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 […]

Stanley Model Shop Beech and Rosewood Wood Bottom Planes

Model Shop Wood Bottom Planes with Rosewood Soles

Before we get back to the some more interesting planes from the Stanley Model Shop I thought you might want to know a bit more about the Model Shop.   Clarence Blanchard wrote an interesting article about the Model Shop in the 2000 Fall issue of The Fine Tool Journal, Volume 50, Number 2, pages […]

A tin canister by Bill McMillen, Part 2

Pattern for 1.5 quart canister

Welcome back.   I’d like to begin this second installment in this series of blog posts on tinsmithing with Bill McMillen with a bit of information about the tin canister and the tinplate and patterns from which it is made. Almost all tinplate in early to mid 19th century America was imported from the United Kingdom, […]

A tin canister by Bill McMillen, Part 1

Reproduction tin canister

Folks who attend EAIA meetings are certainly familiar with the work of master tinsmith Bill McMillen. Bill has given numerous talks and demonstrations at our meetings about his work and about his studies of the tinsmith trade. His summary of the subject, “The Tinsmith in America – The Trade, Materials, Tradesmen, Tools and Products,” was […]

From the Stanley Model Shop – Charles Miller’s Tonguing and Grooving Planes

980x550 Miller's Patent Tongue and Groove Plane

Continuing with the theme of tools from the Stanley Model Shop, here’s one of my favorites.  This plane was designed and patented by Charles Miller.  Not a lot is known about Charles Miller, but Don Bosse of Oakdale, Minnesota, has been researching Mr. Miller and his tools for years and has promised to put all […]

Traut’s Patent Hollow and Round Plane

IMG 980x550 Three Versions of Traut's Hollow and Round Planes

In my last post I described a nice little curved bottom block plane made by Justus Traut that dated from 1897-1902.  We know that Traut spent a lot of time thinking about hollow and round bottom planes and put considerable effort into developing a metal alternative to the wooden hollow and round planes that were […]

From the Stanley Model Shop, Installment #2, A Round Bottom Block Plane

Round Bottom Block Plane from the Stanley Model Shop

     Many of the tools from the Stanley Rule & Level Company Model Shop are marked with a number placed on the tool with white paint.  This nifty round bottom block plane is no exception, bearing the number “64”, on both the lever cap and the body of the plane.  One would like to assume […]

Collecting Obsolete Surveying Instruments

Written and submitted by Ron Blauch The electronic age brought about tremendous revolution in so many industries.  One of the most pronounced of these revolutions was in the world of the land surveyor.  Surveying tools and methods had remained largely the same for two centuries.  Distances were measured with steel tapes or chains, angles were […]

An Unusual Nickel Plated Stanley #2 With a Chamfered Sole

Nickel Plated Stanley #2 Re-sized 980x550 pixels

I’ll readily admit it, I’m a “tool collector”.  I’m fascinated with all kinds of tools, but learned early on that I had to focus my energies and tool collecting funds on a narrower field, so I chose  woodworking planes.   I love those early Leonard Bailey, Charles Miller, and Stanley Rule & Level Company planes.  […]

The 45th Brown International Antique Tool Auction by John G. Wells

Ivory Slide Arm Plow Plane. Brown Auction #45

This was the first Brown International Antique Tool Auction that was managed and put on by Jim Gehring, the new owner of Brown Auction Services.  Although Clarence Blanchard and Mike Jenkins lent a helping hand, this was Jim Gehring’s solo flight. Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount for […]