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RocketmanRocketman Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
Well not exactly first person but I got to chat on the phone with Jerry (Teach). What a top notch and knowledgeable guy. He straightened me out on more than a few smithing questions I had about my current project in chambering a 17 rimfire that I was planning on a 100% custom build. The man has knowledge that I can't even come close to with my basic machining of rocketry nozzles and parts. The arts of a dying trade that I'm eager to learn and he was patient enough to teach me over the phone. So thank you Jerry for the phone conversation this evening. Much abliged. I'll be heeding the advice you passed to me.


  • earlyearly Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Him, Tennmike, woodsrunner and several others are living encyclopedias of priceless information and experience.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • TeachTeach Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Glad to help- - - - -if us old geezers don't pass on a few tricks they just dry up and blow away when we do!
  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Posts: 4,484 Senior Member
    I told Jerry when I first met him, he should put some of his mauser knowledge in a book for future generations.
    "He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm."

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I'm a walking book of information formed by failure. If it can be fouled up, I've done it. I may not know HOW to do it, but I know how NOT to do it.
    Sometimes that's better than knowing how. :tooth:

    Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed 9,999 times. I have found 9,999 ways that didn't work."
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • tennmiketennmike Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of experience comes from bad judgement. :tooth:
    If you see a failure as nothing more that a lack of success, then you aren't paying attention. The failure teaches you what won't work, what went wrong, and should give you some ideas on how to make it work right the next attempt. I've got a lot of stuff in the scrap metal pile in the shop that are failed attempts, and learned from every single one of them. Failures are only failures if you give up after the first couple of tries. :up:

    Learning to sketch out your ideas on paper, and refine them on paper before making the first chip or cut is a good skill to learn. Saves some time and frustration in the shop! So are the skills of watching, listening, and asking questions; they ARE skills if used properly. I never have learned much when I was talking! :roll2:
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  • BufordBuford Posts: 6,724 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Minor correction. It was a two tone French gray finish.
    I have that picture somewhere.
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    That was NOT a screw up. He actually found a way to do a French Gray finish on a gun all on his own!!!
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Posts: 8,811 Senior Member
    LOTS of good people here!!
  • JermanatorJermanator Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Funny, he ain't nearly as crotchety a curmudgeon once you get to talk to him :tooth:
    Yep. That is his online persona. He just plays a crotchety old curmudgeon on the internet.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • RocketmanRocketman Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
    I'd be short with patience too having been a teacher! I didn't know he taught automotive class to teenage kids (although his online handle is Teach). I just thought it was because he's always answering questions to us with inquiring minds about all things firearms. The mans a guru.
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