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Do you work with your hands for a living or for fun?

post #1 of 23
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Hey Guys,

I know this SF is dominated by office workers (for obvious reasons). I just want to see how many of you work with your hands for a living or just for fun. Do you work on cars, with leather, landscape, work with wood etc?

Post up pics of what you do/ what you work on/ the tools you use.

I'm a Hydraulics tech. Our shop works on mobile and industrial hydraulic sytems and related components. I also have my tickets in MIG and TIG welding.

I know greasy hands should never be in the same room as cordovan shoes but thats 'how i roll' icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Here is a shot of my rig at work
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and a few drawers

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Edited by blue collar - 9/8/12 at 8:48am
post #2 of 23
^^^Impressive setup you have there.
post #3 of 23
Snap-On icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif You ever work with Knipex? I'm a big fan of their wrenches.

We need more blue collar types around here. If I had the space I'd outfit myself with a whole garage full of tools too.
post #4 of 23
Seeing those photos make me think of Tim Allan in Home Improvement.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

^^^Impressive setup you have there.

Thanks very much. A lot of years gathering them. And too much money...
post #6 of 23
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Snap-On icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif You ever work with Knipex? I'm a big fan of their wrenches.
We need more blue collar types around here. If I had the space I'd outfit myself with a whole garage full of tools too.

Yah knipex is great stuff. great fit and finish.
post #7 of 23
Nice set up!

Although I've rebuilt engines, changed clutches, and dropped tranny's on the pavement of a cold January driveway, my hands are really about this...

Edited by RanMan - 9/9/12 at 7:30am
post #8 of 23
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Nice set up!
Although I've rebuilt engines, changed clutches, and dropped tranny's on the pavement of a cold January driveway, my hands are really about this...

Thats an awesome shot! Are you in a band or DJ/perform solo? Any links to your music?
Edited by blue collar - 9/9/12 at 9:54am
post #9 of 23
I wish I had tools like that (or space for them).

I do my own work on my motorcycle and bicycles and am always trying to do stupid home improvement projects (stupid since I live in a rental and if I didn't enjoy the work, there would be no good reason to do it) and furniture building.
post #10 of 23
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I wish I had tools like that (or space for them).
I do my own work on my motorcycle and bicycles and am always trying to do stupid home improvement projects (stupid since I live in a rental and if I didn't enjoy the work, there would be no good reason to do it) and furniture building.

Ya it can be hard in a rental/condo building. It was a toss up for me, live in a condo and have no room for toys and tools or buy a house and drive an hour to work confused.gif
post #11 of 23
That's a lot of money worth of tools/toolbox. Out of sheer curiosity, if you work with your hands and such, what brings you to Style Forum? Do you like to dress outside of work?
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

That's a lot of money worth of tools/toolbox. Out of sheer curiosity, if you work with your hands and such, what brings you to Style Forum? Do you like to dress outside of work?

I guess being stuck wearing "shop blues" on the daily has taken it's toll on me. I also never liked the stigma around "blue collar" workers and that they fit into the category of being uncultured with little to no style/fashion sense. I catch more flack at my shop than anywhere else, even though I'm the shop foreman, so it's not just people on the outside who feel this way. They too feel that if you work in a trade you have to look the part when you're off the clock. I don't agree and tend to practice a little leisure elegance whenever possible.

Women also tend to notice when you put a little effort into how you look. A free beer case t-shirt, flip-flops and camo cargo shorts don't attract the kind of women i'm interested in knowing...satisfied.gif

edit: Also being in a trade, I tend to 'geek out' over learning about how quality items are made. Watching endless videos online of the bespoke shoe process, full canvas suits, cordovan production, Harris tweed etc.
post #13 of 23
Interesting. My father owns a "blue collar" shop and looking at him you would think he was just a worker bee there. He has absolutely no interest in anything clothing related despite his uncanny ability to create and fix things. When he goes out he dresses simply because he has to, no more effort than that. When I walk into the shop wearing a suit he likes to bust my chops, "Ay guys, come look at this fag in a suit! Hack, hack, hack!" Seems kind of mean, but it is all in good fun, plus he really is the one who should be laughing, he makes multiples of what I do in his blues!
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Interesting. My father owns a "blue collar" shop and looking at him you would think he was just a worker bee there. He has absolutely no interest in anything clothing related despite his uncanny ability to create and fix things. When he goes out he dresses simply because he has to, no more effort than that. When I walk into the shop wearing a suit he likes to bust my chops, "Ay guys, come look at this fag in a suit! Hack, hack, hack!" Seems kind of mean, but it is all in good fun, plus he really is the one who should be laughing, he makes multiples of what I do in his blues!

Your father sounds like a hardened, old school shop guy. Like the men I have been around for the last 10 years. But I agree, it tends to be the reaction I get in the locker room at work. Fancy boy, fonzie can tend to be the names they call me, all in good fun. But the funny thing is i'm straight as an arrow, 200 lbs with 8'' suit drop and more than capable of killing them with my bare hands ha ha. Different strokes I guess...


...thats not the worst of it. I'm also fully trained in clasic frech cooking. shog[1].gif

What did your father's shop specialize in?
post #15 of 23
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Your father sounds like a hardened, old school shop guy. Like the men I have been around for the last 10 years. But I agree, it tends to be the reaction I get in the locker room at work. Fancy boy, fonzie can tend to be the names they call me, all in good fun. But the funny thing is i'm straight as an arrow, 200 lbs with 8'' suit drop and more than capable of killing them with my bare hands ha ha. Different strokes I guess...
...thats not the worst of it. I'm also fully trained in clasic frech cooking. shog[1].gif
What did your father's shop specialize in?

Car repair, small engine repair, and body work. His father was a machinist and so was he until he bought this business ~35 years ago.
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