So you think your shop is small...

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Blog entry by HenryH posted 03-12-2009 01:30 AM 2232 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So you think your shop is small and maybe your bench isn’t strudy enough? Check out these pics. My wife and oldest daughter recently traveled to China and took these pics for me. These are from a village in south west China near Burma and Tibet. It is a poor but touristy village. They actually stayed with this family for a couple of days. The villagers are ethnic minorities known for their weaving. This guy builds looms for tourists and locals. His wife taught my daughter how they weave.

Check out this dude. No bench no problem!


No vise, no problem.

!(Dude with drill)!

No router required.

!(dude with knife)!

Bad pic of finished loom.

!( )!

Working loom.


Fresh vegitables


Fruit maybe…

-- HenryH - PA

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#1 posted 03-12-2009 01:39 AM

that pic with the drill (and bare feet!) is kinda scary. Definitely makes me appreciate my shop :)

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#2 posted 03-12-2009 02:19 AM

Wow that is a different world! I wouldn’t be doing anything if my employer required me to do that. I guess you get by with what you have.

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#3 posted 03-12-2009 02:56 AM

I see this in the Philippines as well. I,m still impressed everytime I see it.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#4 posted 03-12-2009 03:00 AM

Makes you wonder what some of these guys could accomplish with a workshop full of tools. Thanks for posting.

-- Joel Tille

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#5 posted 03-12-2009 03:26 AM

And to think our workshop is too small because it’s too full of tools and stuff!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 03-12-2009 04:10 AM

I wish my shop was so big!
I’d like one of those SUV bicycles too.
Likely if these guys got into a shop with all of our tools, they would move everything against the wall and continue to do things the way they learned.
I think the question might be better phrased ‘I wonder what we could accomplish without a workshop full of tools”

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 03-12-2009 04:35 AM

When I was stationed over in the Far East we always said that we had three thousand years to catch up to the Chinese.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 03-12-2009 04:41 AM

A great series of photos. Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 03-12-2009 10:45 AM

I will never complain about the size of my shop again…well maybe less anyway lol. Interesting post thanks.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#10 posted 03-12-2009 11:41 AM

i’ve been living there for half a year.south weat china is abolutely a touristy(thanks HenryH,i’ve just learned this new word from you) place. welcome to china.

-- china

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#11 posted 03-12-2009 03:39 PM

That’s what I call determination.Great blog.Thanks for sharing it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#12 posted 03-12-2009 04:08 PM

I don’t complain about the size of my shop, save for the height of the ceiling… I guess I could chop the legs off my work tables and I’ll be fine… but will my knees get stronger from the activity, or worse from all the squatting?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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