Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Tooling Adventure Memorable

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Tooling Adventure Memorable

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PRESIDENT'S SPACE

We just have just returned [early October] from another EAIA Tool Tour, this time to the Netherlands and Belgium with an optional extension to the David Stanley Tool Auction in Coalville, England. There were sixteen members on the trip this year, which started in Amsterdam. I will quickly mention some of our excursions (more to follow in next issue of Shavings). I enjoyed everything I saw and did on this tooling adventure.

However the icing on the cake was being able to travel with a group of friends with kindred minds.

One highlight was our visit to the Gereedschap Museum Mensert in Delft, run by the brothers Willem and Gerrit Mensert. A large collection of Dutch tools was well displayed. We had the chance to see the actual Dutch planes referred to in Four Centuries of Dutch Planes and Plane Makers by Gerrit van der Sterre.

Delft was an interesting city. I was most impressed with the number of bicycles and fewer and smaller cars; everyone living there looked trim and healthy.

We also explored the Dutch province of Zeeland and the spectacular Delta Project. The history of Holland's continuing battle against the rising sea helped us to understand what a great engineering feat the Dutch have accomplished. …

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