Mark, what an amazing story. I love tales like those, just goes to show the ingenuity of people with limited means can do.
I love precision tools, and the feel of them in the hand, as well as the things that they can do. But it's always really cool to see something do the same job in a totally different way, but at the end accomplish the same task.
Nowadays the things you can see online, either video or though sites like instructables ( though not everything seems like a good alternative) is just overwhelming. Lots of info and tech out there which is really a great time now for people who like to tinker and build.