just a few thoughts on my interaction with another wrecker "face to
face" as it were.
"Mark and Juanita" posted a for sale here on the wreck... selling some
4" dust collector ducting left over from his upgrade to 5". Seeing as
how I'm in the process of setting up with 4", and he was offering the
old parts at a discount over new parts, and I'm such a bottom feeder,
and we happen to be in the same town and all... I posted a reply.
he re-replied and a couple of emails and calls later I dropped in at
his shop to check out the goods.
we had a pleasant time sorting out the fittings, shooting the shit and
generally talking shop. one thing really jumped out at me... how clean
Mark's shop is. I mean, sure he has his dust collector already set up,
so of course the layer of sawdust on everything in my shop was
missing, but it went beyond that. being the bottom feeder kinda guy I
am, I tend to buy used machinery. nothing wrong with that, of course,
and a lot of older machinery is heavier and solider than their new
counterparts and blah blah... however, none of my cast iron has that
like new gleam. Mark, OTOH, seems to be a new machinery kinda guy.
not a speck of rust anywhere to be seen. everything is on mobile
bases. the building is well lit. the tools have that contented, well
I figured out what parts I could use, including a few that fall into
the 'maybe' category, loaded them up and counted out some cash, and a
few more minutes of general shoptalk and I was on my way. I got the
parts I needed and perhaps more importantly I got to pick his brains a
bit about how it all goes together. Mark got to turn some of the parts
that were taking up space into some cash. Win- win.
Another thing that struck me was how this common interest-
woodworking- was able to transcend a sharply visible difference in...
I guess you might say style. Mark has a corporate job, nice house,
prolly a new car and all that and dresses and has the haircut to
match. I'm a third generation artist- craftsman. I drive an old
truck, live in an old house and wear my clothes out and my hair long.
I'm my own boss. the only debt I have is my mortgage and that's more
than I really want. I'd guess that Mark and I have probably never
voted for the same candidate in any election. but once we got to
talking about tools all of that fell away. underneath that Texas
conservative veneer Mark's a pretty nice guy. Figures- he's a
woodworker, after all...
remember, folks... enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy. it's good