Monthly Archives: August 2018

Grandpa’s Shaver…

Just kidding, folks!  The Spokeshave used in carpentry work — to take fine shavings off pieces of wood — was one indispensable tool for all “tukang kayu” of olden days.

There were two main types, one with a flat base, and another with a convex base (for finishing work on concave surfaces)

Strange to say, since my final school class of Industrial Arts in 1970, I have never used nor even encountered another specimen.  What happened ?  I suppose master craftsmen have been replaced by mere machine operators.

In my recent house renovation work, I happened to peep into the tool boxes of the carpenters who came in to work.  Inside, all sorts of manual and powered tools inside. But no sign of this tool.

I think the nature of commercial carpentry has changed very dramatically.

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Swedish High Five

After years of making tank-like cars, Volvo made a radical departure in the early 1990s.  Enter the model 850.

It came with a 5-cylinder engine, transversely mounted and driving the front wheels !  The body underwent some slimming, but the end result was exotic sexiness in boxiness.  The Volvo look was still unmistakeable (what a relief), albeit no longer stolid nor stodgy.

I like the clean, straight lines, the regal front, and elegant rear.  And the windows were large and there were glass panels in the C-pillars.

I was saving as much as I could in the hope of buying one, but until the day its manufacturing stopped, I still did not have enough money. Poor me !

Sadly, Volvo cars today no longer have any product differentiation. Worse, Volvo Cars had been sold to Geely of China.