Bill Aycock on mon 23 apr 01
Mr. Herbert has the right philosophy- make your own. I am a retired
Aerospace engineer, at an age (*) where I have seen, first-hand- the
artisans we no longer have, doing their trade. I know how to make my own,
but many (most, this age?) need help.
THere is an Author, of several books- born in Java- educated (Engineering)
in Holland-, changed to fine arts and aprenticed to a scuptor in Chicago-
now- He knows how to REALLY make tools-
His name is Alexander G. Weygers, and I was first exposed to him through
the book- "THe Making of Tools", and later, "The Recycling, Use & Repair of
Tools". He started making his own, in order to get what he needed (wanted).
He moved to Carmel, California, and holds (held?- I'm not up to date)
workshops for artists and Craftsmen.
His publisher is Van Nostrand- Reinhold, and, if you can find a copy- get
it, or see your library.
THe cover of the paper-back issue has the heat-treat colors that have been
mentioned. He also tells you what part of a junked car to get for different
types of tools.
Bill- who has a spare copy (insurance of a valuable resource) on Persimmon
(Age?- the Doctor who delivered me arrived in a horse drawn buggy- you guess)
(Hint- Lindberg had not yet flown the Atlantic)
Restore Mt. Rushmore !
(Think about it)
ferenc jakab on tue 24 apr 01
I am a retired
> Aerospace engineer, at an age (*) where I have seen, first-hand- the
> artisans we no longer have, doing their trade. I know how to make my own,
> but many (most, this age?) need help.
Is it true that in the early days of the Space Program they had to use C19th
lathes to machine the parts because modern lathes could not achieve the
Bill Aycock on tue 24 apr 01
Feri- No, in fact the newer lathes were reserved for the really tight work.
There were a lot of the older lathes in use, for a couple of good reasons-
1. they were very beefy, and were very rigid, because the steel was not as
good, and therefore had to be made thicker (gives rigidity) to be strong
enough. 2. they had lots of adjustments to compensate for wear. 3. most of
the shops had the older lathes - revived into service during WWII.
I have a small, bench top lathe of a design from the mid thirties- it is
still very good for hand work, for one-of-a-kind parts. However, if I were
involved in semi-production-computer controlled work- it would not work at
Bill- on persimmon Hill- where even the machinery is retired.
At 10:43 PM 4/24/01 +1000, you wrote:
>I am a retired
>> Aerospace engineer, at an age (*) where I have seen, first-hand- the
>> artisans we no longer have, doing their trade. I know how to make my own,
>> but many (most, this age?) need help.
>Is it true that in the early days of the Space Program they had to use C19th
>lathes to machine the parts because modern lathes could not achieve the
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Bill Aycock --- Persimmon Hill
Woodville, Alabama, US 35776
(in the N.E. corner of the State)
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