• Bill McMillen's assembled tin canister

    A Tin Canister by Bill McMillen, Part 3

    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″ […]

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    April Regional Meeting Westerly RI — Quarries and Quarrying Tools

    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 […]

  • Traut's Bull Nose Block Plane,980x550

    Justus Traut’s Bull-Nose Plane

    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 […]

  • IMG_980x550 Ohio Tool Co. Center Wheel Plow

    The 46th Brown International Antique Tool Auction by John Wells

    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

    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Model Shop Wood Bottom Planes with Rosewood Soles

    Stanley Model Shop Beech and Rosewood Wood Bottom Planes

    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 […]

  • Pattern for 1.5 quart canister

    A tin canister by Bill McMillen, Part 2

    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, […]

  • 2015 Annaual Meeting Medallion 980x550

    Have You Registerd Yet for the Early American Industries Association 2015 Annual Meeting in Quebec City?

    March is here, and in just over two months we’ll be congregating for the 2015 Early American Industries Association Annual Meeting in Quebec City, Canada on May 13th through May 16th, 2015.  We’ll be staying at the Ambassadeur Hotel & Suites in Quebec City.  The hotel can be reached at 1-800-363-2619.  We’ve contracted with the […]

  • Reproduction tin canister

    A tin canister by Bill McMillen, Part 1

    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 […]

  • 980x550 Miller's Patent Tongue and Groove Plane

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

    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 […]

  • Old Quebec City

    Time is Passing! Get Ready for Quebec City – Get Your Passport or Passport Card!

    Anyone from outside of Canada, including children, who plan on attending the 2015 EAIA Annual Meeting in Quebec City, Canada will need an up to date Passport or a Passport Card to enter and leave Canada. If you don’t have a passport, or yours is in need of renewal, it’s not too late. Got to […]

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

    Traut’s Patent Hollow and Round Plane

    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 […]

  • Round Bottom Block Plane from the Stanley Model Shop

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

         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 […]

  • Brass Surveying Transit

    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 […]

  • Nickel Plated Stanley #2 Re-sized 980x550 pixels

    An Unusual Nickel Plated Stanley #2 With a Chamfered Sole

    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.  […]

  • Ivory Slide Arm Plow Plane. Brown Auction #45

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

    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 […]

  • Stanley "Handyman" H104 Plane as drawn by James A. Clarke

    Stanley Handyman H104 ‘Ready-Edge’ Smoothing Plane

    Have you ever used a Gillette disposable razor cartridge and thought to yourself — “Why don’t they do this with a bench plane? It would save me all that time I spent sharpening my plane irons…”? Apparently someone at Stanley in the 1960s was thinking along those lines….and whether you love or hate that concept […]

  • Piano Keys (Cropped for Featured Image)

    New Rules for Ivory & Tools Containing Ivory

    On February 25th, 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service enacted Director’s Order 210 restricting the importation, exportation, and sale of ivory in the U.S.  This order was reinforced in July, when President Obama issued an Executive Order committing the U.S. to step up its efforts to stop wildlife trafficking.  It’s estimated that 30,000-35,000 […]

  • Moving West -- Tools of the Western Frontier

    EAIA Annual Meeting 2014: Day 4 Tool Sale, Trading Show, Auction and Banquet

    Photo Gallery from the EAIA 2014 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh PA   Photos by Bill Rainford and Paul Van Pernis

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Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler

Tinsmithing, blacksmithing, hand planing, floor cloth painting and flint knapping offered this year. July 30-Aug 2.

The Early American Industries Association Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler, will be held on Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Historic Eastfield Village, East Nassau, New York. The program this year will include:

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Bill McMillen's assembled tin canister

A Tin Canister by Bill McMillen, Part 3

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″ […]

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