is making some stilts, just came back from the metalworkers with a bundle smelling of cutting oil and fresh aluminium. I haven’t smelt that in years, since I last had access to a decent workshop, and by decent I don’t mean ‘many power tools’, I mean huge machines for chomping through steel plate1 and computer-controlled mills for taking off that last ten microns of metal.
And now she’s in the shed having fun with spanners and hose clamps, I’m sitting here revising economics2. So:
a) What is the world coming too?
b) Can someone just slap me?
1 – the larger gullotine in Tsukuba had a six inch thick steel baseplate, and a drivetrain including parts from a battleship. Could cut 8 mm stainless without breaking into a sweat. The NZ army’s new LAVs have ~8 mm thick armour.
2 – well, really I’m doing it to save the world *and* make lots of money, thereby ensuring that I rapidly end up with my own workshop, with frightening large machinery bolted direct to bedrock
just came in and said “we really need to buy a lathe”. Damn, I love that woman.