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18th Century Tools

Horner’s Spring Pole Lathe Unveiled

Dick Toone and Erv Tschanz

We unveiled the horner’s spring pole lathe at the Honourable Company of Horner’s 2012 Annual Meeting, which was held at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania earlier this month.

What makes this a horner’s lathe is the ability to do what we modern lathe turners call “outboard turning.” That is, to have an object that is being turned swing around without hitting the bed of the lathe; in this case, that object is a horn. This human-powered lathe can also do typical turning of spindles and other parts that would have been turned for furniture or staircases and such.

Do come back to our website often as we will be posting a video of  horns and horn butts being turned in the near future. We will also discuss the various parts of the lathe.

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American Heritage Wheelbarrow

We have introduced  a 19th century design utilizing known earlier techniques in joint construction combined with practical iron work to allow for easier side(s) removal.

The use of a 20 inch diameter wheelbarrow wheel will push or pull a heavy load over rough terrain much easier than smaller diameter wheels. All the wood selected is for durability in weather and use including all white oak frame, steam bent hickory wheel with 1/4 inch thick iron rim, mahogany flooring and sides. The wheelbarrow is very strong and has two coats of barn red over primer finish. The handles have a hook shape at their ends for ease in pulling. The rails protrude well forward of the axle to aid in tipping a heavy load. Iron reinforcement at ends of legs and rails also serve as wear protection. The steel axle is a full 1/2 inch diameter with a 1 inch wearing surface easy to keep greased so is is quiet and long lasting.

This is not a lawn decoration but a reach back to the past design that is practical for the home farmer.  With the American Heritage Wheelbarrow one can  enjoy working with planting or harvesting, hauling chopped wood or fertilizer with properly designed tool.

Each wheelbarrow is individually hand made in the old fashioned way and because of cost shipping is best picked up at my workshop in New Jersey.

Price is $650.00 plus 7% NJ sales tax.

About The Living History Shop

We hand-build 18th century travel furnishings and field equipage to your specifications.

The Living History Shop works in close collaboration with historic sites as well as the Smithsonian Museum to research and reproduce unusual and challenging examples of historic technology specific to the 1740-1790 time period.

Because of the increasing complexity and scope of our projects, we will no longer be printing a catalog. Simply call or email us with your needs or to obtain current prices and delivery schedule.

Curators of historic sites can obtain — with permission from sites in possession — reproductions of some of George Washington’s personal campaign furniture and accessories, including his: Folding Field Bedsteads, Mess Kit, Stool, Liquor Chest, Shaving Kit, large Storage Box, Luggage and Writing Case.

All items are made from original examples I have seen and documented and employ construction details of the original. Iron keyed locks are used on chest lids and drawers. Hand forged iron work is made to our specifications by Jeff Miller (Flintlock Forge).

Examples include:

  • Wooden chests with dovetail or lap joints, forged iron or rope handles, snipe or strap hinges, painted or not
  • Pine topped tables with scissor leg or sawbuck design (2″ X-legs with streacher between)
  • Pine plank benches
  • Pine bench Shaving Horse
  • Red oak open frame wheelbarrows with solid (non-spoked) wheel standard
  • Red oak standard size ( 1 3/4″ thick frame) four spoke wheelbarrows with or without sides 1/2″ thick
  • White oak heavy duty wheelbarrows using 2″ thick stock for frame and 3/4″ thick sides and bottom – four spoke wheel
  • 17-18th century Miner Style Wheelbarrow (from Diderot) with four spoked wheel in red or white oak 3/4″ sides
  • Walnut folding officers bedstead in single or double width complete with bed curtains, mattress, and storage chest
  • Walnut officers grade Chippendale style folding table with matching upholstered stool including custom canvas case
  • Walnut or maple Georgian period folding chair upholstered in leather
  • The best wooden handled table top brazier made
  • Officer grade Mess Kit Canteen
  • Wine crates with or without blown bottles
  • Wine chest with blown bottles and glasses of officer grade in iron clasped walnut and with hand made lock
  • Sundry small items such as lidded pine Tavern Tankards, Tape Looms, and curly maple Lanterns

WHITE OAK WHEELBARROWS

Garden Wheelbarrow shown less a Splint Basket (available special order) featuring 18” diameter wheel for easy pushing and white oak wood throughout. Note sweep of the rails and chamfer detail. — $475 (painted)

Many other variations possible, including the heavy duty version below. Call to discuss options and prices.

VALLEY FORGE WHEELBARROW & TABLE

Recent projects completed for Valley Forge National Historic Park. Heavy duty White Oak Wheelbarrow and Scissor Leg Table with standard one inch thick top. Both pictured on location. (photos courtesy VFNHP)

MUNITIONS HANDLING CARTS

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park will use these recently completed carts for demonstrations at the arsenal.

18TH CENTURY WHEELBARROW

This wheelbarrow is exceptionally sturdy, constructed of dense and weather resistant white oak: the same wood used in wooden ship structural timbers. Built for decades of use. Balanced and comfortable to use, this design is much more efficient than conventional modern designs.

Forged iron (and steel) hardware. Removable sides. Mortice & tenon construction throughout. Shown below in an unpainted version (without sides) and finished, ready for use.

SPRING POLE LATHE

This ingenious spring pole lathe is operated by a foot treadle and provides ample power for turnings up to about 16″ in length. Durable timber frame construction easily disassembles by means of wedge keys and allows for portable transportation. Iron hardware.

Richard S. Toone demonstrates its operation at Rockingham: Washinton’s Final Headquarters, during a living history interpretation.

R & R TOONE | FIELD EQUIPAGE

Museum-quality reproduction travel furnishings from 1740-1790. Including folding beds, chests, tables, chairs, wheelbarrows and all manner of accessories. We have handshake partnered with Bryant White, Jr. to expand our present services and provide for a continued future. Bryant Jr. is recent Journeyman graduate of The Funiture Institute of Massachusetts. He is grandson of John White (Avalon Forge), son of Bryant White (artist painter married to noted historical painter Pamela Patrick White). Some of Bryant's handiwork can be seen at www.bryantbuilds.com We are dedicated to meeting the needs of museums, historical sites, and officers in the field.

PORTRAITS

Please call with your questions or orders. We enjoy complex or challenging research and build opportunities.

Richard & Regina Toone
18 Tower Drive
Columbus, NJ 08022
PHONE (609) 261-3415

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