani’s work go to his website and Altpick page.

About altpick connects

Established in 1991, The Alternative Pick commenced with a clear mission, providing creative buyers with a vehicle to source the best brightest and most exciting illustrators, photographers, graphic designers and animators in the business. The Alternative Pick sourcebook (1992-2005) became the outlet for cutting-edge commercial talent, offering a unique platform for artists to showcase their work. The Alternative Pick Deck (2009-2012) offered a fun and engaging format for locating leading commercial artists. In addition, The Altpick Awards (2003-2011) introduced yet another way to provide a platform for talents to shine. To meet the demands of an ever-changing industry, Altpick.com was launched in 1996 and presently provides a vehicle for talent to utilize the web to connect more effectively with buyers. As we mark our 30th anniversary in 2021, Altpick.com remains a premier source for creative professionals and we plan to continue to push the envelope providing the best vehicle for buyers to connect with creative talent.
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