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The MercerToolMuseum in Doylestown, PA. is a must see museum for the antique collector. Our CRAFTS Antique tool club has participated in the Antique Tool Days this museum holds in the fall. Below is a report on one of these events a few years ago.

Above Don Wallace demonstrates using the shaving horse while keeping one eye on the youngster with the mallet hitting the froe.

Many CRAFTS members participated in the Mercer Museum Tool Day event held this past November. Many hands-on activities were put together by members as the Mercer Museum played host to different scouting groups. Don Wallace demonstrated how to use the shaving horse using hand rived wood the kids split. Anna Rokita provided a hands-on display, as visitors used her many different antique apple peelers to enjoy a tasty snack. Youngsters were busy sawing, drilling and hammering as they built pegboards by hand.



















The youngster to the left is making pegs by driving wood thru a sizer. They are then used to make a coat hanging rack when others drill holes in the backing board below.






I had my hands full as many wanted to try wood turning using the foot powered treadle lathe. It is a companion lathe made of cast iron. It is a small lathe but perfect for youg woodworkers. I had them make small walnut baseball bats. It was a challenge to work the foot threadle and also control the chisel. Thu below scouts team up working together to turn a small baseball bat on the treadle lathe.














Sue Jacobs had visitors try their hand at corn husking using the many different antique huskers she had on exhibit. Her husband Walter, displayed a treasured collection of pre-Stanley, Bailey planes.
I sent some youngsters over to ask him if they could try their hand at using these hand planes. For some reason, Walter did not want these kids using his planes’. Below is a photo of the original Leonard Bailey scraper Walter had on display.




Inside, Ken Hopfel had an impressive display of Philadelphia plane-maker, John Veit’s tools. Displayed was an extraordinary shaving horse with Veit’s mark. Also, Alex Farnham had some of his most recent finds of New Jersey antique tools. Below is a very rare A. Dodd, Mendham, NJ parallel rule.








Herb Kean gave a presentation on coopering and drew a crowd, as kids used his six foot cooper’s plane to shape barrel staves. At right Herb Kean discusses the finer points of woodworking with two visitors.

The kids and their parents kept us busy all day until it was time to go. It was another beautiful day outside and the time at the Mercer Museum flew by. It was fun and I am sure many youngsters had their first experience with the tools we collect and study. It is from activities like these that budding collectors of tomorrow will originate.



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