When I was 12 or 13, in 7th grade, I was allowed
for the first time to elect 3 of about 6 shop classes
I would take. I recall picking WoodShop, Letterpress Printing, and Mechanical
In the 8th grade we all took the same shop class, Metal.
It consisted of Foundry, Forging, Machining and
You could also elect Mechanical Drawing 2, which I did eagerly.
These classes were a major blast!
I thoroughly enjoyed each one. If I had to do one over again and pick just one, I would be
torn between running a lathe or a letterpress.
I've only rarely had the opportunity
to play with such nice equipment.
There were three teachers, and all
three were very good and knew their crafts really well.
I went on to great Drafting achievements at Perkins & Will, Architects Engineers Planners
in Chicago, where I actually got to do real steel and concrete design calculations with some of
the greats of the field, and we all still had big drafting boards, Drafting Machines,
slide rules and the first handheld calculators.
Best part, I actually got paid too.
Nowadays, ha! who would
draw floor plans by hand, and add fractions of an inch?
Manually solve beam shears and moments using moment distribution
on sheets of form paper?
So, I sometimes long for the old simple look,
but being lazy I too can just use this new technology to get a pretty good
The next few pages show fake brochures. I used Bryce and some
PhotoShop layers to combine them side by side, so you could see.
Thanks for viewing!