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Not a lot really. Like the dog it just sits there.
My last post was all about ridding my workshop of machines, which strums up questions about why we rescued that line shaft machinery a few years ago. Where is it and what will we be doing with it?
First off, it’s still with us. All safe and secured waiting to be put back to use. At the moment we’re working in a building that would be unsuitable for fitting it in. It’s such an old building that I’d have questions whether it would withstand the vibrations, and it’s also the barn that will eventually become our home, so the line shaft can’t come in here. We have another building which in need of a complete re-build, and we plan to house the machines in there.
The idea is to create a hand tool workshop with the line shaft incorporated in to it. The machines will add great interest when filming as well as in photos, and although they won’t be used extensively I do plan to use them.
Unlike modern machines these will make me have to work to put them to use, so it won’t be a quick and dirty flick of a switch to make a cut. You should see some of the railway type levers required to engage some of the machines; they’re just brilliant. But it means some heavy weighing up whether a job really requires them.
We’d like to preserve them in a way so that future generations will be able to see this type of operation, I think they’ll be useful for learning in that way. And ultimately they won’t take anything from what my work is as a hand tool woodworker. I think it would be wonderful to be able to make a limited run of workbenches on them one day as well. After all it was the workbenches that made saving these possible.
I’m actually itching to get the bandsaw operational and I’m toying with getting a little lister engine to power it on it’s own in the current workshop.
Finally, without getting soppy, there’s a sympathy thing. At one time it was machines like these that would have put people like myself out of work – I would have been stripped of everything I am because of them. Now, with our modern machinery, computer aided and all that, it’s the cast iron that has become like those craftsmen.
I thought it would be nice for two outdated, unneeded, workers, to come together and maybe give that modern world a run for it’s money.
When do we intend to get this done? Well, you’re asking a man who doesn’t wear a watch. Some time… in the future.