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Forum topic by MrRon posted 09-06-2015 06:38 PM 826 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2015 06:38 PM

I watched a video by mirock, a LJ from Ukraine. He made a replica tool of one made by Bridge City Tools. I was highly impressed with his ingenuity in using simple tools to make something that would be considered difficult, if not impossible to do without expensive specialized machines. He has jigs and fixtures that I have never seen or imagined. We can all take his work as example of what can be done by using our imagination. I have watched others from other countries do similar things. All these people don’t have the resources or money that we Americans have and still we can’t accomplish what they do with their limited resources. The old saying, “invention is the mother of necessity” certainly holds true for these “craftsmen” from other countries. I have thousands of dollars tied up in tools and machines, but their work puts my feeble attempts to shame.

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#1 posted 09-06-2015 09:14 PM

All these people don t have the resources or money that we Americans have and still we can t accomplish what they do with their limited resources.
- MrRon

Has nothing to do with money or location. All about what one has in their skull and how they use it.

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#2 posted 09-06-2015 09:37 PM

Some people get by with what they have. A lot of us can afford to grab a specialty tool to do a job, others aren’t so lucky.

Like Travis said, It’s in the mind. Anything is possible if you have the passion and will power.

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 04:08 AM

Where’s the link to the video?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 05:02 PM

Where s the link to the video?

- AlaskaGuy

Go to this thread and click on the video.

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#5 posted 09-07-2015 06:00 PM

Nope. Don’t do Russian verbiage.


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#6 posted 09-07-2015 06:09 PM

What some do with almost nothing is truly wonderful and what some with a full shop is sad. I have seen both and I have seen the work by those with a full shop and produce incredible work. It is entirely up to the person doing the work.

Everyday I work in the shop, I try to learn and do something new, get really good at it and then try something different. There are somethings that I try that I am just not ready to do and those things get shelved for another day – someday I will get back to them and do them right (and well).

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 09-08-2015 02:14 PM

It just goes back to ” the tool does not make the craftsman”. Solid proof that you don’t need thousands of dollars worth of tools, it’s the talent that shows through.

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#8 posted 09-08-2015 02:46 PM

Regardless of what tools are available, it is still the craftsman that makes a project. Tools can make it easier, but they can’t determine the outcome.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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