Fits in hand
December 2, 2012
At Doofnac Xemi, Tucumcari, NM
I found this object in the dilapidated junk store Doofnac Xemi in 2009. This was a junk store in every meaning of the word—the store itself was falling apart, and most of the objects inside weren’t worth their equivalent volume in breathable air. But one object caught my eye because it had the word “TRUTH” stamped into it. I knew that if I purchased it, I could always say “I found the truth at Doofnac Xemi.”
However, I have no idea what it is.
- Markers used are measured in centimeters.
- It’s old. The screws are flathead.
- It’s a fairly mild steel as it rusts.
- TRUTH is an old tool company.
- The hinge is very strong, but only opens slightly. It’s open fully in the photos.
- It was used to make flanges or crimps.
- It may have involved heat—there seem to be bits of melted insulation on it.
- The screws are in a “parked” position. They were probably used to hold this tool shut.
- Truth Hardware, probably maker of this object
- Alloy Artifacts – examples of Truth tools
- Wikipedia on Tucumcari (features the legend)
- A poem about Doofnac Xemi