Student-made equipment in the Pratt metal shop

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Student-made equipment in the Pratt metal shop
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My pal Ross Connard is a Junior at the Pratt Institute and has a student job as a technician in the school’s Fine Arts Metal Shop. The shop has a cool tradition of students building their own equipment and leaving it behind for subsequent generations of students to use. Shown above is a custom stencil Ross made to mark the positions of fire extinguishers on the concrete shop floors. Below is a custom tool rack he designed and fabricated from bulk steel and plywood. I can only imagine how great it must be to work in a space where every piece of equipment was built with love and respect by users like myself.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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