I’m sitting here on my friends couch, on a Sunday afternoon, football on tv, dogs sleeping in the back ground. I’m here cause his house is quite and it has Wi-Fi and mine does not, lol. And I woke up today needing to start a blog. I’m not sure why, but I felt the need to start, again… Not that there was a first time, because most of the time I laugh it off as a silly pipe dream. But today, was different. I’m thinking about making some lifestyle changes for myself and so today, the need became greater than the fear. So I said fuck it, figuring that I am a frequent amateur writer, (mostly for myself or in technical writings) I think I should/could be successful, I mean, I like writing, I feel like I am good at it, or at least better than most. I have a great depth of knowledge in all things mechanical being a 20yr mechanic, fabricator and race car crew chief. I am an artist, and a published poet, amateur chef, a traveler and now I want to share my knowledge and experiences with the world. I’m inspired by men like Mike Rowe, Jesse James, and Faye Butler and all of the coworkers and my counter parts in the racing, fabrication and artistic worlds. Because when it comes down to it, after 35 years on this planet I’ve come to one simple realization, that, it doesn’t matter what I am doing in the moment for work, I JUST REALLY LIKE TO BUILD COOL SHIT! And ultimately is doesn’t really matter to me what it is, a house, a race car, a hot rod, a piece of art, lamp shades, or a survival shelter in the woods. I’ve built them all and it never gets old, ever!!! I just really dig making things, from what seems like nothing. There’s something very transcending and almost caveman-esque about seeing a big pile of raw materials and transforming them into a finished product that other people can enjoy, touch, feel, see, or even hate!! As long as the emotion I put into a thing evokes an emotion from you, I am content. The best part about the whole process is seeing the minds vision, the final picture in your head and seeing it so clearly before you start your hands work almost on their own without thought to make something.
I’m also starting this because the art of MAKING, is becoming a lost tradition. The men and women of our past generations who built this country with their hands and by their backs are in my mind, HERO’s. And thus why I have adopted the moniker of “The Antique Hero”. The craftsmen of olde are rapidly dying or becoming “antiques” and the knowledge and skills of their day are being buried, pushed aside and forgotten. Becoming cluttered with dust and hidden on shelves behind the new, the faster, the order it, buy it, ship it overnight mentality. Even the education system today is broken, our school systems focuses more on memorization and an aptitude fitted for feeding the machine than it does on creating self-sufficient individuals with an actual ability to devise a plan and learn from mistakes. Our society and by result our schools have taken away the problem solving and creation abilities in our minds and the minds of our youth. And so I hope my moniker and The Hero labs will serve as tribute to help bring back a time and a culture of building yourself, by building, yourself.
Now, that said, I don’t want this blog to be about preaching or ranting about what I think is wrong in the world. I just hope that if you can see things from my unique vantage point that maybe you will join me on my mission. We live in the best age possible, information is so abundant it can become mind numbing, but there is almost nothing you can’t teach yourself or learn about anymore. But more importantly the information can help us learn and to focus on our passions and make the things, the real tangible things in the world that bring us joy and can bring people and communities together. And so after we read the posts, watch youtube, and do whatever else it is we do on social media, let’s close the lap tops, lock our phones, crack our knuckles and become the Heroes ourselves.
This blog will be used as a tool for me too, a challenge. A challenge to write, to write frequently and to write well. Forcing me to learn new topics and adapt new practices to make me the better Hero I want to be, and in turn share what I’ve learned with you so that we may learn together. I may get a little off topic at times or my post may seem random as I start to find myself and my true written voice for the purposes of this mission, and as I hone in on where you and I decide this “thing” should be directed I may and probably frequently cover anything from building a race car, welding and fabricating, to cooking, poetry, art, interior design, maybe even some spirituality….. There is a Zen to building I assure you! But we will always be making something, and in the future I hope to make the opportunities to bring in some guest writers and provide some spot light interviews of the other people who make for a living.
So welcome to the lab, and welcome to my journey.
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