• 2017 Annual Meeting Activities

    You may have looked at the 2017 Annual Meeting on the events section of the EAIA website or on the blog and wondered what is included in each of the workshops, tours and presentation as you try to determine which of them many activities you’d like to sign up for. So we’ve put together the […]

  • 18th C. House Wrights, Jointers & Carpenters: Bristol County, MA, part 2

    Bristol County Documents Part Two This fifth post of documents and deeds relating to Early American woodworking trades and craftsmen covers Part 2 of Bristol County, Massachusetts. Middlesex and Essex counties of Massachusetts were covered previously and Plymouth County will be next. As with Bristol part 1, most of these Bristol County documents are court records. […]

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    Historic Trades Sampler 2017

    The EAIA Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler will be held on Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Historic Eastfield Village, in East Nassau, New York. The Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler offers a sampling of trades with an opportunity to learn about them while completing a small project related to the craft. The program […]

  • Model Shop #110 Adjustable Block Plane Attributed to Justus Traut

    Justus Traut’s Early Adjustable #110 Block Planes

    As I told you in my last post, Stanley Rule & Level Company introduced the #110 non-adjustable block plane sometime in 1874.  The plane was derived from Justus Traut’s patent No. 159,865 granted on February 16, 1875.  Traut had sent in his patent application on November 13, 1874 at about the time Stanley started advertising […]

  • 18th C. House Wrights, Jointers & Carpenters: Plymouth County, MA

    Plymouth County Documents This post presents  documents and deeds relating to Early American woodworking trades and craftsmen and covers Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Bristol, Middlesex and Essex Counties of Massachusetts were covered previously. These documents cover nearly 100 years, from Queen Anne to King George the 2nd to President George Washington. Each of the documents provides a name, a profession, a place […]

  • Here is a closup of the runner pre-wet finish. The final product fulled beautifully!

    Getting started with Fiber Arts

    Hangin’ by a thread: Getting Started  “What hobbies are you interested in?” When I’m asked about hobbies and responds with “weaving” or “spinning,” there is usually a silence and/or a quizzical look. Recently, someone tried to explain to me that I could buy dishtowels at Walmart and wouldn’t that be easier?  A response to “spinning” […]

  • Bailey Victor Block Plane, Holly Block Plane, Traut #110 Block Plane 980x550

    Copy Cat Blocks and One From the Model Shop

    On July 6, 1852, Birdsill Holly was granted Patent No. 9,094 for a cast iron bench plane.  In addition to his cast iron bench planes he produced and sold two models of a cast iron block plane.  There are no individual patents for these block planes and they were manufactured for only about 8 years […]

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    Don Taylor’s Tool Collection

    It is with a heavy heart that I write about the passing of Don Taylor a long time EAIA and MWTCA member and avid tool collector earlier this year. (Details below) His son Scott Taylor wrote to me that he wanted to let the group know that he’s working to settle his father’s affairs and […]

  • Israel White Three Arm Plow Plane

    Brown’s 49th International Antique Tool Auction

    October 29th, 2016, Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, PA By: John G Wells Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium. A 3% discount is available for cash or a good check. Prices enclosed in square brackets are pre-auction estimates taken from the Brown auction catalog No. 49. The condition of all items was […]

  • E.A.I.A. Returns to OSV

    Plans are coming together for the 2017 Annual meeting at Old Sturbridge Village, an organization and venue that has had a relationship with EAIA as far back as 1946, the date that the Village was founded and opened for business. The Village interprets life in a rural New England village during approximately 1790 through 1840, […]

  • Model Shop Aluminum Block Planes

    “What Goes Around Comes Around”

    Aluminum Block Planes from the Stanley Model Shop In the first couple of decades of the 20th century, aluminum became available to manufacturers at a reasonable cost. Although aluminum comprises 8.2% of the earth’s crust, making it the most abundant metal in nature, it never occurs in its free form.  In 1825, Hans Christian Oersted, […]

  • Handwoven dishtowels: Four completed towels (too pretty to use!)

    Hanging by a thread….

    There’s no question that Pam Howard sets a tough example. Teaching, being a mom and wife, traveling, and still finding the time to spin, weave, dye and blog! Down here in deep South Texas time and people move a lot s-l-o-w-e-r (especially in the summer). I’m waiting for the lovely white wool that I will […]

  • EAIA Fiber Interest Group

    It has been three months since we had our first EAIA Fiber Interest group meeting.  It was great to see such an enthusiastic group of fiber artists.   Summer has been very busy but I have managed to get some weaving, dyeing, and spinning done.  Speaking of spinning there is a fun project that has […]

  • Ivory sector, English, 2nd half of the 19th century

    The New Rules for Ivory Containing Tools-Revisited

    On October 21st, 2014, I posted a blog on this website about the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Order 210 regarding the importation, exportation and sale of ivory in the U. S. (You can read the earlier post here.). This order applied to revisions to the Endangered Species Act Special Rule for the African […]

  • 980x550 #278 and #278 Stanley Prototype

    Stanley Model Shop #278 Rabbet and Filletster Plane

    The Stanley Rule & Level Company was always interested in providing its customers with the tools they wanted.  They were very adept at bringing to market variations of their tools to satisfy the demands of as many workmen as possible.  They listened to their customers and often incorporated their suggestions into the tools they produced.  […]

  • 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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2017 Annual Meeting Activities

You may have looked at the 2017 Annual Meeting on the events section of the EAIA website or on the blog and wondered what is included in each of the workshops, tours and presentation as you try to determine which of them many activities you’d like to sign up for. So we’ve put together the […]

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