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Offline Aunt Phil

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1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« on: March 01, 2016, 11:11:06 PM »
Text at the beginning explains how the video was originally filmed with a Bell & Howell camera.
Excellent camera work, and absolutely beautiful workmanship in a water powered shop with 2 triphammers and a high speed hammer making Ax heads. 

The man hanging the head on the handle knows his job really well too.

Men were working for $1.25 an hour, that would be $9.68 in 2016 Federal Reserve notes.
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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2016, 09:33:46 AM »
Thanks Phil! I enjoyed the trip back in time.
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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2016, 01:59:31 PM »
I enjoyed it too. An interesting look at what went into making an axe.
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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2016, 03:31:07 PM »
enjoyed,but it made me late for work :smiley:,i remember 1971 ,minimum wage $1.65,i think late 72 up to 2.10

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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2016, 06:06:40 PM »
I had a high paying job in the summers and weekends of 1957-1961 working board roads and pipe swabbing in the oil fields here in Alvin, Texas, at the $1.25/Hour rate. Had to know a lot of street Spanish to get on a crew. We would line up at Odark-thirty to get picked by the "pusher".
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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2016, 08:13:43 PM »
Amazing video, thanks for sharing.
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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2016, 07:47:31 PM »
OSHA would have a field day in there with all the "safety" issues. Damned shame that true craftsman are far and few now days. Everything now days is push a button, or flip a switch, and log on.

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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2016, 04:33:49 PM »
Thanks for the video, I shared it with a couple of logging/chain saw forums I belong to. Even then, this small craft operation could not compete with mass production.
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Re: 1965 video of one of the last Ax Makers
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2016, 07:07:44 PM »
That's really interesting stuff... Wait... did that guy just light his pipe using a glowing axe head? O_O

https://youtu.be/Qr4VTCwEfko?t=5m