Member Frank Ford first made us aware of this high quality short.
From the Veta Brevis film notes-
Metal-fabricator Neil Youngberg never planned on taking over his grandfather's business and is now faced with passing on his legacy.
In this short-form profile, VitaBrevisFilms interviews Neil Youngberg for the beginning exploration of our "Professional" series. Shot on location in Neil's metal fabrication shop, the 3rd generation craftsman gives a sincere overview of his life's work, dispensing hard-worn wisdom while illuminating the sobering realities of the role private business plays in an ever changing economic landscape. A deeply personal project for all involved, this on-going series seeks to shed-light on forgotten trades and practices in an evolving America.
Itís a shame that those trade skills canít be passed on to young generations. I have been a tool & die maker and CNC machinist for 38years. So much is being done overseas that a lot of these trades are dying.
I hope it doesnít come back to haunt us in the future.
I'm really moved by this video. I got the chills when I saw this because I could see it being me in 30 years. I'm a 25 year old engineering tech who's a draftsman to pay the bills, but my real passion is building things the good old fashion way - by hand.
Unfortunately I've got a lot of slack to pick up, none of my peers know what a Bridgeport is let alone how to use one. We didn't have shop class in school due to budget cuts, but that didn't slow me down. I searched out and bought my first machine in 2004 when I was a Junior in high school. $30 bucks I picked up a 1939 atlas lathe. Yea I said 30 bucks, don't get me started on that story. Small thing fit in the truck of my car. By far the best investment I ever made. Since then I've been gathering all the tools & knowledge I can. as a matter of fact I saw the need & opened Left Field Engineering. One man custom machine & fabrication shop. My philosophy is: Everybody knows a guy with a Bridgeport, I want to be that guy.
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There are still young people who like doing this sort of thing. He explains why there are not more of him with, "I would have made a great engineer". People like him have become engineers more so than crafts men today. And the way the world works is just different. Things are changing not dying, and change is tough.