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Ed Barr is an Assistant Professor of Technology at McPherson College in McPherson Kansas. McPherson College stands alone as the only school in the United States to provide a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Restoration Technology. Ed grew up in Tyler, Texas. He received a B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and an M.A. from the University of Kansas. After graduate school, Ed began a career in art museum administration. Between 1999 and 2005 he served first as the Assistant to the Director, and then as the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. In addition to his museum duties, he taught several art history courses and museum studies at Washburn. With a passion for automobiles he went on to earn a B.S. in Automotive Restoration Technology from McPherson College in 2007. From there he worked at Vintage Restorations Ltd. in Union Bridge, Maryland, where he restored British cars. Then in early 2010, Ed joined the McPherson College faculty. He currently teaches sheet metal restoration and the history of automotive design.
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“Good craftsmen are healers. They protect and care for stuff.” – Fay Butler, Master Metal Fabricator
Ed talks about the feeling of fear and being in over his head. Listen and learn how he overcame this fear and discovered a whole new direction in life. A very inspiring and valuable life lesson story.
While being taught my the master metal fabricator Fay Butler, Ed learned that everything he was being taught can be explained by science. Listen to find out how Ed has turned this ah-ha moment in to a teaching lesson for his students.
FIRST SPECIAL AUTOMOBILE
A 1959 Chevy pick up truck that his father purchased for him
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
“When you are trying to solve a problem, you need to: eliminate the variables, seek out the experts, but listen to the idiots, and also you want to go to the books.” – Fay Butler, Master Metal Fabricator
McPherson College Summer Workshops – www.mcpherson.edu/autorestoration/workshops/
Fay Butler – www.faybutler.com
The Limit – Michael Cannell
Don’t put off the enjoyment of your passion for too long.
HOW TO FIND ED
You will find Ed at www.mcpherson.edu
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