Originally Posted by Allen_Wrench
My wife was, at first, incredulous as to why I needed a scroll saw. I explained some of the various and sundry things it could do. I could tell she was softening up, but wasn't there yet. So I then told her it would also help me do welding.
"Welding?" she repeated, looking over the top of her glasses.
Yes, I explained, because the guy down the street from us expressed an interest in borrowing the scroll saw and, in return, agreed to let me borrow his old stick welder to practice with once he doesn't need it on his site. A man's access to tools is very often greater than the amount of tools he, himself, actually owns. Tools are sometimes like "Man Money", or "Man Collateral"; when you don't need the certain tool at that precise moment, you can trade it to a trusted neighbor in barter for a tool you need. Thus, you expand your "Usable Tool Base".
I'll never quite be able to interpret that next look she gave me. But at least she didn't say anything else.
LOL Allen, you are the master!
There is an old farm in our happy little village. (oddly enough, referred to as "the Farm") Now it is partitioned out and the renters are a welder, a mechanic, a hot rod guy and almost every trade is represented.
The really cool thing is as you said, not only do these guys and one elderly Chinese woman freely share their tools, they also do odds and ends work for each other. Most incredibly cool, teach each other tricks of their trades.
It is really cool to hang out with these folks, always some thing to learn, contemplate or do. For our motorized bicycle thing, it is of an incredible wealth of knowledge and a "tool room"
I have been thinking about this for yrs but following that model, buy an old mill or factory and get folks from all trades to rent a space or just chip in and do for profit projects and help each other make cool stuff. Kind of a fantasy but I live in CT and old and abandoned mills are every other odd mile on any river.
LOL, "tinker-er's paradise" or socialist workers' paradise?
But really, how cool would that be!?