• 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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Lee's Patent Chamfer Plane

    The Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction by John G. Wells

    By John G. Wells Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction was held October 30-31st 2015, at Camp Hill, PA 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 all items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

  • Two No. 18 Block Planes with Knuckle-Joint Lever Caps from the Stanley model Shop

    Rosewood Buttons on Lever Caps

    By the 1890’s, Stanley Rule & Level Company had become an industrial juggernaut.  They proudly boasted in their pocket catalogs that they had sold 1.2million Bailey planes.  Their 1895 pocket catalog boasted sales of 2.2 million Bailey planes.  “The Rule & Level became by 1900 the largest maker of planes and related tools in the […]

  • Spiral staircase at the Trustee's House, Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill

    The Plans Are Coming Together for EAIA’s Annual Meeting at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, May 18th thru May 21st, 2016

    The staff at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village just west of Lexington, Kentucky is very excited to be hosting EAIA’s 2016 Annual Meeting. They’ve put together special workshops, a behind the scenes tour of their collections and will allow EAIA members full access to all of the buildings housing their collection of wonderful Shaker furniture and […]

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    18th Century Records of House Wrights, Jointers, Carpenters

    18th Century Records of House Wrights, Jointers, Carpenters Middlesex County, Massachusetts Eighteenth century woodworkers can be elusive. Fortunately we have surviving documents, tools and objects/structures to help identify some these individuals. This combined knowledge can help place these craftsmen in a place, at a time, with a specific trade. In particular, period records are very […]

  • Stanley Table Joint Planes

    Variations on Stanley’s Corner Rounding Planes from The Model Shop

    Stanley introduced the #144 corner rounding plane in 1925.  They advertised these planes as “designed for rounding corners on wall board battens, casings, shelving, etc.”¹ The design patent, #68,402 for this plane was granted to Edmund Schade on October 6, 1925.  When doing tool research and looking at patents we’re usually looking at what are […]

  • Nickel Plated Tonguing and Beading Plane from Stanley Model Shop

    A Bit of Whimsy from the Model Shop

    Shortly after the Civil War and well into the first three decades of the 20th century beadboard was a popular finish in many homes.  It was used as a full or partial wall covering in back hallways, pantries, kitchens, bathrooms, and many of us can remember it in our old classrooms at school.  It also […]

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    See Yourself in Pictures from Quebec City and the 2015 EAIA Annual Meeting

    Please enjoy the slideshow of some highlights from the 2015 EAIA Annual Meeting in Quebec, Canada. This slide show may take a moment to load.

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    EAIA’s Fiber Arts Interest Group

    What is this group? Well it is a group of like minded folks who are interested in the fiber arts and their tools they use. The idea of creating this group was thought up by myself and Gwenn Lasswell at our last EAIA Annual conference in Quebec City. Gwenn and I and several other usually […]

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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 […]

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