A Smithy & A Foundry-man — Regional Meeting

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Early American Industries Association
Regional Meeting – Perry Hall, Maryland

A Smithy & A Foundry-man

Lectures and Demonstrations on the American Blacksmith
& Foundry work: casting & molding metal
Saturday, September 13, 2014 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
At Windy Hill Forge in Perry Hall, Maryland
3824 Schroeder Ave * Perry Hall, MD 21128

Event Fee: $20 (early bird discount register by September 6) or $25 onsite registration
Lunch included: Maryland Crab Soup, BBQ Chicken, Homemade Salads, Corn on the Cob, Homemade Root beer & Lemonade
Free & ample parking.

Visit: for more info & directions or
Contact: Ray Zeleny: 410-256-5890

Event Itinerary:
8:00 AM Morning Tailgate, Registration & Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM Welcome
10:15 AM American Blacksmith Lecture and Demonstration

  • Ray Zeleny, Owner of Windy Hill Forge & The Cast House, Member of EAIA, MWTCA, & PATINA

12:00 PM Lunch: Maryland Crab Soup, BBQ Chicken, Homemade Salads, Corn, Homemade Root beer & Lemonade
1:30 PM Foundry Sand Casting Lecture and Demonstration

  • Robert Eagan, Owner of American Alloy Foundry, Member of EAIA

3:45 PM Closing Remarks
Local Overnight Accommodations:

  • White Marsh, Maryland 21236
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott,
  • Marriott Residence Inn
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton.

Additional Local Places of Interest & Events:


  • Please fill out and return he form here to register for this event.  (Make checks payable to: Ray Zeleny Send to: 3824 Schroeder Avenue ▪ Perry Hall, MD 21128)

Spread the word:

  • Please help spread the word on this event to others. You can download and share a PDF version of this content in a flyer format here.


9th Annual Tool Discovery Day

Shelburne Musuem Shaker barn full of tools

9th Annual
Sunday, July 20, 2014
11am to 3pm

The Chester Ranlett Tool Museum , Route 6, Eastham, MA
Located behind the Swift-Daley House Museum and adjacent
To the Eastham Post Office. Plenty of parking.

All are welcome to a gathering of tool collectors, anyone interested in sharing their knowledge and experience or just enjoying a part of the past in a setting committed to preserving old tools used by a variety of craftsmen.

Plus Demonstrations:

  • Including
    Pewter Spoon Making

Bring your old tools to Trade or Tailgate or describe as a “whatsit”

  • Appraisals available by a team of Experts

11 am to 1 pm Tailgate

  • (call Irwin Sitkin @ 508 -945-3069 if you plan to set up)

1 pm Welcome by Mark Herman, Curator
1:15 pm Tours

  • Tool Museum
  • Beach Shack
  • Swift Daley House

“Whatsit” Session

Please get the word out to others. You can download a flyer for the event here.

Fireplace and Oven Workshop At Eastfield Village

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I spent the past week out at Eastfield Village for a 5 day workshop on building a traditional fireplace and beehive oven.

Group Photo of Half The Class

Group Photo Of Half The Class

The class was full of Carpentry and Preservation Carpentry Students from the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Group Photo of the Other Half of the Class

Group Photo of the Other Half of the Class

We had a great time learning the ins and outs of building a traditional fireplace.

Group Photo Of 2014 Fireplace and Oven Class at Eastfield Village

Group Photo Of 2014 Fireplace and Oven Class at Eastfield Village

Most of the students were new to masonry work, so the results are a testament to the teaching and experience that Don, Billy and John brought to the class.

Inside a new beehive oven

Inside a new beehive oven

You can see a video recap of the week’s events on YouTube here:

If you’d like to learn more about this class and Eastfield Village, please check out another blog post I made on this topic here or visit the Eastfield Village website here.

Take care,



Oak Lumber Needed for Plimoth Plantation

Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor

Reprinted news brief from 2013.

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts—Plimoth Plantation announced today an appeal for white oak lumber to help repair Mayflower II, the full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620. The Museum hopes to promote an awareness of this need and to receive help in locating sources for these materials. Mayflower II is currently undergoing extensive repairs at dry dock in Fairhaven, Massachusetts at the Fairhaven Shipyard, and needs frames and planks replaced to make her seaworthy. These repairs are critical to the iconic ship’s return to her berth on the Plymouth, MA waterfront where she is a popular living history exhibit of Plimoth Plantation.

The 56 year-old wooden sailing ship requires very specific and often difficult to find wood to complete her repairs. The oak trees being sought are around 100 feet tall, over 4 feet in diameter and clear of any knots. “This wood doesn’t come from typical commercial sources,” said Peter Arenstam, the ship’s captain and manager of Plimoth Plantation’s Maritime Artisans program. “We are looking for very specific trees that need to be the right age, size and even have the proper bend.” The white oak is being sought to replace Mayflower II’s planks and frames. The final lumber for the planks will measure 24 inches by 30 feet and be 3.5 inches thick. The frame stock will measure 24 inches by 10 feet and be 8 inches thick. “These pieces are very long and must have no defects, making them not only extremely heavy, but very difficult to find,” according to Arenstam.

The Museum emphasizes that the sourcing of wood materials for Mayflower II must be carried out in a selective, environmentally-responsible way. All leads will be carefully considered to meet very specific requirements that will ensure the most effective use of resources. The Museum plans to implement a tree planting program to replace any trees which may be taken down to complete the ship’s repairs. Plimoth Plantation is making an appeal for white oak lumber or trees that would meet the specific requirements for creating frames and planks for Mayflower II.

Sarah MacDonald
Manager of Media Relations and Promotions
508-746-1622 x8206
Cell: 508-425-0561
NOTE: The Museum is asking to be contacted at or by calling Sarah MacDonald at 508-746-1622, Ext. 8206.

Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler 2013

Group Photo EV 2013




Web Site Upgrades

Harley Earl at the Drawing Board

Welcome to the new EAIA web site!


This site took a while to develop, but I hope that you will enjoy your visit.

Some highlights of the new site include:


  • All New Website
  • WordPress Based Support for Blogs
  • New Photo Galleries
  • New Opportunities to Contact Committees and other EAIA Members
  • Calendar of Events
  • Chronicle
  • Shavings
  • Ability to comment on posts, interact
  • View Facebook page feed
  • Fresh new look

If there is content or features you’d like to see on this new website, please contact the web committee here.

NOTE: Hyperlinks from the old site will not work. The new site has all the same general content and back issue of publications that we had on the old site, plus new content. Publications can be found via the publications page here.


Take care,
-Bill Rainford
EAIA Web Development Lead




Tool Rack -- Old Salem NC

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