A brief tour of Amish OFF-Grid, mostly air powered, Woodshop.

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Blog entry by CrazyRussianWoodShop posted 08-29-2016 01:26 AM 1986 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in Lancaster, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago and came across this most unusual Wood Shop I’ve ever seen.
For starters, have you ever seen anybody replacing an electric motor on their drill press with an air one?? :)
At the same time, some of the tools he had were more modern than mine (generator powered), yet there was not a single electric light in his shop.
It is a 4 min video (showing his woodworking machines and his furniture/works for sale). Enjoy!

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop):

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 04:46 AM

Very interesting!

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 09:33 PM

Very cool.

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 11:55 PM

Very interesting video. The Amish have a very unique view of the world, and by not bringing in power lines from the utility, they feel they are keeping out undesired evils.
I’m headed to Lancaster myself in 3 weeks, looking forward to some Amish baked goods. If time permits, I’ll also be looking for some good buys on old hand tools – the kind you don’t plug in to use. Central PA is a good source for old wooden molding & hand planes, maybe a bow saw, or whatever I turn up.
Thanks for showing.

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#4 posted 09-06-2016 03:17 AM

yes that’s what most shops are like …but some do have power …but only in the shops and barns …........ the amish guy I get my wood at makes a lot of moldings …. he lives in new Holland…...... Oldtool don’t forget to go to shady maple smorgasbord while you are here

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