I have been asked by new personnel on the rig about making a drill pipe connection using a spinning chain. With our technology in the drilling industry, people rarely see how old school drilling hands make up a connection.
I found a good video showing the way that we used to do in the old day (spinning chain).
There are some rigs which are still using this way. Personally, this way is very dangerous and there have been a lot of people getting hurt during this operation. Currently many rigs use mechanical pipe handling equipment as iron roughneck, hawk jaws, etc which integrate spinning and torque making capabilities into a single machine. Finally, I wish you would enjoy learning from this video.