I haven't seen this documentary in well over 20 years. My cousin had recorded it on his VCR back in the 1980s and I watched it at his home at least four times. It's about a man who uses and maintains a 19th century water powered workshop. Ben is basically a blacksmith who creates items needed by local farmers. Items they can't just order out of a catalog. It was almost hypnotic the way this man could do almost anything in that water powered mill. From creating a sled for moving logs to modifying a garden fork into a sod removal tool. Even though he had electricity, he let the falling water power the machinery, not so much for historical reasons, but for practicality. The overhead leather transmission belts and wooden pulleys and shafts were fascinating to watch. Ben's skill, ingenuity and abilities just seem inexhaustible. Unfortunately, when my cousin passed away 13 years ago, his family threw away all of his video tapes before I could rescue any of them. If you ever get a chance to see this documentary, definitely watch it and see an example of what things were like before the modern era. I hope I get to see this again sometime.
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