Friday, May 9, 2014

Another wall-hung box for sale

Sorry to bombard this space with wall hung boxes, but I have another one that I need to rehome.

I bought this one at the Utica Antique Show back in 2010. Unfortunately, it looks like a fair number of the original tools were lost before I found her. There were no chisels in the box and only one small Henry Disston and Sons backsaw with a round handle. The metal planes are all in really great shape, with only very minor surface rust on the castings. They include a Stanley 5 1/2C, a Ohio Tool No 06 corrugated fore plane, a Stanley 10 rabbet bench plane and a Tower and Lyon 9" smoothing plane. The wooden horned planes do have most of the wedges and irons, they are stored in the lower right side drawer. There is a nice 9" I and IJ White draw knife. In addition, there is a carriage makers router draw knife. Lots of miscellaneous small tools in the drawers.

The Ohio metal planes are outstanding workers, as they have nice thick blades. The Stanley 10 isn't broken and should be worth $150 on its own. And the Tower and Lyon smooth is pretty rare. I think the whole lot, box and all, should be worth $750. I'll take best offer, but again this is pick-up only. Call at 517-231-3374 or email me at

Here are the pics I took back in 2010.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

SOLD - Wall hung tool chest for sale - SOLD

I bought this a couple of months ago, simply because I couldn't stand to have it left in an antique mall cold and alone... or see it become some "decorative" piece. But, I really can't justify hanging on to it any more. 

Solid mahogany, absolutely beautiful. Most of the tool hanging provisions were gone when I picked it up so it is a completely blank slate on which to engineer your tool solution.  Stunning fretwork swinging arm on which to hang measuring tools, fret saw, etc. And a really cool saw till built into the mirrored door. 

Someone took their time with this thing. Top quality hardware. My guess is that it is late 19th century, perhaps early 20th century.  This box can and should be a real stunner. First $500 OBO takes it. Pick up only. Email me or call me at 517-231-3374 to discuss.

Update: this box has sold. I'm seriously contemplating listing one other similar box. It isn't as decorative but comes with a large number of tools. 

The 2014 Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Craft

I was juried into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Craft for 2014. This is a huge honor and one that means a lot in the American decorative arts community. My work will be listed in the Formal / Painted category in the June issue of EAL.

EAL is an incredible resource for anyone interested in the decorative arts. They cover not only furniture, but silver, pottery, glassware, architecture, cooking, the fiber arts, and just about anything else you can think of along those lines. I would encourage anyone who reads my stuff to check out an issue, or save yourself time and just subscribe. You won't be sorry.

Finally, here is what Megan Fitzpatrick of Popular Woodworking Magazine had to say about my inclusion...

I've got some exciting projects coming up. I'm just finishing a Federal-style huntboard for my wife, then it is right back to early styles, including a reproduction of a desk owned by Chief Justice John Marshall, a faux-burl blanket chest and a c.1760 Massachusetts dresser. Plus whatever work comes my way between now and then. And I should have another article or two coming soon, in a couple of different places. So, lots to do and lots to write. Keep an eye on this space for more details.

Till next,