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Art·is·an …

OK, so the prototypes made last week are  working so far…







…which provided the motivation to sell some things and get myself a mill.

I have been studying mills for months now while waiting for the machinist from H-E-double-hockey-sticks to finally get ’round to my components. I started off thinking about computer control, but it was just too expensive to even imagine, plus there are plenty of small tasks that are better suited to the old-fashioned style manual turret mill. Just about all these things are made in China nowadays; nobody in this country wants to work that hard for that little money. The basic idea for the manual turret mill was conceived by Rudy Bannow, a patternmaker, in 1936. They say he was making a delivery to a customer when this idea came to him in a flash, so he sketched it out on a paper bag while sitting in his delivery truck. I decided I wanted one of Rudy’s machines.

US Patent 2,275,291,
“Machine Tool Operating at
Universal Angles in Overall Locations,”
Rudolf F. Bannow,
March 3, 1942 (filed April 4, 1939)

Rudy was an artisan who made patterns. He came up with one idea –one really good idea– that revolutionized the tool and die industry. Rudy invented the Bridgeport mill. There have been a few upgrades to his original paper bag sketch over the years: bigger motors, bigger spindles, stronger dovetail castings, and automation, but I wanted one of the originals. I wanted to be able to spend my time creating my prototypes with an artifact (something made or given shape by humans, such as a tool or a work of art). I wanted a tool that was a work of art.

This would require a pretty big chunk of cash, I figured $2500, because I would also need cutters, holding fixtures, measurement equipment, all the support stuff, plus there might be a significant freight charge… these things weigh a literal ton. All that I had to sell (all that I could afford to part with) was my HP 8753C. I was hoping to get enough out of it on Ebay® to (mostly) finance one of Rudy’s mills.

The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 4

What truth is not informs what it is

The truth is, I am unschooled in interpreting art. Perhaps the artist, François Lemoyne, anticipated that general fact with the title of this his final painting– Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy (1737). Mssr. Lemoyne completed the painting June 3, 1737 and on the following day successfully stabbed himself seven times, perhaps seeing his work, life and death as tragically perfect metaphor.

People can be so cruel, especially to themselves.

The painting and its creator stimulate many, many more philosophical ideas than I perhaps will ever have, but I still would like to mention a couple of my own:

  1. People in 18th century Western society dressed far more modestly than we do today, yet many of their (public) artistic creations would not receive ‘G’ ratings today.
  2. The idealized beauty of a feminine form was decidedly different then than now.

The fact is, somebody living today who thought and acted as Mssr. Lemoyne did in the last six months of his life would probably not be perceived as anyone other than a lunatic; whatever he might say or do would probably not be received as ‘true’. But the fact also is, we can appreciate the ‘truth’ expressed in his final work, and possibly (if we study it carefully) even in his death.

Truth is personal, perhaps, in ways that are inexpressible by facts.

Make Like You Care

to make is to realize empathy

I saw this video today with a group of friends. It made me feel at once wistful and known.

Thanks, Jim

Crying in the Wilderness

So they said to him, “Who are you? We need an answer! What do you have to say for yourself?”

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