Skip to comments.Holding It All Together (mini documentary)
Posted on 05/12/2013 1:00:20 PM PDT by Lorianne
Mini doc on Central Texas Tools of Abilene TX, 3 generations of machinists.
I’ve been by that place many times- it is, indeed, on a lonely street (although just off the main drag). I have to admit that I was shocked to see that they are still running machines off a line shaft- even most antique machines have been refitted with electric motors, as the belting is very dangerous. It was nice to see them using a metal shaper, though- very slow and outmoded tool, but sometimes just the thing for a one-off project.
60 miles from my front door to that shop.
We have some still functional antiques in our farm workshop too. I can identify with the family. I grew up working with my father repairing farm equipment in our shop. We only worked on our own and neighbors. Some of those neighbor families have been friends for 120+ years.
We branched into the planting seed business. The seed processing building, grain bins and pit scales were built/installed by my family. There is a lot of one of a kind design in them. No blueprints, it was just in my father’s head before we began.
I was away for 25 years, but back since 1995.
My father still does not own a computer, but can cut hips and valleys for a roof with a framing square that will amaze you as to fit. He never set foot on the roof but when the pieces were cut, they fit perfectly when we installed them.
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