Friday, May 28, 2010
The sketch is of a derelict truck, a Willys Overland, circa 1929 -1932 (I owned a Willys 1932 sedan once, long ago). I'd noticed the truck many times, half-hidden in the trees and shrubs, as I drove past on one of our county roads. There are no buildings visible in the area. Judging by the utility boxes on the back of the truck, it might have been some sort of repair/service vehicle, perhaps serving the logging companies that once operated here before the industry went into decline.
I searched my disorganized files for a few photos of old, abandoned timber sawmills, and nearby workers' houses, which I'd come across while working on two earth dams in northern California forests, but the photos remain hidden away somewhere. The memories of seeing those relics, closed chapters of other forgotten stories, came to mind as I sat sketching this truck.
Gathering such woolly material for stories is always part of the process, but it needs writing, too.