The Daily Icon: The Winch Workshop

March 26th, 2009


This is an illustration I did for the Unturned Stone, as a teaching tool for Fred’s workshop on using winch skyline systems for moving stone and other materials in remote areas. A well planned winch system is safe, efficient and protects the environment. They are incredibly simple tools but can be very complex to set up properly.
The illustration was made into a huge poster that Fred uses at the start of workshops to explain the basics of the system. Everyone in the class has a copy for structured note-taking, on 11″ by 17″ paper, usually folded to be the cover for all their other handouts. The big graphics stays up on the wall for the duration of the course. People refer back to it frequently. It’s always illuminating for people to see the graphic after they have firsthand experience with the system. Parts and pieces start to fit together into a cohesive whole. The hands-on knowledge and the conceptual schematic coalesce into a more complete understanding of how the system works and how to set it up and use it safely and efficiently.


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