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How to pull out a car from a frozen lake... Russian style



From Lew Lewandowski

6 comment s:

Anonymous said...

Do they think she'll live?

Anonymous said...

I bet they get it running again, too!

Anonymous said...

I had the privilege of watching the last full-time builder of wooden covered bridges as he put one up in rural Georgia (replacing a 150-year-old one local morons had torched for fun). He and his crew built the whole thing on one side of the creek. Then, they built a temporary scaffolding out of cribbing, put rollers atop it, and used a capstan (like these Russians are using) to pull the whole thing inch-by-inch across the creek using the power of one rather old mule. Ancient works like the pyramids look impossible to us, but I'm guessing early Americans understood that human being can move nearly anything by combining patience and leverage - the latter in the form of capstans, levers and pulleys.

Lloyd Kahn said...

Great comment on Georgia bridge building!

Anonymous said...

Lloyd, thanks for the kind words! Here's the guy I watched. I am going to go out on a limb here and guarantee 1) you'll like this, and 2) if you and Mr. Graton ever met, you'd have a hell of a lot to talk about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP9zyrc6ykE.

And I stand corrected - the bridge I saw being reconstructed, this one: http://www.thomastonchamber.com/auchumpkee.html was taken out by a flood, not a fire, in 1994, I saw it being rebuilt in in 1998. Graton told me he often replaces burned bridges, hence my confusion.

BTW, I am a great fan of your blog - what we find interesting in life seems to perfectly coincide. I commend you on all the good you are doing to spread your knowledge to the next generation. I recall your writing here that you saw something very special in the current crop of 20-somethings, and I believe that might be the first positive remark I've read on the internet about that generation - thanks for giving me hope! Brad Lemley

BloggEd said...

I grew up in the 1970's on David Macaullay's books - 'City,' 'Pyramid,' 'Cathedral.' I especially loved the renderings of the human hamster wheels used to build the French cathedrals... glad to see some things can't be improved-upon!

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