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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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We are sad to announce that Walter R. T. Smith has died. He was a member of EAIA for more than 40 years. Please read the attached obituary as his accomplishments were legion. We send our condolences to the Smith family.

Walter Roswell Truman Smith, 92

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[caption id=attachment_36851 align=alignright width=249] Walter R.T. Smith[/caption] Walter R.T. Smith, master builder, building historian and preser

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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 […]

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