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Utterly mesmerized

#1 Post by Bill in Oregon » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:42 pm

It made me oddly proud to know there are men still capable of this kind of patient, exacting craftsmanship. Who'd have thought a borax wagon could be a work of art and artisanship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JVcE8gho4k

There are more in the series, if you get addicted like I did.

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#2 Post by Pitchy » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:35 pm

Really cool Bill, takes a crew for sure. 8)
And the finished product.
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#3 Post by JerryB » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:36 pm

Thanks Bill that is a real project, and some real old time craftsmanship at work.
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#4 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:54 am

Watched that one, too, Pitchy. My late Uncle Paul was a mule man through and through. He would have loved that video.
I thought seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales up close was cool, but I can't imagine seeing a real 20-mule team hauling borax wagons.

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#5 Post by Pitchy » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:37 am

Check these monsters out Bill, talk about wheel making. :shock:

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#6 Post by Nath » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:36 am

Awesome film. Thanks for the links.
What a workshop!

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#7 Post by marlinman93 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:33 am

Boraxo used to sell miniature kits to assemble your own scaled down table top replica of the 20 mule team wagon train. They are pretty rare today, as hardly anyone ever completed the kits once they saw how much work it took! Friend of mine's wife took a year to complete a kit he found in the late 1970's and they still have it.

That video was fantastic Bill! Real old world craftsmanship! And it shows that much of that work still can't be done as well by machines, and the ingenuity of the men who built the tools to make them today.
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#8 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:01 am

Vall, I dimly remember those kits, but I was such a lousy model maker I never would have attempted one. I recall, too, how popular model sailing ships were in the 1950s and 60s -- another genre I was too clumsy to attempt.

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#9 Post by Griff » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:26 am

A coupla guys I've been following: From Acorns to Arabella. If I had any talent, that's the kinda stuff I'd like to be doing... My wife still laughs at my 1st attempt at bookshelves... I'm so glad she has a sense of humor! :twisted:
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#10 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:50 pm

Griff, my furniture looks great too, from the 50-yard line. :lol:
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