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Technical Metalshapers, losing a valuable resource.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rdscotty, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. rdscotty
    Joined: Sep 24, 2008
    Posts: 225

    from red deer

    Once again in searching for info I was directed to the Metalshapers site, only to find this announcement. Am I late finding this out?

    heavily edited "Very shortly MSA will run out of cash to support the website, and the site will shut down. The last day the site will be available is August 15, 2016."
  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,794

    Jalopy Joker

    a changing world
  3. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,115


    I would hate to see the art of metal shaping fade away and enjoyed visiting MSA to browse the skills of many who shared their unique talent with the masses.
  4. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,149

    from oregon

    Would behoove one of the major metalworking machine/ hand tool companies to take it over.
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  5. did they have alliance memberships?...........hint hint.
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  6. Legendlives
    Joined: Mar 4, 2016
    Posts: 203


    It's a shame that a lot of practical skills will be lost due to greed and lack of foresight by government and industry.
    Back in the 50's, 60's & 70's there were a plethora of apprenticeships for practical skills, paid for by industry and subsidised by government. I spent 4 years at work/college to get my qualification, the 'equivalent' (wholly government funded) certificate today is attainable in six weeks. Either I am retarded or modern qualifications aren't worth the paper they're written on, and you therefore have to question the skills therein.
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  7. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,221


    I spoke by phone with one of the co-founders of a metal site, but not sure which site. This was years ago, and he said it was a hobby, not for profit, etc. Maybe it was time to let it go, if it was a hobby that overwhelmed?

  8. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,704

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

  9. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,838

    Atwater Mike

    A 'shame'? No, it's a crime. Certainly not a stipend of the Constitution.
    Rules are being ignored...
  10. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,707


    Perhaps interested parties will take over the site and keep it running like Ryan did with fordbarn

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  11. ironrodder
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 185


    Had the pleasure to speak with Terry before his passing several times on the phone. Never had the pleasure of a face to face.
    Our lives seemed to somewhat follow the same path.
    I know MSA was his passion. Sad day indeed.
  12. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 928


    I know several employers in the area who are having a hard time filling trade positions (welding, machining, sheet metal working to name a few) because there simply aren't enough qualified candidates. I've worked at a couple of places where they would bring in people from a temp agency who had zero aptitude for the job that I was expected to train. Many lacked basic math skills, and I was amazed at the number of people who couldn't even read a tape measure.

    On a brighter note, both SMCC and YCCC have waiting lists to get into their machining programs, so that is an encouraging sign...

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