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

I Learned How Little I Knew

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

I Learned How Little I Knew

Article excerpt

As a new EAIA member just over twenty years ago, I really enjoyed receiving the Chronicle and Shavings and took advantage of the opportunity to purchase some pretty unique publications.

It wasn't until I attended my first annual meeting (this was held in Albany, New York) that I discovered the very heart of our organization, its members. I had done some reading, been to a few auctions, and considered myself reasonably knowledgeable on the subject of early American tools and technology. At the meeting, it didn't take long for me to realize just how little I knew. My first whatsits session-what an eye opener! Those sitting around me may not have been able to identify the specific object but they sure had some neat ideas to share combined with great humor.

At the. tool display session, and it was a large one at that meeting, I discovered how generous our members are in sharing information. They didn't seem to mind that I didn't know much but were glad that I was interested in finding out about what they had. What could have been a time of real disappointment over my inadequacies became a pleasant learning experience. I didn't need to jump off a bridge, just enjoy contact with the new friends I'd made. I met authors of books I had read, important dealers, and amazing collectors. …

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