While no Anarchist’s tool chests were to be found this year, this solid old chest, presumably from Nantucket given the huge painted label on the front. This book fundamentally changed (formed) my relationship with woodworking. However, I kind of like the smaller size and “portability” of the dutch tool chest.
A nice big redirect block to use with my gin pole. Friday morning with the auction in full swing you’ll find and even wider array of vendors selling their wares. I’ve already ordered another book by the author. The Anarchist's Tool Chest book.
Now it’s time to start saving for the September show. Some years you’ll see tons of a given type of item, other years that same item might be real hard to come by. So I grabbed a few snapshots of what I saw this time out, but nothing overly notable. An excellent intro to the why of hand tool craft and expression rejecting the pointless materialism found in modern furniture. This book fundamentally changed (formed) my relationship with woodworking. My favorite find which was given to me for free is an old EAIA Pamphlet from 1971 that was put together for Old Bethpage Village in NY (which I remember going to in grade school) called ‘Of Plates and Purlins — Grandpa builds a Barn’ This great little pamphlet has a very Eric Sloane-esque feel to it and walks through the basics of building a dutch barn. If they were exposed to enough heat the hammer would spring like a mouse trap, smash the glass causing a violent chemical reaction that would remove oxygen from the area and hopefully put out the fire.
Every year the tool show gets earlier and earlier. And for the tool collector who has everything, why not pick up some giant metal shell casing, or a paint mill.
Once I clean it up and tune it, I’ll post about it. Not because it describes how to build anything particularly exciting (except for a hand built wooden tool chest that I suspect few with bother with).
An interesting commercial tool cabinet made from metal with what looked like mediocre post WWII tools. Day 3 was the last day of the EAIA 2103 Conference on Cape Cod.
The most inspiring and informative book I have read since Craig Gay's "Modern Technology and the Human Future.". The hand-forged hardware is the new “ Anarchist’s Tool Chest Re-forged kit ” from Horton Brasses. Also, rather than exploring timeless forms, few people notice trends while they're a part of it. This year there were more vendors compared to recent years and there was a particularly great selection of molding planes and bench planes. On Friday and Saturday the highlight for most folks is normally the tool auction at the Nashua Holiday Inn. In the book, Chris builds a tool chest suited to store all the necessary hand tools for traditional woodworking. On the left side of the photo you’ll see a large and heavy duty snatch block that will come in handy when moving heavy timbers and the like around in the yard. I tried my best to be good and save my pennies for the Nashua tool show later this month, but I did find some new toys. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The tool chest above with simple finger joints and nice hardware looks pretty new, but I am glad to see some more recent projects circulating around. This very utilitarian chest was largely made of heavy metal sheets. Often the man with the framing square in a photo like this is the master, but the young man to the right of the well dressed man does not look like he’s the most experienced out of this lot.
Those dry spots are also saved by the fact that Schwarz is an excellent writer and is thoughtful about both his craft and the place of his craft in an increasingly IKEA-fied society. I was drawn to this interesting hand drill with a nice turned handle and unusual machined elements. The top till had a lid and a single divider inside. So if anyone has any further insights to add, please add them to the comments below. I’d like to have tried that approach, but I’m concerned about the amount of time it would add. A nice oak shave horse or schnitzelbank It was made from heavy oak, pegged and secured with cut nails. Neat antique fire extinguisher grenades by ‘Shur Stop’. This wasn't the best idea, a lot of the explanations require some experience to understand what problems he is referring too e.g. And a nice 5″ deep 28″ long Atkins mitre box saw to go with the Stanley mitre box I bought in April — at the time it came with a 6″ deep Disston saw that worked fine by was a bit too tall for my liking, so this was a better fit. And the argument for handmade objects over cheap, poorly made furniture rings true for me. Start by marking “The Anarchist's Tool Chest” as Want to Read: Error rating book.
Don’t let the sometimes quiet streets fool you, once inside the school you are in a lively space full of folks who as passionate about woodworking as you are.
I bought a nice full set of Irwin auger bits — we’ll see how they compare to the Russell Jennings pattern bits I bought last year. An interesting tool chest for sale with LOTs of round headed screws for decoration and as part of the construction of the chest. Studley inspired cabinets here).
I love the fact that the author writes with a witty and relaxed, yet sophisticated style. And now on to the big finale — what did I get this year? I grant this book may not resonate with all the way it resonated with me. Next up was master tinsmith Bill MicMillen — who you may have seen at other EAIA events, Eastfield Village or Colonial Williamsburg. Good and detailed overview of one man's hard-won opinions on what hand tools are essential for those getting into the world of hand woodworking, which makes it a good place to start for newbies like me. Alyssa had her heart set on this nice turned pen made from kingwood and is already putting it to good use. A good chunk of the tex is about hand tool selection: what to have and why. Loitering in the back of the classroom is a corner cupboard you may recognize from Roy’s show. Many of these vendors are retirees who drive from around the country to be at this event, buy from the auction and pay to stay in the hotel for several days — most doing it for fun as I doubt what these folks are making off the tools goes too much further than covering expenses.
This past Thursday and Friday I made my bi-annual pilgrimage to the ‘Live Free or Die’ Tool Show and Auction in Nashua, NH. The latter I did kind of want…. For Labor Day weekend this year I flew down to the Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina to take a 3 day class on making a Jointer Plane with Willard ‘Bill’ Anderson (more on that in an upcoming post). After breakfast we headed off to the Tool Show and Swap where folks setup tables full of tools for sale or trade or a booth with a display to show either a unique collection, research results or other things of interest to the group.
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