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Audio Recording "Running a lathe is like a hobby for me now."

"Running a lathe is like a hobby for me now."

About this Item


  • "Running a lathe is like a hobby for me now."


  • Dowling, Jim (Narrator)
  • McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-08


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Irish Americans
  • -  Watson Machine International
  • -  Machinery industry
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Jimmy Dowling at Watson Machine International.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: Biggest challenges? "Well, running the lathe is like a hobby for me now. I care to run a lathe now. And I have a variety of parts that I make. I don't make a multitude of the same part. Like right now they are making them outside on automatic machines; NC machines that make them much better and faster than I could think about making them. Like today, they have me making this one piece and he has me making it just exactly like he wants it. Just the one. That is the job."


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A003

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Dowling, Jim, and Robert McCarl. "Running a lathe is like a hobby for me now.". -08-08, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Dowling, J. & McCarl, R. (1994) "Running a lathe is like a hobby for me now.". -08-08. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Dowling, Jim, and Robert McCarl. "Running a lathe is like a hobby for me now.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.