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post #1 of 66 Old 06-04-2012, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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I've recently begun working with the Louisiana State Museum of Rural Life to get their tool collection properly organized and refurbished

This is the first box I've gone through and catalogued. It's mostly moulding planes and of those mostly side beads. There is still plenty to go through as the other pictures portray. In Sept I'll be doing demonstrations of log felling, hewing, picket splitting, shingle splitting, a pit saw, two man cc saw and more.

In December I'll be demonstrating traditional furniture building with hand tools and hope to have regular classes on hand powered wood working by next year.

Thus far, every tool I've looked at has been in need of attention and the plan is to train a student intern or two presently employed there on properly restoring the tools.

The first picture is the first ones I've truly gone through, labeled and listed needed work. The other pictures are various items of interests.

I'll update with progress as this goes along. As I go along I'll give detailed info on any tools of particular interest or rarity.
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Now THAT'S a project!! Looks like fun.
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You've surfaced! OK, now we get to examine all these goodies.
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WOW! What an incredible opportunity. Can't wait to see what rarities/oddities you come across in your project.

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Holy Friggin' Moley!


-In for a nickle...
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A fantastic opportunity and a great honour to be trusted to do this job. Good luck with it!
I'm looking forward to see updates of your progress.

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What a great project to work on. please remember to photograph the oddities you come across, I am sure they will be there.

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I forgot to mention! I'll likely need you guy's help from time to time because I'm sure there will be some odd ball tools!
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Congratulations, I look forward to seeing your work at the museum here at WWT. The pics you've already shown are juicy, I can't wait to see more.
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Tom, are you in heaven or what?!? What a fantastic opportunity for you. Look out Roy Underhill, here comes Firemedic!

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Tom, are you in heaven or what?!? What a fantastic opportunity for you. Look out Roy Underhill, here comes Firemedic!
Yes, it's like my own little slice of Heaven :)

Roy has nothing to look out for... He'll be dead and gone long before I ever learn half of what he knows. The scope and depth of knowledge that man has between his ears is simply incredible!
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Man, I would be in hog heaven there, there are so many great tools of the past, it would be hard to chose which would be my favorite. How in the world did you learn so much to be so young?

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WOW WOW WOW Tom you are one ambitious young man....wish I could ditch this stuff I have going and ride down to lend a hand

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WOW WOW WOW Tom you are one ambitious young man....wish I could ditch this stuff I have going and ride down to lend a hand
Come on down, Lawrence! I'd love the help!
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There were some questions about a Joh Weiss plow plane pictured above so I took more detailed pictures for y'all while I was at the museum early this week.
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I can almost "hear" it...





...know what I mean?
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Very cool!
You got your work cut out for you.
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What where The questions Tom?
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What where The questions Tom?
Billy, Brink asked me to get better pictures of it over on the woodbarter site. So I uploaded em here too
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Getting ready for next month!

They / I've added timber framing joints to the demo as well now... Stay tuned for pictures and hopefully video too!
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