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Wanted: One distressed tool belt
Friday, September 26, 2008

I start touring with my new book, MAN OF THE HOUSE, next Wednesday, with a trip up through Jacksonville, and on into Macon, Georgia. I'm taking my toolbelt and truck as props for my talks.

Problem, though: The toolbelt in my photo was a borrowed one. And, knowing I would need a belt during all six weeks of touring, I went out and bought a similar leather one at Home Depot.

New problem: It looks too new. And the THE MAN OF THE HOUSE certainly must have a toolbelt that is broken in ... one that looks like it's actually been used.

I rubbed it across the cement to scratch it up a bit. I'm thinking of dripping some paint and oil on it.

I need some ideas here. How does one put six years on a tool belt in one week's time?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

give it to the dog.

September 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that yogurt can age things. Saw Martha Stewart do it with a fountain once.

September 26, 2008 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put it in the drive4way with some gravel and run over it with your pickup. Over and over and over.

Put it in your clothes drier with a Clorox-soaked rag.

Beat it against your seawall.

Pound it with a mallet.

Bury it in the cat box.

September 27, 2008 at 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandpaper, various grades.
Definitely sandpaper.

September 27, 2008 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drag it behind your pickup on a chain.

September 27, 2008 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pour beer on it, of course. Then overstuff it while it's wet. When it dries, sandpaper it a bit. And do drip a little paint on it for good measure.

September 27, 2008 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

These are all awesome, folks! Thanks. I'm going to take before and after shots and post them right here!

September 28, 2008 at 8:46 AM  

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