If you are a maker, a craftsman(or woman) or someone who knows the satisfaction of working with your hands, you will enjoy this movie. It shows very smart and hard working people doing difficult work. The kind of work many of us avoid doing. But, this documentary is a striking example of why we NEED skilled trades people and why they are a crucial part of the success of America. These are the people that MADE this country, they are the innovators, the creators of companies and they are disappearing! At the very least, you will understand how these hard working people make all of our lives better. Everyday, we want things cheaper and easier. But there is only one way to get quality, and that’s when a skilled person creates quality. These people are talented artists. It’s not just skill, but creativity, common sense, and thousands of hours of “doing it.” The saying goes that “if you do what you love, it’s no longer work.” The movie shows some eclectic art done by tradespeople. But consider that the Curiosity Mars Rover was also built buy passionate and very skilled people.
Yes, parts of this movie are a bit depressing, but that’s the reality of hard times. But keep in mind, that the trades are not just plumbers, carpenters and electricians. There are machinist, fabricators, and entrepreneurs. Even if you have no desire to be a tradesman, many of these “hands-on” skills are vital for all of us to know. Being able to fix your possessions and take care of your home is a great way to save money. In the case of engineers, having hands-on skills is critical. Because when you “engineer” something, not only does someone else have to build it, it has to be “engineered” right. The only way to know if it’s done right, is if you have experience doing it yourself!
This first video features an introduction to the film by Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame).
The movie does have commercials, but well worth watching to the end. These folks truly are artists.