In the days before video cameras, no one bothered to record what happened on the jobsite. The attitude was: hey, it’s just a bunch of tradesmen out there building things – who cares about that? Well, I do, and I bet you do too. If you are into your trade, or just enjoy tools and construction, then you’ll want to watch this 1940 vocational film, which includes rare footage of construction tradesmen at work.
Highlights include shots of carpenters using early wormdrive saws (0:30), teaming up to cut and install bridging (1:35), and installing cabinets (3:50). About half-way through, the action shifts from the jobsite to the shop where there are shots of millworkers assembling doors and windows (4:30), fabricating housed-stringer stairs (5:00), and making patterns for casting metal (7:05).
I could go on and on, but why listen to me? Take 10 minutes out of your life and see what construction was like in Grandpa’s or Great-Grandpa’s time. You won’t be disappointed.
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