Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Wheelbarrow of Thesus

The guy who made the video called it a restoration. Here's what he started with.


The first step was a complete disassembly. That put him here.


This isn't the start of a restoration. It's a 3D model of a wooden wheelbarrow. There's just enough remaining to use as a guide to fashion replacements. He uses a few salvageable parts from the right side in the finished product mostly as an homage.

It's a great job and a good video, even if you skip along, worth it to see the finished project.




There are a few things that make this project possible. He had the wreckage of the original. He had the skill, the tools, and the interest to take on the work. The scale of the project was manageable. That last one, given the state of decay, is crucial. He might have been able to save a horse drawn wagon in a similar condition. But a barn? A church? A boat?

6 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Nice work.

Beans said...

And he does it with the aid of his sidekick, Avril.

I love watching his videos as he finds fun old stuff from all over provincial France. The wheelbarrow isn't the only "No way he could fix that!" video he has. The care he takes to keep it looking as authentic and original as possible is crazy

There's a whole host of restoration videos, from tools to household items to... Tonka Toys (old school metal ones.) I learned how to pour Babbitt bearings from Hand Tool Rescue. And the need for decent machine moving equipment from Salvage Workshop.

Amazing the work people put in to some very interesting stuff.

But beware, a simple restoration video will lead you into machining videos and that will take you to... Project Binky (and Project Escargot) from Bad Obsession Motorsports (and I tried to resist and how have watched all their videos three times through and there are more coming, slowly...)

Brad said...

Cool project, but: even for humble things like the wheelbarrow, progress exists. In our previous house, we found a wheelbarrow of similar design, although it was metal. Even after necessary TLC, it was terrible to use: the wheel is so far forward that your arms carry too much weight.

Greg said...

The video is wonderful, and for it's purpose is gorgeous...But... One of the hardest life lessons I've had to grapple with is learning that so many projects are just not worth the time, expense, and effort. In restoring an old house, the dilemma is often where to stop tearing out old crap to start patching on the new. I used to joke that my "sweat equity" was worth about $0.50 an hour for the time I put in. I've repaired a lot of stuff, from small appliances to old cars, but in the end I've spent many times the cost of just trashing the old wreck and buying a new one. Still, I do appreciate the restoration of old airplanes and cars and pieces of history like this old wheelbarrow.

Ted said...

Lots of restorations don't make economic sense. Just watch any Auto Auction on TV you'll see that 95% of the Cars go for half the cost of the restoration work. Clearly Making a profit is not what motivates the owners of these cars. People want to restore the past in those cars. They will gladly pay what ever it takes to finally drive the car they could not have when they were 20 but now can afford.

Other people restore things just to prove that they still have the skills needed to do the work.

Paul, Dammit! said...

I'm with Beans here. Restoration videos are my reward after a long day at work.