The Machinist and Tool Maker – 1942

Watch this vocational guidance film which explains how to use basic shop tools: woodworking lathe, drill press, planers, grinding machines, milling machines. To us it looks like something from a bygone age. But it shouldn’t.

It makes me love Mike Rowe and his S.W.E.A.T Pledge and Foundation even more. He’s bringing the trades back into popularity after decades of being overlooked by smart kids who have been flim-flammed into a college degree and the debt that goes with it.

Lets look at this great example of bringing back the trades. Not long ago, Carlyn was a stay-at-home mom who wanted to learn a few basic construction skills and fix up her house. That desire led to a hobby, and soon, that hobby got out of hand. Next thing you know, Carlyn applied for and received a work ethic scholarship. Today, she’s the proud owner of Proverbs 31 Construction.