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Do you ever get emotionally attached to things you make?


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Old 11-28-2010, 03:27:41 PM
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Default Do you ever get emotionally attached to things you make?

When you spend so much time building something from scratch, drawing up a print, finding material, drilling, milling and lathe work, I sometimes almost feel related to some of this stuff. Do you?





top is the material with the first step, drilling and tapping those holes. If there was a mistake that couldn't be fixed I thought that would be it. Next photo is the finished product beside it's pattern. What it is is a wrist pin for an American pumping unit.
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Who, me ? Develop an attachment to my engines ?

I don't think so . . .

Though I have given each of them a name
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Default Re: Do you ever get emotionally attached to things you make?

I haven't been building engines for long but haven't gotten rid of any, either.

I think I sorta get attached to 'em. I've still got an 1897 2 HP Jack of All Trades engine I got when I was about 16 years old back in about 1957.

Although I'm shoving it around all the time to make room for other projects, I dont' think I'm gonna sell it.

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In a word...

YES !
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Only my kids
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Yes! What we make and how we make it is often an entension of ourselves. The time, care, patience and skill utilized represents who we are. I think the same of those who built the machines we collect. Those who do not know any better would call them crude by todays standards. Those who do know better can appreciate the efforts that went into building such wonderful machines so many years ago. They were not just practical but were works of art. I remember when I first started collecting engines and I showed a particularly rusty engine to my wife. She kindly responded "Is that a nice one". My response was, honey, that is a work of art. It is like a "Cast Iron Picaso".
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I thought I was hanging out in a good place, now I know.
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