Looking for the real Man of Steel or the nonfiction version of “Ironman?”
Try Vince Tesinsky of Weston, Neb., who will be featured sometime in August on the Discovery channel's “Redneck Summer'' for his metal fabrication skills.
Tesinsky, 32, who also raises cattle on 240 acres about 7 miles west of Weston along Nebraska Highway 92 in Saunders County, is widely known primarily because of his Vcutter tree shears, which are attached to skid-loaders and small tractors. Tesinsky, who said he has no formal training in metal fabrication, began crafting the Vcutters six years ago, and he sells about 100 of them a year nationwide during farm shows at anywhere from $2,500 to $4,500 apiece.
“I got my degree on the farm,'' he said recently over his VT Fabrication shop phone on his farm.
“I was the one fixing my grandpa's stuff as a kid,'' Tesinsky said. “I was the one out in the barn doing the work.''
His father and friends help cut steel and work the band saw at his shop, where he's been fabricating full time since 2007. Wife Jamie is a respiratory therapist in David City, and her parents and his parents watch their daughters, Tessa, 3, and Mya, 1, said Tesinsky.
He's also known for his skid steer go-kart, power chariot and 360 swing that he's fashioned from an assortment of leftover metal parts and pipes. They're featured on YouTube, he said, and the Vcutter can be purchased at vcutter.com.
“I like to make things that are for moving you around,'' Tesinsky said.
The 360 swing takes a rider up and over and is made of steel pipes and auto wheel bearings. The rider is on a platform with a safety harness.
“I keep waiting for the Vcutter to be bought out some day,'' he said.