• 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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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

  • Paul Van Pernis at the Henry Ford Museum

    President’s Blog – Who, What, & Why EAIA

    I need to introduce myself.  My name is Paul Van Pernis and I’m the current President of The Early American Industries Association.  You’ve found our website and I thought you might like to know a bit more about EAIA.  Hopefully with some more information you might be persuaded to join us!  EAIA was founded in […]

  • Frontal view of chair

    An Important Philadelphia Windsor Chair Discovered in Atlanta

    By Herb Lapp I occasionally make Windsor chairs.  Last year I completed a commission to make some fine and broken eighteenth century pre-Revolution Philadelphia Windsor chairs for the American Revolution Center that is being built in Philadelphia.  I have studied hundreds of old Windsor chairs at museums all around the Delaware Valley; that research has […]

  • Fort Pitt Musuem Musem

    EAIA Annual Meeting 2014: Day 3 Fort Pitt & Heinz History Center

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

  • The Gardens of Old Economy Village

    EAIA Annual Meeting 2014: Day 1 Tailgating & Day 2 Old Economy Village + Whatsits

    Photo Gallery from the EAIA 2014 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh PA

  • Conjectural view of the Nassawango hot blast furnace in operation.

    Nassawango Hot Blast Furnace, Snow Hill, MD

    Article Submitted by Alice Paterra Branch Manager, Worcester County Library, Berlin, MD   Back among the trees of the Pocomoke Forest stands a tall structure made of brick. The structure is what remains of an iron furnace; the furnace stack has been dormant since 1850, but between the years of 1831 and 1850 it was […]

  • The Ironmonger - The King of Hardware Trade Journals By Geoffrey Tweedale

    The Ironmonger – The King of Hardware Trade Journals By Geoffrey Tweedale

    Anyone who has picked up an old saw, plane, or knife soon looks for a trade mark or maker’s name. These can identify and sometimes date an artefact. But one often wants to know more about the history of the manufacturer or individual. Reference books and other published sources – such as newspapers and directories […]

  • American saw Co. Saw blade etch - featured image.

    Unusual Panel Saw by the American Saw Co.

    This article was authored by Wiktor Kuc and Joe Steiner. Some time ago Joe Steiner (former partner at Sauer & Steiner Toolworks) sent me this email: “Hey Wiktor, I don’t know if this interests you but here are some pics of a saw from a co. that is the first example I have seen (maybe […]

  • Header Image for 2014 Regional Meeting

    A Smithy & A Foundry-man — Regional Meeting

    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 […]

  • Shelburne Musuem Shaker barn full of tools

    9th Annual Tool Discovery Day

    9th Annual TOOL DISCOVERY DAY Sunday, July 20, 2014 11am to 3pm At: 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 […]

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    Fireplace and Oven Workshop At Eastfield Village

    I spent the past week out at Eastfield Village for a 5 day workshop on building a traditional fireplace and beehive oven. The class was full of Carpentry and Preservation Carpentry Students from the North Bennet Street School in Boston. We had a great time learning the ins and outs of building a traditional fireplace. […]

  • Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor

    Oak Lumber Needed for Plimoth Plantation

    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. […]

  • Smith's Key Saws (Cropped)

    Decoding Smith’s ‘Key’

    The following article was recently published in ‘American Period Furniture, 2013′, the annual publication of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers . I wrote the article to chronicle my study of Joseph Smith’s ‘Key’. I hope you find it enjoyable. -Matt Cianci Joseph Smith was an English engraver working around the turn of the 18th century, and […]

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This is an excellent video that offers information about the history and production of #axes and the role they played in American history.

Axe Men

Jacob Sibley used his shipbuilder's axe to help construct USS Constitution in the 1790s. Watch as modern blacksmiths accurately reproduce the Sibley axe and ...

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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 […]

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