I want to present you Giovani.
I saw him while he was working on his machine tool in a small workshop in Buenos Aires.
When I point my nose and asked to enter his room, just to see him working and feel the hot cutting oil, he not only let me going in but proudly show me the machine on which he works. I even more welcome as I am French. And why he loves as the French? Because his lathe is a H.ERNAULT-BATIGNOLLES from France.
This lathe is his jewel, his pride. "It dates from 1960 and still works as the first day" Oh, there's nothing in his voice of Italian exuberance where he has however his origins, but it illuminates his words by sparks in his eyes. And as he sees I also vibrates, it's a real fireworks when he give me an overview of other machines in this tight space limitations.
He is proud of his machine and his work, but in no way denies the qualities of the mass industrial production, and standardization. More than 70 years old, he just don't ask more questions about profitability of a business. In fact when I asked him how he finds his job, he replied: "A job? Oh, long ago that I am retired and I no longer work!" He invents, creats, manufacturs, fabricates parts for his customers, because he likes to see the parts to swhape as he manipulates the pace, and he delights to see people not only satisfied with his work, but simply happier when they leave the workshop with a piece of shiny metal in hand. That is far from air-conditioned offices where the corporate culture was invented to support white-collar lack of meaning in their work!
I asked him to resume his work ... (Well, his "activity" as he doesn't work anymore) and he explains that he has to tapped an axis with a left hand thread.
... and then installing the cutter in front of me, he stops suddenly, looks up with a little smile, and explained that his tool is too big to enter the cavity tapping. His eyes are pointed at me, but I see he does not look at me. He looks for possible solutions to the problem while smiling. The difficulty or even failure, are clearly not perceived as a bad time, but as a fantastic chance to boost his creativity. His expertise is not only create documents, but also create solutions. An intense moment that makes him to vibrate. It proves to me that the speech supported by Pirsing in his famous "Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" is not just a theory and everyday life of some people.
From my engineer memomry, I do not remember ever having seen a smile in the eyes of my colleagues to announce a new problem or a new goal crazy ...
The place is clearly in the colors of the bike:
"When you ride a motorcycle, they say that the fairings are in the body.
Logically the engine is the soul "
Guillermo is his son, and runs in 600 Supersport! And he takes in hand the workshop under the guidance of his father. Because here cutting speeds depends of the noise of a carbide bur on the metal., You cannot invent it. Here, no chart or theory. This kind of knowledge does not come from a classroom. Inevitably, the current flows both among ourselves and with his father. We take the opportunity to weld a holding part of GPS, each glad to finally through it's, cross our activities. And here I am proud to wear the sticker "Krosti45" on the bike now!
A big thank you and Guillermo Guiovani !
This article is dedicated to all those who work with their hands and not waiting for braids and public recognition to illuminate the dark corners of their workshop in the light of their expertise.
"Because he has hands, the man is the most intelligent animals" - Anaxagore