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IL CAPO: “Watch the hands. They tell a story.”

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  • Phil in Englewood January 17, 2019, 3:17 PM

    Seems like some classical music would go well with the conducting.
    Also, the missing fingertips tell a story of the hands not quite getting out of the way of something heavy.
    Always interesting to see someone doing a real job with finesse borne of experience.

  • DrTedNelson January 17, 2019, 4:22 PM

    I keep seeing a big block of feta cheese.

  • Lynne January 17, 2019, 4:24 PM

    Every “progressive” who wants to see men feminized should watch this video. This is an extraordinary example of men doing men’s work.

  • PA Cat January 17, 2019, 6:43 PM

    I find myself hoping for another Michelangelo (whose hands were roughened and disfigured too) to free some larger-than-life statues from the marble that Il Capo is quarrying. The beauty of the stone itself is as much a character in the video as is the maestro directing the machinery.

  • ghostsniper January 18, 2019, 4:07 AM

    Put some of those Seattle Sissies on that job site for a year and video the transformation.
    The best part was the orchestration between the 2 Track-Hoes.
    Line the left one up, then lock it in place with a fist, then ease the right one into it’s place.

  • Punditarian January 18, 2019, 10:31 AM

    The guys running those track hoes seem to know what they are doing, too!

  • Anon January 18, 2019, 10:32 AM

    Many years ago I went to a butcher shop to get some barbecue makings. There was a man behind the counter cutting chops using a band saw. Since the meat was frozen he had heavy rubber gloves on. Being a wise ass I commented “how many fingers are you missing under those gloves?” He responded by taking a glove off and show three fingers cut off at various knuckles. I shut up.

  • ghostsniper January 18, 2019, 12:38 PM

    Speaking of bandsaws. I took woodshop in 7th grade (and every grade thereafter) and the instructor was emphasizing to us students how wrong it was to try to cut a round piece of wood (like a dowel) on the bandsaw and he held up the remains of his left index finger. Because the bandsaw blade travels from top to bottom it forces the stock against the table and if that stock happens to be round it will try to rotate and pull the fingers holding it right into that powerful blade.

    Quite frankly my bandsaw is so powerful, as well as the tablesaw, that when I turn them on the sound of the motor and blades terrifies me so that my blood pressure goes straight through the moon. Drillpress, lathe, jointer, etc., no problem, the fingers are well back from the blades. But the band and table saws require direct 100% visual and mental attention, no exceptions ever.

    Having said that, I built a sled for both the band and table saws that I can lock down round wood on them and cut it safely. After working with dangerous woodworking tools for more than 40 years I still have all my fingers but I have no escaped entirely unscathed. The scars show your dedication to the craft., and sometimes your lack of attention and carelessness.

  • captflee January 18, 2019, 1:55 PM

    Yep, that is some sweet teamwork there. Now I have in the past myself signaled for many a heavy and quite a few very damned tight lifts, up to say 120 tons (the 2240 lb ones, so about the same metric or imperial), and thought I was pretty good, but the Chief seems to be operating on a “whole ‘nother” level.
    Of course, this being blue collar-ish work, all of it will have to be hidden away from the sensitive eyes of modern western urbanites, lest the toxicity of the masculine behaviors shown poison their very souls, assuming, of course, that they possess any.

  • azlibertarian January 19, 2019, 9:13 AM

    Fascinating. Thanks.

  • Dinah January 19, 2019, 10:33 AM

    That’s pretty spectacular ‘conducting’! There is really nothing much more satisfying that watching men at work doing what they’ve perfected. A number of years ago I started work at an art museum about the time they commenced adding a complicated, partly-underground, addition. During my break times I could go outside where there was a good viewing site overlooking the ‘dig’ into a very thick rock layer. It was captivating to watch one monstrous machine (like those on this video) with large toothed extensions carefully pry huge rock just as one might use a forefinger to lift out a piece of gravel from a garden. It was huge, but so very delicate, and the operator obviously knew exactly how to remove just the right amount at the right time. It was quite a show! Thanks for sharing this.

  • Callmelennie January 20, 2019, 10:01 AM

    I’m still slackjawed at the pit itself. A pit of marble, for Chrissake!! The pit itself is a work of art; looks like a marble statue of a pit