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Old 09-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default American Hand Part III

You may remember when Ryan posted this:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=16215

It's an episode in a series on people who make things by hand. The film maker, Jon Walley, put out there that he was interested in interviewing someone who was involved in hot rods to include in his series. He and I started talking, and I agreed to work with him.

Some disclaimers:

I don't like being the center of attention, so I hope what I say in this film takes the attention off me and puts it where it belongs, which is just about anywhere else.

There are many people who are way more worthy of having a movie made about their talents. But I think this gets to the "why" a lot of us go to the garage. This is less about the 'product' made by hand, but more about the impetus behind it. Some sort of inspiration gets us there. A person, a time, a place, something or someone drives us to do what we love to do. I hope that is the message conveyed.

With that said, I had a really good time making this with Jon. The behind the scenes shenanigans were lots of fun. And I think that this piece completes Jon's goals that he set out to accomplish with American Hand. He thinks so anyway. So yeah. With some fear and trepidation, I give you American Hand Part III:

American Hand III from Jon Walley on Vimeo.

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Old 09-10-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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I think that came out great.
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Lol, we were just debating posting that. lol. Congrats, it's all hail the General week.
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Cool!

Your dad is looking down and very proud right now Mark.
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I enjoyed it. You came off great. A real car guy that is not full of himself.Just keep on doing what your doing. Cheers!
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Great video thanks
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Very very well done!
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How cool is that!
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:46 PM   #10
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Great video !!!!!!!!!!!
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I loved it!! You don't look 43 at all, dude. You look half your age.

Real cool shop too. Do you have a corner dedicated to your printmaking or is that in another room in the house?
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:11 PM   #12
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printmaking studio is upstairs from the shop. the shop is 40x60 with a truss style roof, and the studio is 16x60 on the second floor. it's pretty good space, but there isn't enough light. gotta work on that soon.

and thanks, it's my baby fat that keeps me looking young.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:55 PM   #13
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Good job, Mark!!! I didn`t know you had so many projects.

Keep up the good work!

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I thoroughly enjoyed that Mark. My signature... "the world is a better place looking through the windshield of an old car" is so true for me. Nothing else I do can change my mood and clear my head better than taking one of my cars (old) out for a drive.
I never thought about how much I enjoy the noise and smells of these rides until watching the video. Thanks Man.
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Thanks Brett. I'm glad people get it.
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We get it Mark.

While there are differing opinions on what it means to be rich, you my friend are living a rich life.

Good on you and Becky.


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Richness, not riches. Which is okay with me.
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Very Cool
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very, very cool. Thanks for sharing, you summed it up well............ "richness, not riches" how true, how classic.
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Anyone know the opening song? Very cool video Sir.
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Excellent! Nice drag plaque ya got there my Brotha!

Thanks for taking us along.
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Enjoyed your Video very much
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:22 PM   #23
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That was great, I really liked it. On a side note, that early image of the "spent" sand paper discs hit home as of late. My sander, which I used today, has all of it's "loops" worn off. The paper would no longer stay attached. Being cheap, and having some spray addhesive already "in stock", I lightly coated the disc and the pad. Works freekin' awesome! I thought about entering that idea in "tech week"( ha ha ). Again, very cool video......
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I liked it! You do nice work.
I'd love to have a garage that size.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:28 PM   #26
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Great video! Thanks.
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Nice video and it seems that you portrayed exactly what you were trying to.
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Excellent job guys! Mark you did an outstanding job explaining the connection we have to these old cars. You will make a terrific teacher.
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I loved the video! It sums up well why I think many of us do what we do. Great job representing the hobby!
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Excellent job guys! Mark you did an outstanding job explaining the connection we have to these old cars. You will make a terrific teacher.
hmmm...i hadn't thought about the teacher thing in relation to this. now you have me noodling it all over again...thanks a lot, scott.

and thanks everyone. i'm glad you don't think i'm an idiot.
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Great job Mark. X2 on the teacher deal who better than 2 teach the gospel of old cars and Hot Rods
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I think it's neato!
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Cool vid!
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and thanks everyone. i'm glad you don't think i'm an idiot.
Welllll.......

If you are going to leave us ammo like that....
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If you are going to leave us ammo like that....

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You Vagabonds play rough!
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Cool Video! You expressed the reason for having/playing with "old" cars very well. Thanks for sharing this.
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so, go ahead if you got the game...
Usefull idiot maybe?

That was a really cool clip, I was waiting to see you working on some prints tho!
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i was wishing he got more footage of me in the studio.

there is another show coming out locally that focuses more on my art and a little less on the cars. not sure when that'll be out though.
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We even drink your childrens beer!
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Why won't those guys just go away...?
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They are like a cold-sore virus- showing up when you least expect it.....


Still a great video. I have watched it like 10 times.

I think Mark might play Christian Bale's spot in the next Batman.
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"I think this gets to the "why" a lot of us go to the garage........more about the impetus behind it. Some sort of inspiration gets us there. A person, a time, a place, something or someone drives us to do what we love to do. I hope that is the message conveyed."

Well said....... you articulate your message in a way that is humble, clear and passionate, superb job.

I never had the pleasure of knowing your Dad, but you can hear his voice and see his influence in this film, he must have been a very cool guy.

I wish I had seen your post on his Memorial run before it happened, I would have come down for it. My Dad died a couple years ago and I've been trying to make the time to get his '53 Catalina back on the road after it sat for the years he was ill, watching this is the inspiration I need, thanks Man.
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"The older stuff is simpler, it's really very durable stuff. It was built to last for forever -
the notion of driving around in an old car everyday isn't all that extraordinary"



-no truer words have ever been spoken...



-Ford circa 1920's in regards to Sloan and the GM idea of Planned Obsolescence.





Mark, keep up the faith, others (the younger generation) need to learn this stuff.

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Jon is finally getting his shot on the big screen with his series American Hand I-IV. If you're in Boston next month, check it out!

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