Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Remembering

Having the will and the financial resources isn't enough. Someone has to know how.

EngelsCoachShop has a YouTube channel and he has posted some very interesting videos of his work.  What follows is a compilation video of wheel building. I picked this one because these are huge wheels, built for a heavy borax wagon, and because the whole job is shown in one video. You can watch this and other projects in detail on his channel.

The shop has all the tools and machines. Some new, some very old. They use what works. You might see a century old hand tool one moment and a chainsaw the next. They are building wagons and wheels for antique repairs and reproductions.

 If you put me in there and told me to build a wheel, my first attempts would pretty sorry affairs. Even with all the equipment, it is the decades of accumulated knowledge gained while working in a craft that is important.


4 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

We're losing all BASIC knowledge on how to keep a civilization going. If the grid ever goes down for an extended period, we are in deep sh_t.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

(wiat til you discover the This Old Tony machinist channel... doesn't gibe with your historical makers them, tho he links to those, but just for the joy of TOT stuff.)

Old NFO said...

Excellent video, and yes, a lost art (one of many)...

drjim said...

Amazing workmanship!