Just ask Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Computers: "China put an enormous focus on manufacturing. In what we would call, you and I would call vocational kind of skills. The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills. I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we're currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields." -60 Minutes interview, Dec. 2015.
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Having been involved in engineering, and manufacturing high quality parts and tooling since the 1970's; the phenominal people that I have been fortunate enough to work with often come to mind. It is the priceless knowledge gained from them, and their encouragement that prompted me to start my business in early 1987.
Heavy Industry: reverse engineering obsolete machine components and updating to modern performance levels. Quick turn-around machining. Jigs and fixtures. Inspection tools and gages. Shafting manufacture and repair or modifications. Boring, sleeving, threading. Drive components.
Museum Artifact Restoration, for military or aircraft. Fine fabrication.
Racing: 12 years at the dragstrip, 6 racing a Top Fuel Harley (2000 to 2005)
Designed and fabricated a successful Top Fuel Harley from the ground up. Invented the 5" belt drive now the standard in nitro racing. Originator of the Nitro Cup for Innovation and Technology, an annual award in the CMDRA.
Professionally trained in CATIA V5 Design Software.
Call the shop: (360) 793-2196
It's just me, working in my well equipped (and usually well swept) machine shop. I'll answer the phone, unless I have a machine running; just leave a message. I will call you back. Thanks!
My new 350 lb. Bison six jaw chuck, a very accurate addition to the shop:
"It's all just squares and circles."
-One of my favorite quotes from an early mentor, a toolmaker named Al Hanson.
Most toolmaking and machining can be understood as working with three axis, (X, Y and Z). "Squares and circles", and a little basic math.
The top picture is of a cylindrical Master Square used to calibrate an angle plate.
Pictured above: a three station tool turret for threading aircraft cylinders, custom built for my Nardini 17" lathe. This setup took a bit of development before I was satisfied that it was smooth and precise. It is a real time saver now, on a job I have continually run since 1991.
Pictured below: fixture for repairing Propeller Shafts on the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Radial Engine. This tool does two operations; one horizontal and one vertical. The job is to sleeve the pinion bearing races.
An example of restoration work on very rare engine parts.