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Member postings for Brian Todd

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Thread: Hello from the North East
12/01/2020 13:26:57

Hi, I'm near newcastle so give me a shout if you need anything as materials and or tooling can be expensive too. Collecting machines and tooling is addictive .....enjoy.

Thread: Dekel fp1
26/10/2019 15:48:45

I love mine, considered selling it and asked a tool dealer if he would come and take it away for £750. He said I wanted silly money for it so it's now stripped and on s trailer in a garage awaiting a new location. Just camt part with even if it's not going to be used in a year or two.

Thread: Hi all
13/10/2019 19:22:48

Hi graham. My time is taken up at the moment with writing a thesis. I'm 75000 words into a 90000 word piece and only 4 weeks to complete so full steam ahead on that front. In the pipeline. I wish to buy a 102 vm and then strip my fp1 and overhaul it plus paint it as it's a bit ropey at the moment.

Just need to get the thesis finished and that will free up some time.

How about you? What are your current projects? Bt

13/10/2019 16:11:25

Hi graham, I shoot receive, crossbow and foot bow.

I make limbs, risers and arrows for flight archery. Just defended my national titles for the seventh year running and broke the British records again. Have some that every year since 2012. I love the engineering involved in making efficient equipment shot grat distances. Currently my greatest is 856 yards the cross bow record now stands at 756 yards. Its archery meets engineering so it's two of my favourites combined.

What and where did you shoot compound graham?

13/10/2019 14:05:32

So far we are in agreement. Skills ( based upon craft and its development) are worthy of attempts to preserve them. The young( even older people learning present themselves as children when they dont know) need help support and guidance . They also need nurturing so they can grow into being ( whatever it is) and not simply telling do this or do that. That is the difference between teaching and instruction. Teaching is hard, I always ask why was your favorite teacher your favorite? My favorite slimy acknowledged me as a human being and embraced my differences, he also demonstrated mutual respect, created environments that let me find things out( that he intended) for myself and then questioned me upon the discovery, this made me speak about something that was always a new discovery.

This gentlemen Is a very good debate , and no worries about jumping onto threads ( see engineering term there) the conversation is far too important to miss. Bt

13/10/2019 11:18:19

Hi graham,

It would be nice for somone to read a story, it would be my privilege for you to spend even 10 minutes of your time to read it. I will post in here later this evening.

Philosophy, I'm completing my phd next month in education so spot on. Creating conditions for the cultervstion of our young is paramount if we wish our country to survive. We, are the vessels through which the honour dignity and respect are channelled.what it means to practice a craft well and receive the intrinsic rewards from doing so have been the hallmarks of those who practice crafts for centuties.

Your stories are rich and demonstrate the vocational and academic devide precisely. Vocational studies are far more rich than academic studies, we all have a calling to do something in the world, the trick is finding it.

Thank you for agreeing to read the upturned bucket( that's the name of the story) , will post soon. As always bt.

11/10/2019 19:58:21

Thanks Neil,

I'm sure I will find some kindred spirits here.

We are a dying breed and we must maintain our secrets here within these pages for the future generation to discover in their own time when needed.

Richard Sennett (2008) writes; When the master dies his secrets die with him!.

Oh here is another quote (I like them as they make you think).

The club footed Hephaestus proud of his work if not himself is the most dignified a person can become.

We  all represent a modern Hephaestus in some way!

Let us maintain the dignity of master craftspeople and preserve craftwork for the betterment of our young. By doing this maybe then they can remove the shackles of narrow thinking and allow them to break free from the indurated habits of standard schooling (in its singular search for schools to be seen as getting young people through exams) . Only then will they begin to recognize that the older generation have a lifetime of tricks and techniques that can make things a trifle easier, after all everyone has a vocation in life. There is nothing more tragic than  being forced by circumstance into a most uncongenial calling and by not finding it, having a life but not living.

I enjoy writing and if you fancy reading something I penned when the beast from the east was battering the country I will gladly upload a story of my own craft development at the hands of a true master.

Admin if you would like please ask.


Edited By Brian Todd on 11/10/2019 20:16:31

11/10/2019 10:25:10

Hi not done it yet. Fee is few with fat fingers and a small keypad on my mobile phone.

My skin is thick and I do enjoy a good bit of workshop banter so crack on end enjoy my fat fingers.smiley.

Edited By Brian Todd on 11/10/2019 10:29:41

10/10/2019 22:40:02

Hi david.

I'm based in newcastle, like I said, have been creating things out of metal for a long time. Started teaching engineering about 15 years ago so it's become more than just something to provide for my family. Engineering is a vocation.

10/10/2019 16:17:41

Hi all,

This is oddly more difficult than teaching ( current role engineering teacher). I've a 120vm schaublin and a Kerry 14 40 plus a deckel fp1 .

Have been engineering since 1988, but working alongside my father since 1978 ( when I was old enough to jot get hurt) .

Make bows and arrows and repair anything that's broken reall( since it's my trade) so require a fee machine to make components and equipment.



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