The tools that I choose to keep serve more purpose than to facilitate the manufacture of the work. In an age where cheaply manufactured tools are abundant, I prefer to spend my days seeking out and often times physically traveling the extra mile to acquire machinery that has stood the test of time. The conversations had with each previous owner can gift many things: useful technical knowledge, a glimpse into the past or even just some funny stories.
I often consider which factories or shops these tools have lived in, what types of work they may have completed and perhaps a bit morbid - where will they end up when I no longer require their service?
Even though these tools are inanimate objects, they speak of certain values of the past, reveal the intentions & sensibilities of their designers and embody the rich history of industrial manufacturing; particularly that of the United States.
Custom Hardware Production
Tools of the Trade
Partial list of tools that are found in the shop.
Bridgeport Milling machine
Delta Band Saw (for wood)
Delta 1" Belt Sander
Delta 6"x48" Belt Sander
Delta 12" Disk Sander
Delta 17-600 Drill Press
Delta DP220 Drill Press x 3
Delta Wood Lathe x 2
Delta Radial Arm Saw
DeWalt Radial Arm Saw
Hardinge DSM-59 / DV-59
Jet Table Saw
Patternmakers Spindle Sander
Powermatic 100 Planer
South Bend 9A Lathe x 2 (one for wood, one for metal)
Wade No. 7 Watchmakers Lathe
Walker Turner 14" Bandsaw (for metal)
Walker Turner 16" Bandsaw (for wood)
Trade of the Tools
List of items I'm looking for. Will trade for AWN pieces or $$$.
Any and all tooling for the aforementioned machines
Tool/Die Maker items - commercial and homemade
Patternmakers Wood Lathe
Wadkin Patternmakers Mill
Hardinge HLV-H Lathe
Deckel or similar Euro-Style Milling Machine
Horizontal Mill - benchtop up to 1 ton size