A Tin Canister by Bill McMillen, Part 3

Bill McMillen's assembled tin canister

Assembly of the cylindrical body This third blog installment profiling the construction of a tin canister by Bill McMillen will outline the assembly process of the body.   Parts 1 and 2 published previously gave some background on the tin trade and the preparation of the component pieces that are cut from a 10″ x 14″ […]

April Regional Meeting Westerly RI — Quarries and Quarrying Tools

Quarry

The Early American Industries Association in conjunction with the Babcock-Smith House in Westerly, R.I., will hold a regional meeting on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Babcock-Smith House, 124 Granite St., Westerly. EAIA member Paul Wood will speak on “Tools and Machinery That Created the Granite Industry,” describing the changes in granite industry technology up […]

Justus Traut’s Bull-Nose Plane

Traut's Bull Nose Block Plane,980x550

Before I tell you about it, let’s put this bull-nose plane from the Stanley Model Shop in its proper historical context by delving a bit into 19th century industrial history.  In the second half of the 19th century the “inside contracting” system became very popular in American factories.  Under the “inside contracting” system, a company’s […]

The 46th Brown International Antique Tool Auction by John Wells

IMG_980x550 Ohio Tool Co. Center Wheel Plow

Held on Saturday, March 28th, 2015, this was the second Brown International Antique Tool auction that was managed and put on by its new owner Jim Gehring.  Jim and his very able crew are now old timers and ready to roll out the goods with the best of them.  Thanks to Cami Foley for all […]

A Review: British Saws & Saw Makers from 1660

   Review submitted by Mike Stemple It has been rumored for several years that Simon Barley, the noted English saw expert, was working on a book about them. At long last the wait is over; the book is out and has exceeded everyone’s expectations. This volume will be the standard that every future reference book […]

What’s the Weather Like In Quebec City and What Should I Bring to the EAIA Annual Meeting?

The EAIA Annual Meeting May 13th  thru May 16th in “Quebec City, Quebec, Canada is just a few weeks away!  We hope you’re coming.  The last day to get the special room rate at the Hotel Ambassadeur is April 13th, so if you haven’t made your reservation please do it soon.  The phone number for […]