Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Wonders from yesteryear.(cont)

Much thought about my last post. Follow along on the convoluted meanderings of Dio’s mind and maybe, just maybe, you will find something to inspire you as well.


In my last post, I talked about empathic feelings of pride coming from a nearly 100 year old machine. I also mentioned another machine that was much older than a 100, that I felt the same around. I mentioned some other machines that did NOT exhibit such ‘feelings’.

While out walkin’ the Voo and lookin’ for a squirell to make his day with, my mind kept creasing back to those points. What make the machines different?    I’ll talk about the Southbend lathe first.

Back when that machine was built, they were almost entirely hand built. Beds and ways were scraped true, bearings were hand poured, cast pieces were fitted meticulously by hand to be true to the rest of the machine. There was pride in work well done: Not just because the machine was a reflection of the people that made it, but because the people making it ‘aspired’ to own one as well. They did this with the dream of becoming something larger then themselves, or to accomplish some dream residing in the back of their skulls (rather like my wanting to make steam engines and the like). These men (and potentially some women, though due to the time period, I doubt it in this case) aspired to be the next Tesla, or Edison, or Ford. They saw potentials, and wanted to push forward with them. Maybe they wouldn’t succeed, but that is the cost of life: If you don’t try, you never will succeed. I could see this still in the entertainment industry: for every artist on the stage, there are many more behind the scenes that aspired to be the one on the stage, but were content to work in the field helping those that did make it. “300,000 guitarists to create one Guitar God” is a common saying in audio. And it applies across the board. ‘300,000 programmers to create one Gates or Jobs.’ ‘300,000 tinkerers to create one Tesla’

Those men that made these machines left that inspiration embedded in their work.

So why don’t the other machines. Why do I not feel the same way around modern machines, even those made in the same places as those of old?

Well, taking the Chinese made ones first, I don’t think its possible for the Chinese people to have the same inspiration as those men of old, seeing how most of them are working for nickels and at the point of a gun in many instances. When you work at something you aspire to, you are more inclined to put more of yourself into it. When you are doing something just to get by, or to keep from ending up in a shallow grave, you are not going to give any of yourself up for it. That shows in the end product even if the materials are the same in each product.

As for the machines made in the same places now, I think there is a disconnect from the product and the maker. They feel broken to me, no life at all. Just inanimate tools, with no soul. Capable tools, but no ‘inspiration’ built in by the maker. (yeah yeah yeah, I am a romantic in many ways.) A lot of that is due to the processes now, but I also wonder how many of those making them, think to themselves “I’m gonna own that machine one day! I am going to make all kinds of stuff with it and solve XXXXXX problem.” I could be wrong of course, but I doubt that there are that many with parallel thoughts in those factories. The disconnect is there.

Road sign> Hard Right Ahead<

And that is the Brilliance of our founders trying to separate State and Federal powers. Every little Burg, Hamlet, County Seat, was a hand made tool of the people. Some of them were built with love, some for power, and the people would choose the one that best fit them. (vote with your feet? Could then, try it now) Every State was from a similar mold, but the people hand fit them for their needs or wants. None were completely alike. We still see signs of that in Common Wealth’s vs. States; the problem of course is the federal level has absorbed most of them almost completely. There was a time when a Governor was nearly on par with the President in rank and power WITHIN HIS STATE, and could tell the President that he was ‘outta line’. They still can, but most of them don’t want to buck the system and lose a chance at that ‘pinnacle of political power’. There was a time when the Governmental machine was bottom up, not top down. Where the machine was built to inspire. Our founders understood the power of hands on. They understood what would happen when the common man lost that ability to help manipulate the machine at large. They understood what would happen when you let the lowest member of the team handle some of the hardest tasks that need the most knowledge.

They KNEW the machine would break if these things happened. (A Republic, if you can keep it)

“300,000 voters Leading from the bottom”

If those voting don’t understand the finer workings of life, they should NOT be allowed near the controls of the machine. Our founders KNEW THIS.

When the aspirations of the worker are ‘whats the point’, the end product suffers. We see it coming to fruition now.

