Back when I started this blog I posted some pics from the Watts Campbell factory in Newark NJ, a more or less early 20th Century steam engine factory that was stuck in amber for fifty years.
Every year, as part of his paying it forward, master machinist and YouTuber Keith Fenner, owner of TurnWright machine works has run a tool box giveaway for some worthy apprentices just entering the trades. This is a very good cause as getting started in machining requires expensive tools.
This year seems bigger than ever.
This is a good cause that Keith has done for Four years now as a volunteer effort. As he said, the whole thing is a contributor effort. If you have some tools that you no longer need this is a good home for them. Contributing for shipping is not a bad thing either as previous winners have been international as well as domestic. Work doesn’t have borders.
Solidsmack linked to an interesting video on the design of the new Nerf Blasters.
Is a model railroad art? I don’t know, but the people at Miniatur Wunderland have been doing some fun and creative stuff for a long time and makin millions of people happy.
Here’s the video.
The Youtube channel is filled with good stuff.
Best of all you can visit virtually.
Truly a wonderful creative thing
Is the 10,000 hour wrong or just misunderstood?
Last year I posted a video of a man making Japanese Kokeshi dolls. Here’s another one. I’ve wanted to do a longer post about these wonderful wooden dolls. When I was doing Ebay years ago, I encountered these wonderful wooden dolls in tag sales and sold a couple of them. So I had done some research on before and I wanted to share the fruits of that research.
We like to think that the maker movement is something new. Actually making has been around for a long time and magazines back in the 1930’s like Popular Science and Popular mechanics fed the need for people to make stuff. My grandfather had a shop and I suspect that a lot of other people did to. A whole back I found a collection of stuff to make printed by Popular Science. some things in the book are strange to people today and much of it is downright dangerous. It’s all fun though.