Not to be confused with a cast iron ink well, this is actually a double boiler glue pot from Landers, Frary & Clark. This particular glue pot is the very one illustrated on Page 30 of Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications, a signed and annotated copy of the book which will be included in the purchase price. One of a kind, so to speak.
I thought I would give people who follow my blog the first chance at this before I list it at an auction site. The glue pot I am selling does have a missing lifting handle on the lid and some rusting. I am in the process of cleaning my other one and it is a nightmare which I will discuss later on this blog.
This is a collector’s item, but it is also a usable glue pot that has served me well for several years.
The price is $150.00 plus $15.00 Domestic Shipping or $30.00 International Shipping for the glue pot and book. Gnomon is for scale only and is not for sale. If you are interested it will go to the first person sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although I am not sure how to pronounce the name, he is a precursor of Roubo and published his work on Architecture [slightly misleading name] in 1690! This style of clamp keeps getting older and older. The link is a pdf of his book, which is written in old French but the pictures are in English.
This is the second pair order and will be shipped out in the morning. I also used my bow saw to enlarge the notches in my clamp extension for my personal clamp.
Clamps can be ordered here. Contact me by email if you desire longer sizes.
This one sets a record. The last spinning wheel [See Montana Spinning Wheel] I had in my shop was there for about 15 months, a couple of months for the repairs and over a year in storage. This one I purchased [from a friend at the Fort Buenaventura Rendezvous, of all places] on Saturday, made a phone call, did the repairs and it was sold on Monday. I would have posted this yesterday but no one would believe the story.
I was contacted last week by a local who asked if I had any spinning wheels for sale, I told him I had one damaged one but the replacement parts and restoration would make it expensive. Then at a Mountain Man Rendezvous I found this one and bought it on speculation. Upon returning I made a call, they came by on Monday and made the purchase.
I did have to replace the flyer bearings as the eye bolts/screws didn’t seem appropriate, I used quebracho bark tanned leather, very durable stuff. I also had to replace a couple of wedges, repair a small crack in the whorl and make a replacement pitman, yet another wire pitman is replaced [I am getting a good collection of old wire].
This wheel is probably from the New England area, the base, treadle and wheel are made of quarter sawn white oak, the turnings are of birch, the washer on the maiden is sycamore and one replacement piece on the distaff is cherry. The distaff itself is made from a hickory sapling with an unusual walnut finial. The wheel is in remarkable condition considering its age [ca 1820-30] and when I was taking photographs I noticed the multi colors used in decorating. There are red bands in the middle of most of the turnings with black bands on the ends.
I think the flyer, whorl and bobbin are from another wheel, the hooks are all on one side and they are looped toward the spinner not toward the bobbin which I found unusual. The detail on the flyer is excellent.
I measured the growth rings of the quarter sawn white oak base to about 28 rings per inch, definitely old growth, a modern piece of oak on my table has 4 rings per inch.
Fun and quick project.
Well what do you know, it’s a Roubo! Here is part of the page in Andre Roubo’s work from the 18th century. Even shows the clamp extension which I first mentioned in Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker originally published in 1981 and available in paperback here.
Here are the final iteration of the original with some ‘improvements’ made from the prototype. Not really improvements more like matching the original as closely as possible. These two are for the first order that has already been placed and shipped.
Slightly longer that the original prototype they just fit in a Medium Flat Rate postal shipping box. The slight increase in length allows for 12″ between the jaws of the clamp. The increase in the size of the short bar together with the increased size of the top tab makes loosening the clamp a breeze.
These clamps not only work great but look wonderful hanging on a shop wall. You can purchase yours here. Thanks to master blacksmith Mark Schramm for making these and redoing them until we got them right.
Well it looks like Gary Roberts has done it again, bringing back for our enjoyment another traditional title from the nineteenth century. Toolemera is offering this large volume of Thomas Martins opus on the trades. You can order it here at a discount.
Weighing in at over 4 pounds it has many plates reproduced in color of the period. I have just started to read this tome and it is fascinating. The stuff on hardening and tempering is excellent as is the information on paint and turning is worth the price of the book. I strongly recommend you add this to your bibliotech.
If there is a simpler bar clamp, I have never seen one as simple as this one. I have wanted one of these clamps for a long time and now I have one. Made of 1/2″ square mild steel it has a reach of 3 1/3″ and can hold up to 12″ between jaws, with an overall length of 17″ to fit in a Medium Flat Rate box for shipping.
The prototype in the photograph is slightly shorter, clamps for sale will be slightly longer. Made by Master Blacksmith Mark Schramm, it took a couple of variations of the short piece to get it looking like the old images of this clamp.
With the addition of wooden clamp extensions [of any length] it can clamp very large panels, see illustration. Simple to use, tighten or loosen with a wooden mallet or hammer.
I am offering these for sale in The Full Chisel Store.
I recently put an item on an auction site and as usual I included in the photograph of the item my gnomon for scale. Six inch long piece of holly with ebony 1″ squares.
This is not the item but it is the gnomon in question. As it happened a fellow purchased the item, sent me an email he was happy with what he got and told me to wrap the item and gnomon and ship it off.
I sent him an email explaining that the gnomon was not for sale that I include it in every photograph. He sent me a quote from my offering ‘…Gnomon 6″ with 1″ squares.’ I can see the misunderstanding and it is entirely my fault.
So everything is good now, but from now on I will include the gnomon disclaimer, “Gnomon 6″, 1″ squares, for scale only NFS”. My mistake.
I am now offering my first 3 books together to save over $12.00 Domestic Shipping and save over $20.00 on International Shipping.
You can order Here.
Gary Roberts over at Toolemera has reproduced this wonderful work from the mid nineteenth century. Having decided to redo some of his title covers, he asked me to do a drawing for the cover of this work.
The first drawing (above) was too busy [he said], so I did another drawing that wasn’t. I think this is my first book cover on a book I didn’t write. You can order the book here.
It is an interesting book, the conversation is in the vernacular and context of the period, so it makes for good reading. It also contains information that is useful for anyone doing finishing, gold leaf work and decorative painting. A great addition to the library. (He did misspell my last name in the credits).
Also called a Turn or Fiddle Lathe and after several years and numerous requests I finally am finishing them and they will be ready for delivery soon and you can purchase them now. Order Here
I posted about the lathe earlier, but things came up and it went to the back burner. I have finished the second drawing for the wedge version, see drawing below. The other version is for threaded wooden thumbscrews, see drawing above. The entire lathe is shop made of hardwood.
The plans are 11″ by 17″ and are full size. Also included are instructions and a parts and cutting list.
The price is $15.00 plus $6.00 shipping to domestic U.S. locations. There is an additional $10.00 charge for international shipping.
Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to finish this project, you know who you are.