Thursday, January 13, 2011

What's Your Concern for Young People Today?

That's just one of a few questions co-founder Bud Wisecarver answers in his latest installment of "Life of an Inventor" posted in September of last year -- webisode #8 alone has more than 1,000 views YouTube alone. Back in December, a couple of bloggers featured this video on their blog with comments about Bud's passion for toolmaking (Tormach and The Hobbyist's Machine Shop Blog) -- do you think toolmaking it's a lost art?

If you haven't seen this webisode yet, definitely give it a look. Bud is very passionate about being a toolmaker, and with this in mind, we strive to support students and programs related to STEM initiatives (science, technology, engineering, math) and manufacturing. Vocational programs in public schools are rare, and without these programs, where will students be exposed to experiences that could possible lead them to rewarding and lucrative trade careers?

Here's a snippet of his comments from the webisode (video posted below) "...After dinner, I came up to him [Dean Kamen] and asked him, 'From the beginning of time, what is the most important job that indicates the level of the civilization -- it is the job that archeologists and other people studying history always gauge the level of the civilization by -- what is this job?' He thought for awhile and said, 'Teachers'. I said, 'No, not teachers'. He said, 'What is it?' And I said, 'Toolmakers. You don't have a toolmaker, you don't have anything.' It doesn't matter how many philosophers you have, how many great engineers you have -- if you don't have a toolmaker, you don't have anything. Even in the most primitive society, the people who could make arrowheads, the toolmakers, those were prized people. The higher the society was governed by the skill of the toolmakers. The better the skill of the toolmakers, the more the society flourished..."