Doug Houseman wrote:
> The old Peterson Brothers Inc. Shipyard in Stevens Point Wisconsin
> does this kind of work every day. The equipment may look like it came
> from a museum, but it is real working equipment.
Sounds like it might have been the place, can't be too many places in
Wisconsin doing that work.
BTW, my "museum" comment made reference to the equipment here in Los
Angeles, not back there.
Doesn't surprise me though, if the job doesn't change, why would the
tools, IF, you stay competitive?
As an example, the band saw here was fed by putting the piece on
roller conveyor and feeding into the saw. The saw blade was contained
in a circular frame, maybe 36" dia, that rotated around the piece
being cut, if an angular cut was required.
That saw could easily have been close to 100 years old.
> I remember as a
> midshipman, going to PBI and seeing them work on one of the new Patrol
> Boats for the academy...What a wonderful time.
Boat yards are fun places, at least for me, but then again, I've had
fun spending most of my adult life poking around the industrial plants
in this country. After all, they were my customers.
> OBTW if you go, you can get a tour, you just need to call ahead and
> (or at least you could a couple of years ago). Also the beer from
> called "Point" is one of the early and really good micro brews. Take a
> case or two home with you.
My trips back to the MidWest are rather limited these days, but I