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02-09-2013 12:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2KJbRHO76s

This is a great video if you have never seen it you really should. This is not the complete video but it will get you started of should I say hooked. You can find the complete DVD for sale with a google search or just look around utube for more excerpts.
I had the good fortune of having known old Ben although not well.
My favorite Ben story is when my mother in law took a antique chair to him for repair. After several months of waiting she worked up the courage to ask Ben if he had time to fix her chair (you didn’t crowd Ben if you wanted it done ever). Upon asking Ben’s reply was “yes”, My mother in law then said ” oh wonderfull I will stop by to pick it up”, at that Ben replied ” I said I had had plenty of time to do it but I have not gotten around to do it yet”.

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 01:10 PM

Pretty incredible!

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 01:15 PM

The whole time he is spudding that ice I was thinking “Crazy old fool! He’s going to end up in the drink…and then he says…”“stepped on a cake o’ice once here, turned over like that, went up to the house, rung my clothes out. So happened I had a fifth of Johnny Walker up there, took a drink of that and come right back down and went to work”

Totally bad ass.

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 01:17 PM

Mark It sure is I have not watched the whole thing for years but I think I will dust off the old VCR this afternoon and watch it.
Camps Old Ben did like a little snort now and again.
Anyone think his mill would pass a OSHA inspection?

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 01:26 PM

If you like the video, you might also like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 01:28 PM

OSHA Smosha…

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 02:10 PM

The world seems to be running out of resourceful old codgers like this.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 02:49 PM

Excellent videos, thanks much.

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 03:44 PM

I have seen this video before but it’s been a long time and I just bookmarked it so I can watch it again. I also love one about the old guy that lived in the wilderness. I really appreciate this post. Thanks

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#9 posted 02-09-2013 04:14 PM

Thanks for sharing this video : ) Totally awesome to watch a true Craftsman at work !

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 04:18 PM

That was just wonderful to see! Loved watching him make that drinking tub for the cattle. I was surprised that he didn’t use some sort of rope for sealing against water. All the joints are wood to wood and it’s watertight. Beautiful craftsmanship with vintage tools.

Are there other videos with Ben in the shop?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 04:23 PM

Love the “notches” on his table saw .. “If’n ya need a 2 foot stave, ya just line it up with this mahk hea. If’n you need to make a lot of another size staves you just make ya another mahk.”

PRICELESS!

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#12 posted 02-09-2013 04:26 PM

Thank you so much! Never heard of this before. The moment I saw the “period” feel of it I knew I would probably like it.

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#13 posted 02-09-2013 04:30 PM

Two things struck me.
1) The lack of noise when operating “power” tools.
2) The undeniable fact that safety is in the worker first and only secondarily in the tools.

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#14 posted 02-09-2013 04:32 PM

miles125 –
“The world seems to be running out of resourceful old codgers like this.”

I would say a modern-day equivalent would be Matthias Wandel though certainly not old. What is lacking is that old iron equipment. That’s what I worry about being lost.

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#15 posted 02-09-2013 04:38 PM

miles125, my wife and I have a vacation home (soon to be our retirement home) in the middle of Amish country in northern Indiana. No shortage of resourceful old codgers there!

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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