• Egg beater drills etc

    Don Taylor’s Tool Collection

    It is with a heavy heart that I write about the passing of Don Taylor a long time EAIA and MWTCA member and avid tool collector earlier this year. (Details below) His son Scott Taylor wrote to me that he wanted to let the group know that he’s working to settle his father’s affairs and […]

  • Israel White Three Arm Plow Plane

    Brown’s 49th International Antique Tool Auction

    October 29th, 2016, Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, PA By: John G Wells Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium. A 3% discount is available for cash or a good check. Prices enclosed in square brackets are pre-auction estimates taken from the Brown auction catalog No. 49. The condition of all items was […]

  • Old Sturbridge Village Sawmill

    E.A.I.A. Returns to OSV

    Plans are coming together for the 2017 Annual meeting at Old Sturbridge Village, an organization and venue that has had a relationship with EAIA as far back as 1946, the date that the Village was founded and opened for business. The Village interprets life in a rural New England village during approximately 1790 through 1840, […]

  • Model Shop Aluminum Block Planes

    “What Goes Around Comes Around”

    Aluminum Block Planes from the Stanley Model Shop In the first couple of decades of the 20th century, aluminum became available to manufacturers at a reasonable cost. Although aluminum comprises 8.2% of the earth’s crust, making it the most abundant metal in nature, it never occurs in its free form.  In 1825, Hans Christian Oersted, […]

  • Handwoven dishtowels: Four completed towels (too pretty to use!)

    Hanging by a thread….

    There’s no question that Pam Howard sets a tough example. Teaching, being a mom and wife, traveling, and still finding the time to spin, weave, dye and blog! Down here in deep South Texas time and people move a lot s-l-o-w-e-r (especially in the summer). I’m waiting for the lovely white wool that I will […]

  • Pam Howard spinning on her Lendrum wheel.

    EAIA Fiber Interest Group

    It has been three months since we had our first EAIA Fiber Interest group meeting.  It was great to see such an enthusiastic group of fiber artists.   Summer has been very busy but I have managed to get some weaving, dyeing, and spinning done.  Speaking of spinning there is a fun project that has […]

  • Ivory sector, English, 2nd half of the 19th century

    The New Rules for Ivory Containing Tools-Revisited

    On October 21st, 2014, I posted a blog on this website about the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Order 210 regarding the importation, exportation and sale of ivory in the U. S. (You can read the earlier post here.). This order applied to revisions to the Endangered Species Act Special Rule for the African […]

  • 980x550 #278 and #278 Stanley Prototype

    Stanley Model Shop #278 Rabbet and Filletster Plane

    The Stanley Rule & Level Company was always interested in providing its customers with the tools they wanted.  They were very adept at bringing to market variations of their tools to satisfy the demands of as many workmen as possible.  They listened to their customers and often incorporated their suggestions into the tools they produced.  […]

  • Working at the Anvil

    Historic Trades Opportunity

    The Early American Industries Association Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler, is scheduled for Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Historic Eastfield Village, East Nassau, New York. The program includes making domed wooden boxes, carving fish decoys, blacksmithing iron utensils, tinsmithing, decorative painting, flint knapping, making an atlatl* and black power shooting. Each project is […]

  • EAIA President Pat Lasswell (standing) and EAIA Executive Director John Verrill Dressed as Shakers at the 2016 EAIA Annual Meeting at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village

    2016 EAIA Annual Meeting Recap

      FUN, FRIENDS,  AND LEARNING AT PLEASANT HILL SHAKER VILLAGE!  The 2016 Early American Industries Association Annual Meeting was held at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  150 EAIA members registered for the meeting and despite some rain, everyone had a good time, including EAIA President Pat Lasswell and EAIA Executive Director John Verrill […]

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    Fiber Fun at Pleasant Hill EAIA’s Annual Meeting!

      Here  we are….. a group photo of those who came to the very first EAIA’s Fiber Interest Group meeting. We had 28 people who attended and brought items to share with the group.   Below are photos of items that were brought to the meeting for show and tell.  Members brought hand made items […]

  • Rosewood Buttons on Two Block Planes From the Stanley Model Shop

    More Rosewood Buttons on Lever Caps

    In my last blog post I talked about two Stanley block planes with rosewood buttons on their knuckle joint lever caps.  In this post I’m going to discuss two more block planes from the Stanley Model Shop that are variations on that theme.  And these two planes appear to have been made at least a […]

  • Lint brush left, turkey wing broom right -- Featured Image

    Exploring Kentucky Crafts

    The EAIA 2016 Annual Meeting is going strong this week at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in Harrodsburg Kentucky. The village has sold out along with some additional folks staying at local hotels. After 5pm when the museum closes to the public we call it EAIA village as we see members strolling around the village, making […]

  • Reproduction Thomas Falconer Coachmaker's Plow Plane

    The Brown 48th International Antique Tool Auction, by John G. Wells

    The 48th Brown Tool Auction was held at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 2, 2016.  Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount was available for cash or a good check.  The condition of the items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

  • 1733 Eleazar Luther

    18th C. House Wrights, Jointers & Carpenters

      Bristol County Documents This fourth installment of documents and deeds relating to Early American woodworking trades and craftsmen covers Part One of Bristol County, Massachusetts. Middlesex and Essex counties of Massachusetts were covered previously. It is interesting to note that most of these Bristol County documents are court records. The previous documents were primarily deeds, none-the-less, much of […]

  • Brethren's Bath House at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village

    Spring at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village! Come Join Us!

    EAIA’s  2016 Annual Meeting at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village on May 18th thru may 21st, 2016 promises to be a meeting filled with Shaker culture, architecture, crafts, and history.  If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time to join us at this beautiful venue just a short distance from Lexington, Kentucky in the heart […]

  • Shaker Architecture at Pleasant Hill

    Pleasant Hill Shaker Village Awaits!

    “Begin today! No matter how feeble the light, let it shine as best it may.  The world may need just that quality of light which you have.” — Elder Henry C. Blinn Canterbury, New Hampshire Shaker Community The new year has arrived and it won’t be long before you receive your registration brochure in the […]

  • 1771 Benjamin Davis, Newburyport, Joyner.

    18th C. House Wrights, Jointers & Carpenters

    18th Century Records of House Wrights, Jointers and Carpenters Essex County Massachusetts, Part II This is the second part of Essex County documents and deeds relating to Early American woodworking trades and craftsmen. This installment was supposed to cover documents dating from 1770 through the end of the century, but a few earlier examples found their way […]

  • Society for Industrial Archaeology

    SIA Annual Conference

    SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL ARCHEOLOGY   Call for Paper Abstracts and Session Proposals 45th Annual Conference Kansas City, Missouri, June 2-5, 2016   The Society for Industrial Archeology invites proposals for presentations and poster displays at the 45th Annual Conference on Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri. This year’s conference will also incorporate the 25th […]

  • 1733 Webster Title

    18th c. House Wrights, Jointers & Carpenters

    18th Century Records of House Wrights, Jointers and Carpenters Essex County, Massachusetts The first article on 18th century documents involving named craftsmen with named professions covered examples from Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Essex County Massachusetts will be the next geographical area to consider.  Due to the number of documents from Essex County, this first part will cover […]

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Egg beater drills etc

Don Taylor’s Tool Collection

It is with a heavy heart that I write about the passing of Don Taylor a long time EAIA and MWTCA member and avid tool collector earlier this year. (Details below) His son Scott Taylor wrote to me that he wanted to let the group know that he’s working to settle his father’s affairs and […]

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