I also see a lot of people saying, ‘Let ’em try.’ and they are the ones inspired with Freedom. They are the ones our current ‘Powers That wanna Be’ are scrambling to push further into serfdom. They are the real machine. The one the Founders knew was the heart and soul of real America. They are what TPTwB are scared of, and the reason for the sudden rush for the gates of complete socialism.

If you are reading this, and have read this far, grab the controls of the machine back for yourself. Work for yourself if you can, keep your transactions hand to hand, not bank to bank, if you can. The machine is alive, just buried under mountains of hype, bad paint and hidden behind a current of lies (the media) There are many of us out here working to rebuild our nation while this form of it dies. We are the Phoenix. Be inspired!

((and a big Thank you goes out to AlanD and he knows why.))


8 responses

  1. wonderdawg

    Your right turn into yesteryear got my 61/2 plus decade ole brain remembering how it was almost anywhere you went before the days of Walmart, Mickey Dees and all the copy cats that followed….we have lost our pride and hereitage in this once great and fascinating country…..getting harder and harder to find and independent operation with dedicated local owner/operator thats operating by his/her personality instead of a corporate format….I would not trade the memories of back when for all the chinese shit. new gizmoes and cookie cutter crap that has replaced them….sometimes I feel like the ole indian next to the polluted stream with a tear rolling down his cheek…correction, actually most times

    January 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    • I barely remember the days of independent owner/operator. Where I grew up, it was still like that until about the time I hit Middle School, I remember the little mom and pop hardware store closing its doors for the last time and there was a pall around the house for weeks due to it. Every once in a while, I find nuggets in the wild like the one I was introduced to in Texas near the Soffitrat’s AO. Or the Scrap yard that would call me when they found something ‘of interest’.
      Maybe I was born into wrong time period. Or maybe I am to help bring back that time period or at least the pride of it. I dunno, Universe has a plan for me, but it ain’t tellin’ me nuthin’ ‘xcept as needed. Those moments hit like a ton of bricks too.
      (and I do remember that commercial with the Indian. I understand the feelings well, yung’un that I am.)

      January 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  2. Wildflower

    a few years ago a friend wanted to purchase a lathe from harbor frieght

    looking at the show room model saw cracks that were obviously welded over reground

    a lot of shims on the machine sliders, and substandard babbit bearings

    even the tool posts, chucks, and just how the metal felt; it was just repaired overpriced garbage just like their drill presses and even the generators and engines….

    am able to build better at my amatuer level out of scraps and salvage a lot better for less…

    it is sad americans now see it in many things running in the shop, home, and job site or comute home in essentually is high priced junk

    but like their economy and economic system it begats me that the future now here is one that my parents would have eliminated then try to fix for the pride is gone forever…

    so may you and your lathe build that nuclear steam warp engine soon?

    January 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    • My 3n1 is a HF anchor. And I admit, when I first came across it, I defended it harshly. I still stand on the premise that the machine is better than the operator more often than not, but even I, as I have learned, can find fault with the impersonal nature of the machine. There are inconsistencies in the way certain parts of the lathe are assembled and that leads to errors no matter how much tweaking I do to correct them.
      I have the Gingery books for making similar machines and I have learned a lot on what to look for in machines from that. Later, I intend on making at least one of those machines possibly more. I don’t ever intend on purchasing a new machine ever. The more I learn about machining, the more I want to create my own.
      As for that engine you mention: when I figure out the warp part, I will contact you on the atomic pile.

      January 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm

  3. Wildflower

    the nuclear part easy; save up those smoke detectors

    americurium is more potent per ounze than plutonium

    meanwhile happy new year to you and that two legged human you put up with…

    January 9, 2013 at 4:29 am

  4. To my Pal Voodoo,I hate to be the one to tell ya this Bro,but Daddy has went over to the dark side! Do not go for a ride even if he has a squirrel in the truck for you. Pop Jayne and run hard run fast for Indy I will hide you as long as I can. Your friend NeedDaNads.


    January 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

    • ROFLMAO. He is already so cautious of trucks right now that I think he is going to have a heart attack when I toss him in friday morn.

      January 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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