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I found this old picture in my Dad's house and thought it might be of interest. It's a picture from the early part of the 1900's of my great great uncle (2nd from left) in the pattern shop of the local foundry where he worked as a patternmaker. He built furniture in his spare time, a few pieces of which I still have. I also still use some of his tools in my shop. He raised my Dad and put him through Duke University. Unfortunately, he died before I was born so I never knew him, but heard many tales of his prowess as a craftsman and outdoorsman.
I brightened it up a bit for ya...
That's when men were men , no dust system no eye or ear protection no safety guards. Love it.
Very Cool, thanks for sharing
Thank you for sharing.
PS: Machine in foreground looks like a early cousin to an Oliver 173/273 scroll saw...would love to own one!
Forget about cutting your fingers on an unguarded saw blade, this leather-belted labyrinth is sure to rip your arms off before you get to dangerously close.
I've heard scary stories from Grandpa about these drive-shaft, belt-driven workshops... Now I know they're true. Yikes!
My dad has a letter from his father before he was born. In part it says;
"lots of jobs here as they are killing a man a week"
He was talking about logging in the pacific northwest about 1900.
Dave, thanks for the posting. That's great old picture.