At the Drafting Board
I HAVE already spoken of Mr. Davenport who came down from Vermont to Brown and Sharpe's and invented the Brown and Sharpe automatic screw machine, which today substantially follows his original design. This design was the result of an informal contest. The company was already building an automatic screw machine designed by an elderly man, Mr. Worsly; and two younger men, Mr. Davenport and Mr. Gabriel, offered alternative designs. Mr. Gabriel, who was a very finished machine-tool expert, offered a somewhat more elaborate and considerably more expensive machine than that which was offered by Mr. Davenport. The Davenport design was accepted just about the time that I went into the machine shop. I remember standing beside it one time during the first few days of my apprenticeship and saying to Mr. Davenport that if ever I could come to a complete understanding of a machine as complicated as that was, I would feel that I was making great progress as a mechanic.
He told me that I would understand it within a few weeks -- and I did.
Both being Vermonters, Mr. Davenport and I kept in informal contact with each other. While he never told me so, it became quite evident to me that, after I had been working as a journey-