DRAWN USING (INDIA) INK NO LESS!

I would like to know how G.L. felt about inking rivet detail after he completed this drawing? I know I would not care to draw another rivet any time soon. However, G.L. must have felt good about being able to achieve this high level of the Draftsmen’s craft in  spite of the tedium of inking so many rivets. I suggest you click on the drawing image and zoom in to savor G.L.’s craftmanship.

It is obvious to me this high level of detail is not necessaryforthe definition of the part to be manufactured from the  drawing; it is nice but not necessary. I believe it has more to do with “art” and the craftsman’s pride in his work. We have lost most of this in our “low-cost” and “utilitarian” approach to our work. Too bad.

P.S. “G.L.”‘s initials can be found in the lower right corner of the drawing.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.

Posted on December 14, 2011, in ART AND CRAFTSMANSHIP OF THE DRAFTSMAN, TRIVIA FROM THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD DRAWING COLLECTION, UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD HISTORY IN DRAWINGS, UNUSUAL DRAWINGS IN THE UPRR DRAWING COLLECTION and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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