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Old 06-29-2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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Continuing my pursuit of the hand made regardless of how on or off topic, I found this pretty great short film. Well, another user did... And I felt like it would make an appropriate entry. Take a few minutes and enjoy the art.

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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thanks for sharing. really great stuff; i work in the manufacturing industry here in the good ol' US of A and it's a trying business but the folks that i work with have a skill that most younger generations refuse to learn. We are under constant pressure from overseas markets (i recieve emails from chinese companies on a daily basis) and it's tough to keep our heads above water but we manage to do it. We are a proud group of people who work here, proud of what we make and the fact that it's made here...in American hands. Thanks for sharing Ryan....
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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I just want to work on cars in a space like that. That would be so nice.


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Amen to that! Can anybody relate this, to a hot rod in pieces and firing it up for the first drive after months or years in a pile of parts? It takes a real effort and a person with a can do attitude to see anything through to the end. America is in trouble, but hey, we were born in trouble, don't give up without a fight! The best teacher for the next generation is to teach by example, now get the hell to work, and hope someone notices the skill and effort!
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:52 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by striper View Post
I just want to work on cars in a space like that. That would be so nice.

I was thinking the same thing!!! What a great space!

Love videos like this. It's really nice to see people who are good at what they do and do it under there own set of boundaries and limitations...or lack there of.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:59 AM   #6
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Fantastic. The video reminds me a lot of my Dad. He is able to do everything from fixing cars, to farming, to making violins.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:05 AM   #7
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wonderful video
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #8
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NIce video! Thanks for posting Ryan. By the way just started reading through my new Jalopy Journal book last night. Very well done!! I love videos like this that show craftsmanship. Lost talent seems like.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:18 PM   #9
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"Learn to do it yourself. Don't rely on others to fix things"

"We chose to focus on Quality over Quantity"

"If you die tomorrow, are you proud of what you did today?"

So many RIGHT ON quotes in there...
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:32 PM   #10
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Another great video Ryan, where do you keep finding them ?
I have the same interest in people who are really good at what they do, it seems they have a very 'zen' like and down to earth mindset in common
Thanks for sharing, keep 'm coming !
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:45 PM   #11
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Its great to see this video coming out of Boston! When I first hit play and heard "red line last stop Alewife" I was like Hey I know that!

Fort Point was, for the longest time, a little forgotten chunk of the city, between the historic downtown waterfront and Ben Affleck's "Southie". Most all of the buildings are those old brick warehouses and alot were used as artists lofts.
Now that the city is growing it has put a squeeze on that area. Many of the buildings have become "High Rent Studio for the New Professionals" basically charging recent college grads 4 grand a month to live there...I dont get it...
Hopefully places like his dont get "the squeeze" and can remain there and be profitable in the city.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:46 PM   #12
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Hi Everyone! I am glad you all have been enjoying my film, the support is appreciated! I am actually looking to do a section of the Documentary as a continuation of the American Hand series on people who work on and restore hot rods and old muscle cars, if anyone on the forum is interested, shoot me a message!!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #13
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Excellent video. It is always refreshing to see journeymen at work. I like the way the video was shot.

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Old 06-29-2012, 12:50 PM   #14
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Great video. Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #15
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Great video. Ashokan Farewell gets me every time I hear it, especially in this context. Thanks.

I must be getting old because now when I see a cutie at the track, I wonder what her mom looks like.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:24 PM   #16
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So I'm watching with fasination this fellow craft the pieces to repair this bass. Then he blows me away with his playing!
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:07 PM   #17
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Awesomeness of American "Can Do" attitude, and skill to back it up. Great context in the Video, Walley, hope you do a piece on rodding, there are SO MANY talented craftsmen here on the HAMB, there would be no shortage of subject matter.Thanks to whoever sent Ryan the video!
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:36 PM   #18
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KOOL, it does my heart good to see anyone, especially a young person, set their mind and body to accomplish something which is taken for granted by many. Bravo to the American Hand series! Cat
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:45 PM   #19
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Thanks, Ryan. Love this.

I've been playing bass for almost 40 years. I own a couple nice old instruments now, have owned numerous others in the past, and dabble (sensibly) at simple crack and seam repair work. This is a terrific video, it shows a young man who, in my experience, is pretty typical of those who dedicate themselves to the restoration and maintenance of fine old instruments. It's a calling, an obsession, a whole life. We treasure our surviving old cars, some of which date back to the 1920's. Consider that there are still basses around that date back to the 1600's...

He mentions having worked for Arnold Schnitzer. Mr. Schnitzer is an articulate, witty world class luthier and repairman, based in New York state. He used to be a regular on TalkBass.com (may still be), a site I used to frequent. My computer wallpaper is a breathtaking bass built by Mr. Schnitzer. Check out his work here: http://www.aesbass.com/
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:07 PM   #20
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Great choice on the video! Actually every video in this series, that you have picked, has been great. From the mirror maker and the sign painters, right up to this one. Keep 'em coming!
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